Though oysters and strawberries may be stereotyped as aphrodisiacs, that does not mean that their image as libido-enhancers is necessarily wide of the mark. The University of Buffalo’s newspaper Spectrum listed foods that may increase mood, energy and potentially passion.
Oysters and chocolate received top billing. These foods have been cited for centuries as being good for a passionate relationship. The news source said that consuming chocolate can trigger the release of pleasure hormones called endorphins in the brain.
And oysters? According to Self Nutrition Data, they are an excellent source of iron, zinc and vitamin B12.
Other foods that made the list include bananas, avocados, asparagus and almonds, each of which contains vital nutrients essential for good heart health and energy.
Studies have shown that certain naturally derived products may help increase libido. Research published in the journal Sex and Marital Therapy indicated that gingko biloba extract may have a positive effect on arousal. Likewise, ginseng may have similar properties, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences reported.