Foods That Boost Libido Instantly

Foods That Boost Libido Instantly

What if you could eat your way to a better sex life? Sounds good, right?

If you are dealing with a low libido, or low sex drive, there are some foods that can help. Certain foods can boost libido because of their aphrodisiac properties.

foods that instantly boost libido

Add these aphrodisiac foods to a balanced diet to improve your overall sexual health and boost your libido instantly….

We love this first one!

Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate contains compounds that can promote the release of endorphins and boost serotonin levels, potentially leading to an increase in sexual desire and pleasure. Chocolate has historically been used to treat a poor sexual appetite and/or low virility (Dillinger T, 2000), promote a feeling of well-being and act as an aphrodisiac food (Montagna MT, 2019). It’s a delicious one to try out with your sweetheart!

Oysters: Oysters are commonly associated with aphrodisiac properties due to their high content of zinc, which is essential for testosterone production and sexual health. Low zinc levels negatively impact testosterone (Fallah A, 2018) which can have a knock-on effect on sexual desire and function.

Watermelon: Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that can help relax and dilate blood vessels, which is similar to how Viagra works. This can improve blood flow to the genital area and enhance sexual arousal (Bottari A, 2013) and (Rotimi DE, 2023).

Avocado: Avocados are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E and B vitamins, which are important for hormone production and overall sexual health. They contain vitamin B6 which helps to reduce symptoms of PMS such as bloating, fatigue and irritability (Retallick-Brown H, 2020). Anecdotally, for this reason, avocado is thought to help women be more in the mood for sex around the time of their period.

Berries: Blueberries and strawberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help improve blood flow and promote overall sexual health. They contain flavonoids like anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, which have been shown to improve sexual function (Kalt W, 2020). A diet high in blueberries increases blood flow to the genitalia (Kalt W, 2020). Higher blood flow can mean more pleasure.

Chili peppers: Spicy foods like chili peppers contain capsaicin (Kumar Sharma S, 2013), which can increase circulation and stimulate nerve endings, potentially leading to increased arousal. Capsaicin helps release feel-good endorphins around the body. Anecdotally, capsaicin and the spiciness of chilies that stimulates the nerve endings act on the tongue and release libido-boosting chemicals. 

Honey: Honey has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. It is rich in B vitamins and minerals that can regulate hormone production, increase testosterone and provide an energy boost (Hashem NM, 2021).

Red wine: Just a little can help you get in the mood. Moderate intake of red wine is linked with higher sexual desire, lubrication and overall sexual function in women (Mondaini N, 2009). More than two glasses of red wine daily or drinking other types of alcohol didn’t produce the same results. We certainly don’t advocate drinking to help your problems, but you know what we mean…a small glass can help to relax and increase your desire.

Figs: Figs are often associated with fertility and sexuality due to their sensual appearance. However, there isn’t strong evidence underpinning their aphrodisiac effects. Instead, they are promoted to increase sexuality because they are rich in antioxidants, fiber, folate, manganese and potassium; all of which are necessary for sexual health. Potassium, in particular, is thought to increase female sexual arousal (Rockefeller Univ., 2008).

Saffron: Saffron is a spice that is used as an aphrodisiac. It may help improve mood and increase sexual arousal and desire (Kashani L, 2012).

Bananas: Some believe bananas can boost libido, but there’s not much research to support this. However, bananas are a great source of potassium (Anyasi TAA, 2013), which increases testosterone production (Sánchez-Capelo A, 1993). Women need testosterone too and low testosterone can negatively affect a woman’s sex drive.


Try using some of these foods next time you see your partner. Make a libido-boosting meal combining a few of them to get both of you in the mood!

These aphrodisiac foods can give a boost to your libido. But it’s also important to consistently have a healthy diet and lifestyle for the best health, which includes a strong libido. A nutritious whole foods diet, exercise, good sleep, stress management are all key. Getting help with any underlying physical or psychological factors is also essential.

If you’re experiencing persistent issues with libido or sexual function, get in touch with us at The Libido Doctor. We are here to help you get your sex life on track!

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