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Four Aphrodisiacs That Really Work

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Feb 14, 2018 10:13:48 AM

One part magic, one part myth, aphrodisiacs may get a lot of talk, but doesn't mean they guarantee a lot of action.

Aphrodisiacs – foods that increase sexual desire and satisfaction – have understandably been a coveted item for thousands of years. But many of the original erotic edibles were nothing more than lustful legends. Stoked by the lure of foods that were just “new” or “exotic” to certain regions of the world, or likening shapely produce to purported reproductive benefits, most cultures got the idea of aphrodisiacs very wrong over the years. Potatoes, for example, were considered an aphrodisiac in Europe soon after they were introduced in the 16th century. And phallic vegetables like carrots or seed-filled fruits like pomegranates were deemed fertility enhancers as little as just a few hundred years ago.

Now we have a bit more research at our hands to discern the legitimate aphrodisiacs from the lore. (Spoiler alert: chocolate and oysters don't make the cut.) In fact, the most studied and confirmed aphrodisiacs are primarily little-known herbs and plants, but there are still a few that you can easily add to your food…or at least your supplement cabinet. So, without further ado, here are some foods that really can help put you in the mood:

Maca Root
In its native region of Peru, Maca has long been used to enhance fertility, increase sexual arousal and balance hormones. As one of the most heavily researched aphrodisiacs in the world, studies have confirmed its real-deal abilities to augment all of the above for both men and women…and not to mention, it also increases overall strength and stamina as well.

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