Aphrodisiacs to increase your libido

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Aphrodisiacs are substances that can increase your sexual desire. Here are some scientifically proven aphrodisiacs you can incorporate into your diet to boost your libido!

Aphrodisiacs you can use to increase your libido


Maca is a sweet root vegetable in South America and studies have found that it increases libido and erectile function. It has commonly been referred to as a “fertility-boosting” vegetable, and taking 1.5-3.5 grams a day for up to 12 weeks can increase your sex drive.


Fenugreek is an herb whose seeds are commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and South Asian dishes. Studies have shown that fenugreek can help increase orgasms and sexual arousal, because it contains compounds that mimic estrogen and testosterone. If you are taking blood thinning medication or have hormone-sensitive cancers, however, fenugreek might cause an upset stomach and hormonal imbalance.

Red Ginseng: 

Ginseng is a popular Chinese herb, and red ginseng has been used to increase erectile function and stimulate sexual arousal in women, even during menopause. While several studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of red ginseng, there may be minor side effects such as headaches and constipation.

Pistachio Nuts:


There is some evidence to suggest that nuts can increase libido, and in particular, pistachios have been shown to improve erectile dysfunction in some studies. Men who consume pistachios regularly may experience increased blood flow and firmer erections, indicating a potential boost to their libido. It’s important to note, however, that more research is needed in this area, and not all individuals may experience these benefits.


Saffron is an expensive South Asian spice that may be used to increase sexual arousal, increased lubrication, and better erectile function for men. Historically, Saffron has been used as a natural  antidepressant and can reduce stress, so taking it may be especially useful to those suffering from depression that would like to boost their libido.

Pistachio benefits for female fertility

They are a good source of nutrients that are important for reproductive health in general.

Pistachios are high in antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help protect against oxidative stress and inflammation that can affect fertility. They are also a good source of vitamin E, which has been linked to improved fertility in women.

Q & A:


  • Are pistachios aphrodisiacs?

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that pistachios have aphrodisiac properties. Pistachios are a healthy snack that contain protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and they can be a part of a healthy and balanced diet. Some studies want to prove if the pistachios are good for libido, however it is unlikely that they have any specific effects on libido or sexual function.

  • Do nuts increase libido?

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that any specific type of nut can increase libido. However, nuts are a good source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals that are essential for overall health and wellbeing, including sexual health.

  • Does pistachio increase testosterone?

There is limited scientific evidence to suggest that pistachios can have a positive effect on testosterone levels. While some studies have suggested that pistachios may help to improve certain markers of male reproductive health, such as sperm quality, there is no strong evidence to suggest that they have a direct impact on testosterone levels.

  • Is pistachio good for sex?

The same thing happens with pistachios as with nuts. pistachios are a good source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B6, potassium, and magnesium, that are important for overall health and wellbeing, including sexual health.

  • What are some natural aphrodisiacs?

There are several natural substances that have been traditionally believed to have aphrodisiac properties, but it is important to note that scientific evidence for their effectiveness is often limited. Some examples of them are Maca root, Ginseng, Damiana, etc.

Information Credit: Healthline


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About Kaely McDevitt

Kaely McDevitt

(Nutritionist, MS, RD, LD) is a highly skilled Registered Dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition and exercise physiology. She owns a private practice specializing in hormone and digestive issues. With her integrative and functional nutrition approach, she is passionate about empowering women to build health from a place of connection: to self, to nature, and to community.

As an advisor at Hormone University, Kaely brings invaluable expertise and guidance. Her background in food science, coupled with her comprehensive understanding of integrative nutrition, enables her to provide insights and stay up-to-date with the latest research in the field. Kaely's commitment to empowering others and her dedication to their well-being make her an indispensable asset to the Hormone University community.

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