The Best Aphrodisiac Foods

01/12/2017 07:15 pm ET

Can food really put you in the mood? Whether or not what you eat can lift your libido, it doesn't really matter. It's all about having fun with your food. To that end, we recommend the following fare touted for romance-enhancing abilities. And for more, check out GAYOT's full list of the best aphrodisiacs to eat.

It doesn't get much more indulgent than caviar, a pricey delicacy that's believed to offer many health benefits that will boost your well-being and libido. The pearl-shaped fish eggs are a good source of zinc and protein, which will give you and your partner a nice energy boost. The amino acid L-arginine found in caviar also increases blood flow and therefore, thought to increase desire.

Thank goodness for the Mayans who discovered chocolate way back in 600 A.D. Ever since then, this "food of the gods" has been delighting palates the world over. With its wide-ranging and addictive taste, chocolate contains theobromine (a stimulating alkaloid similar to caffeine) and helps the brain produce feel-good serotonin. While you may like the sweetness of milk chocolate, the dark variety is best with its antioxidants and aphrodisiacal qualities.

It may seem cliché, but there's a reason these mollusks are considered the classic aphrodisiac. Raw oysters are very high in zinc, which raises sperm and testosterone production, thus increasing libido. Like some fish, oysters contain omega-3 fatty acids, considered to increase an overall sense of well-being, and they're also a natural source of dopamine. No wonder Casanova is said to have eaten 50 raw oysters a day.

This intoxicating spice was first cultivated by the Totonacs of Mexico's east coast. When Spanish conquistadors introduced the spice to Europe, its fragrance wafted across the land and, as they say, the rest is history. Today, vanilla is in everything from fragrances and body products to desserts and drinks. The erotic effects of vanilla have shown to be especially strong in men, and its warm aroma not only lowers stress levels to get you in the romantic mood, but it also evokes a sense of euphoria.

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