1. Honey: Perfect for women, honey is a great source of boron, a trace mineral that aids the body in using and metabolising oestrogen (the female sex hormone). On the other hand, it is also a good source of vitamin B, which is needed for healthy testosterone production, so it’s perfect for men too. Honey also includes health-giving enzymes and phytochemicals.
2. Figs: Figs are historically regarded as one of the more sensual foods, revered by the Greeks as sacred – they used them as a symbol for love and fertility – and referred to as one of Cleopatra’s favourite foods; associations that make them an enticing and arousing food to add to any main meal or dessert.
3. Almonds: Science has shown us that almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and fibre, increasing energy, awareness and virility.
4. Chocolate: Chocolate in its purest form (cacao) is said to be one of the most enticing and inducing aphrodisiacs. It contains anandamide (the psychoactive feel-good chemical) and phenylethylamine (PEA), which releases dopamine in the pleasure centres of the brain. PEA also helps to induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria (through the neurotransmitter serotonin).
5. Oysters: Most people are aware of the aphrodisiac link of oysters, and for good reason – they’re incredibly high in zinc, which aids in the production of sperm and increases libido. Serve raw oysters with a fresh tomato and onion salsa, and a delicious glass of MCC on your romantic evening.
6. Basil: It is often the fragrance of basil that makes it to the list of aphrodisiac foods. The stimulating aroma not only adds another dimension to food but also generates a positive reaction for those eating it – just the mood required on a romantic night.
7. Avocado: This immune-boosting fruit is packed with folic acid, vitamin B6 and potassium. It’s a powerful food that keeps your body energised and ready for action.