The old saying ‘we are what we eat’ really rings true especially when you combine it with the doctrine of signatures which dates back to the time of Dioscorides and Galen which states that, plants that resemble various parts of the body can be used to treat ailments of these parts. With modern science we are now learning that myths and superstitions, used all through history, surrounding foods which were used for aphrodisiac foods, have huge doses of fact and truth to them. These foods had made the list due to their suggestive appearance, arousing aromas or a sensual feel in the mouth. Take the avocado for instance which gets its name from the Aztec word ahuacuatl which means ‘testicle tree’. You only need to look at its shape and the way it grows in pairs on the branch to understand why they associated this tasty fruit with sexuality. Going deeper into what it’s made of we find high levels of vitamins and minerals that support fertility health and function, including folic acid, B6 and potassium.

Other suggestive foods with benefits are:

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Banana

It contains bromelane that triggers production of testosterone plus potassium and B vitamins that elevate energy levels.

Honey

It’s made through pollination and is a symbol of procreation. Birds and bees ring a bell? In fact, the word 'honeymoon' got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey given to the happy new bride and groom. It also contains boron, which helps regulate oestrogen and testosterone levels and provides a natural energy boost.

Figs

Used by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the fig paradoxically symbolizes both sexuality (the ripe fruit with seeds representing fertility) and modesty (the fig leaf). They are full of potassium and are an antioxidant powerhouse.

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Here is a list of other great aphrodisiac foods to play with… have fun!

Oysters

Chilli peppers

Strawberries

Pine nuts

Artichokes

Pomegranate

Cherries

Pumpkin seeds

By Amber Petersen

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