Aphrodisiacs are wonderful for spicing up your love life, for giving your libido a boast. Although there is no scientific evidence to back up the aphrodisiac claims, there are plenty of people who swear by them.

Now there isn’t a lot of proof to back up the aphrodisiac affect, but scientists and doctors alike say that good nutrition can lead to an orgasmic sex life. Some of those yummy foods and tasty drinks or rather the vitamins, minerals and other compounds that make up the goodness, can improve your sex life.

Now what benefits your heart also benefits your sex drive because genitals need a healthy blood flow to behave in a proper fashion. Besides, there are foods that look, feel and taste sexy, that alone is a good reason to add them to your food arsenal.

It’s good to note that couples who cook together, bond. And with that bonding comes a renewed interest in sex with their partner.

When you’re planning your next romantic meal, why not add some of these tasty treats to your menu (compliments of Dr. Ian Kerner):

1) Fruits and veggies. Greens in general are rich in L-arginine, while asparagus is an especially good source of folic acid, which increases the histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm. (Its phallic shape also gives it a reputation as an aphrodisiac.) Avocados, arugula, watermelon, mangoes, and figs all have long histories of use as libido boosters, too.

2) Nuts. Almonds are a traditional aphrodisiac food and are believed to promote fertility and libido. Walnuts, peanuts, and cashews are packed with L-arginine, a compound that appears to promote healthy erectile function in men and clitoral tissue in women.

3) Seafood. Oysters are the stereotypical aphrodisiac dish, possibly because they’re rich in the mineral zinc, which has been linked to male fertility, potency and sex drive. Though it may not seem quite so sexy, a simple salmon filet may be even more important for good sex: Salmon and other fatty fish like mackerel and sardines are great sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which can also help improve mood.

4) Spices. Chili peppers are rich in capsaicin, a compound known to stimulate nerve endings and get your pulse racing – not unlike romance. Licorice and anise seed also have long been believed to increase arousal.

5) Chocolate. I’m not suggesting you scarf down a box of sweets every night (even if it’s heart-shaped!), but a piece of good-quality dark chocolate may be just what the sex doctor ordered. It’s been said that the Aztec emperor Montezuma drank up to 50 cups of chocolate daily in the hopes of improving his love life. He may have been on to something: Eating it triggers the release of the chemical phenylethylamine, leading to feelings of excitement that are conducive to sex.

6) Honey. They call it a “honeymoon” for a reason: Newlyweds once drank beer and wine containing honey (believed to be the nectar of the love goddess Aphrodite) in hopes of increasing fertility.

Personally, I like the idea of taking the dark chocolate, smearing it with honey, rolling it in cashews and giving it a dash of chili pepper. Maybe I’d leave the chili pepper off – lol.

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