Aphrodisiac foods increase mood, attraction, and even fertility. We sort fact from fiction, and give you the top 10 to trigger those hormones with your loved one.

Centuries later, it seems Fern might have been onto something. Certain aphrodisiacs have been proven to ignite romance and trigger the production of sex hormones.

It’s not all chocolate and wine to get things started, there are some aphrodisiacs you may not have expected…

Avocado:

High levels of vitamin E found in avocados help your body’s energy levels. As well as this, avocados are a great source of folic acid, vitamin B and potassium, which boost the immune system.

Almonds:

Almonds are another source of vitamin E. They have always been a symbol of female fertility – it’s thought that even the smell is a stimulant for women!

Asparagus:

There is nothing really sexy-looking about asparagus, but this powerful aphrodisiac boosts hormones for both genders.

Bananas:

Bananas contain an enzyme called bromelain, which directly boost testosterone production.

Chilli peppers:

Chillies trigger the release of endorphins, the brain’s feel-good chemical, and also speed up heart rate.

Figs:

The favourite fruit of Cleopatra. The Greeks associated them with love and fertility. They are also mentioned in the Bible where Adam and Eve covered their private parts with fig leaves.

Garlic:

Garlic is an incredible source of arginine which produces nitric oxide – a stimulant of blood flow.

Rocket:

Rocket, or arugula, was used as an aphrodisiac by the ancient Romans and Egyptians. Its leaves are rich in vitamins essential for keeping the body in its sexual prime.

Oysters:

The most well-known aphrodisiacs of the bunch. Oysters have a high zinc content which researchers believe trigger an increase in testosterone. Perfect with a glass of cold champagne.

Honey:

The ultimate aphrodisiac. Researchers have found that the mineral boron in honey enhances oestrogen as well as testosterone. Overall energy levels, blood circulation and stamina can improve too.