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Six natural ways to boost sexual desire

July 07, 2010 16:06 IST

Did you know that watermelon and cheese can act as aphrodesiacs?

Amy Reiley, one of only two Americans to hold a Masters of Gastronomy degree from Le Cordon Bleu, has revealed the top six natural aphrodisiacs that will get you going.

Figs, she says, are loaded with manganese, magnesium, Vitamin E and zinc, which are essential for sexual health.

Watermelons contain citrulline, which signals the body to release arginine, which relaxes blood vessels -- an effect similar to Viagra.

Champagne is another one on the top. It enters the bloodstream more quickly than wine, so you drink less of it. And with pinot noir or pinot meunier grapes, it has as many antioxidants as red wine, reports Fox News.

About rosemary, Reiley said:"If you're preparing a meal of seduction, you want something that will be easier to digest. You don't want blood flow diverted to your stomach."

Chilli peppers -- they replicate symptoms of arousal: flushed cheeks, a tingle on your tongue and plumper, more kissable lips. And they raise body temperature too.

Cheese -- releases ten times more endorphins than chocolate, and puts you in the mood.

Reiley adds that the multi-sensory experience of eating, when combined with the right ingredients, nutrients and intentions, makes food positively sexual. And given the frequency with which we eat, that makes food the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Source: ANI