According to gourmetsleuth.com, this peppery plant has been documented as a natural aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. (These 12 healthy salad recipes will make lunch exciting again.) The minerals and antioxidants found in dark leafy greens like arugula have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that could negatively harm libido, says Walt Larimore MD, a medical journalist, author, and physician.
Packed with antioxidants, olives and their oil have been used for centuries for health. The Greeks believed they made men more virile as well. (Don’t miss these extraordinary ways to use olive oil on your hairs, skin, and more.) Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, blood flow and hormone production, says Beverly Whipple, of the World Association of Sexology.
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.