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We all know about food aphrodisiacs, but what about aphrodisiacs that have nutritional benefits for skin? Fiona Hunter, Simple nutritionist, shares her secrets for 'loving' foods.

Oysters
Greek goddess Aphrodite, who lends her name to the word aphrodisiac, was said to be born from the sea, which may explain why seafood has a reputation for possessing aphrodisiac qualities. Oysters are one of the richest sources of Zinc so also important for the immune system and can speed up healing; great for helping to fight spots or breakouts.

Asparagus
In ancient times, people believed that food or roots such as asparagus possessed sexual powers. Asparagus also provides Vitamin C, which is crucial for the production of collagen, helping to keep the skin looking supple and youthful.

Onions and garlic
Celibate Egyptian priests were forbidden from eating onions and garlic as they were believed to enhance passion. Both are rich in prebiotic fibres which encourage the production of friendly bacteria in the digestive system. Some studies suggest these friendly bacteria may improve skin immunity and hydration – moisturising the skin from the inside out. Though they are probably not ideal foods for the very first date ...

Prunes
The Elizabethans believed prunes to be potent aphrodisiacs. Prunes are a good source of Beta Carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in the body helping to control the production and life cycle of skin cells.

Carrots
In Ancient Greece carrots were thought to be highly aphrodisiac and the Greeks would to eat them in large quantities prior to seduction. Carrots are rich in Beta Carotene which may help protect the skin from damage by the sun’s harmful rays.

Mango
Ancient Indians believed that eating mangoes helped to prolong love making. Mangoes are also rich in Beta Carotene, producing Vitamin A in the body which helps control skin cell reproduction.

Fiona has worked with Simple to create Simple SkinTrition™, the UK’s first online nutritional skincare tool, for more information and top skincare tips visit www.simple.co.uk/skintrition

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