A romantic meal can put you in the mood for love. The intimacy created by candlelight and soft music is important, but food also plays a starring role in our sexuality. The sweet texture of melted chocolate, the sweet juice and fragrance of an orange, the shape and smell of a cucumber—all stimulate the taste buds and the imagination.
Additionally, several societies regard foods like bananas, cucumbers, asparagus, and carrots as erotic stimulants because of their shape.Today, researchers have verified that some of the ancient aphrodisiac foods do in fact contain certain vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy reproductive system and perhaps even a healthy libido. Here is a list of several potentially sexy foods.
Almonds (or nuts in general)
Almonds are a major source of essential fatty acids. These are vital as they provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones and help the brain work better. The smell of almonds has also been reported to arouse passion in females. Almonds enhance phenylethylamine (PEA) production, as does chocolate, to increase brain stem activity, enhancing alertness. Try lighting some almond-scented candles to encourage your partner’s mood and snacking on some (but not too many) yourself to store up energy for your performance. Eat them raw (with no added salt or sweetness), or, crush some fresh almonds and sprinkle them on your salad to get the energy you need.
Apples have been given as gifts of reverence for years, be it to teachers, friends, or loved ones. They actually belong to the Rose family and have been used in Yuletide rituals to symbolize fertility in nature. Apples not only clean the teeth and inspire the flow of saliva, but they also sweeten the breath.
Artichokes contain a substance by the name of cynarin, which helps to strengthen the liver. Artichokes were traditionally used by the French as aphrodisiacs.
Many foods thought to be aphrodisiacs were considered so because of their phallic shape. Asparagus, however, has more than suggestive form. It is rich in vitamin E, a vitamin considered to stimulate production of our sex hormones and that may be essential for a healthy sex life.
These contain high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolize proteins, thus giving you more energy. They also contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland), two elements that help enhance both male and female libido. In addition, avocados are loaded with phenylethylamines, even more so than chocolate. Plus, they have omega-3 fatty acids that help the brain work better, so you’ll be more likely to get lucky.
Bananas contain the bromelain enzyme, which is believed to improve male libido. Additionally, they are good sources of potassium and B vitamins such as riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels.
Cabbage is wonderful for helping to increase circulation, therefore stimulating sexual energy.
While it may not be the first food that comes to mind when it comes to sex, celery can be a fantastic source food for sexual stimulation, as it contains androsterone, an odorless hormone released through male perspiration that turns women on.
Chilies may heat up your sex life, too, due to capsaicin—the substance that gives kick to peppers, curries, and other spicy foods. Capsaicin stimulates nerve endings to release chemicals, raising the heart rate, making us sweat, and possibly triggering the release of endorphins, giving you the pleasurable feeling of a natural high that is conducive to love-making.
Chocolate and Cheese
In addition to the silky texture of melted chocolate, this quintessential lovers’ gift contains PEA, considered by some researchers as the “love chemical”—it imparts a feeling of well-being and excitement, like endorphins giving a natural high—and theobromine, a substance very similar to caffeine.
Do not give too much chocolate, however. A little helps your partner focus, a lot gives him or her low blood sugar, which may put them to sleep. Cheese actually contains more PEA than chocolate. So order a cheese platter after dinner and see if it gets you both in the mood. If you still prefer chocolate, make it dark rather than milk. It has a much higher cocoa-solids content (and therefore more feel-good chemicals).
Damiana, or wild yam, has a traditional use as an aphrodisiac and chemical analysis shows that it contains chemicals that can increase sensitivity in the genitals. Damiana also has a reputation for inducing erotic dreams, when drunk at bedtime, although it has not been proven in clinical trials.
Although not the most sensual of foods, eggs are high in vitamins B5 and B6. These help balance hormone levels and fight stress, two things that are crucial to a healthy libido. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and rebirth.However, please be aware of the possibility of salmonella contamination in uncooked egg products. All bird and fish eggs contain B5 and B6.
High in amino acids, figs are believed to increase libido. They can also improve stamina. Furthermore, the shape of a fresh fig and its sweet, juicy taste are two tangible aspects that are highly pleasurable to the human senses.
Yes, you might need to stock up on some extra breath mints, but it’ll be worth it. Garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow. As such, it’s a highly effective herb for increasing libido. If the odor just won’t work for you, or you can’t stand garlic, you can always take garlic capsules instead.
Nutmeg has been mentioned in Indian Unani medicine for enhancing desire. The general mating behavior, libido, and potency were studied and compared with the results produced by Viagra, showing a significant augmentation of sexual activity. It increased erections and mounting frequency. Nutmeg was without any adverse effects.
Oysters have long been considered the food of love.The scientific truth is that oysters are high in zinc, a mineral used in the production of testosterone. Not only the hormone behind the male sex drive, testosterone is believed to stimulate the female libido as well. Oysters also contain dopamine, a chemical that increases focus and motivation for fun.
Sea vegetables such as dulse, kelp, and nori are great aphrodisiacs because they are chock-full of minerals such as calcium, iodine, and iron, which help in balancing the thyroid gland and endocrine system … as a result, strengthening the libido.