Spice Up Your February With Aphrodisiac Foods

Can foods really act as an aphrodisiac? Perhaps! The Cambridge World History of Food explains that throughout history, aphrodisiacs were sought out as a remedy for performance anxiety as well as increased fertility. We know that the food we eat has a direct effect on our health and well being, so why not our sexuality? Our food choices can affect hormones, brain chemistry, and energy and stress levels. Some foods have psychoactive properties, others arouse because they are psychologically suggestive, and some can actually increase blood flow. Take a look at the following 10 aphrodisiac foods and considering adding them to your Valentine’s Day feast!

Almonds: The almond has been a symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma is thought to induce passion in women. Almonds are a great source of nutrition providing high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and fiber.

Asparagus: A 17th century herbalist once wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman.” Besides its obvious phallic shape, asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C and thiamin. It also contains folic acid, which boosts histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.

Avocado: The Aztecs thought the fruit hanging in pairs from the tree resembled the male’s testicles. Others see them with a voluptuous feminine shape. Catholic priests in Spain found this fruit so obscenely sexual that they forbade it. However, the avocado is rich with folic acid, vitamin B6 and potassium and is a great immune system booster.

Bananas: The phallic shaped banana is rich in the potassium, magnesium and B vitamins that are necessary for sex hormone production. It also contains chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, said to enhance the male libido.

Basil: It’s said that basil’s sweet aroma and taste stimulates the sex drive and boosts fertility as well as producing a general sense of well being.

Chocolate: The Aztecs called chocolate the Nourishment of the Gods. Pure chocolate, the king of natural aphrodisiacs, contains anandamide, the psychoactive feel-good chemical, and PEA (phenyl ethylamine), the “love chemical,” which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasm. PEA is said to help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. Cacao also contains tryptophan, a key component of the neurotransmitter serotonin known to promote a sense of well being and relaxation. It’s said that the pairing of a red wine or port with dark chocolate is the secret of passion.

Figs: A fig it thought to emulate the female sex organs and has long been considered a sexual stimulant. Figs are one of the oldest-recorded fruits (Adam and Eve and their fig leaves) and were reported to be Cleopatra’s favorite.

Garlic: Garlic is full of allicin, an ingredient that will increase blood flow. Partake of garlic together and you’ll be less likely to notice garlic’s lingering odor.

Oysters: Oysters are considered to be the classic aphrodisiac. And for good reason! Raw oysters are very high in zinc, which raises sperm and testosterone production, thus increasing libido. Like some fish, oysters contain omega-3 fatty acids, considered to increase one’s overall well being and even fight depression.

Honey: Sweet honey is a great source of boron, a trace mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone. Studies have shown that this mineral may also enhance testosterone levels in the blood, the hormone responsible for promoting sex drive and orgasm in both men and women. In addition, honey contains B vitamins needed for testosterone, as well as other nutrients, enzymes and phytochemicals.

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