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Aphrodisiac Foods: Boost Your Mood For Valentine’s Day
There are a wide variety of foods that contain aphrodisiac properties, and many that you wouldn’t even imagine would have any! In simple terms, this means that these foods boost your sex drive in the most delicious and natural way possible. It’s a win-win situation for all involved! Read on to discover the foods with the most potent aphrodisiac properties which is just the ticket to get you in the mood in time for Valentine’s day. Who knows? Maybe you were already enjoying some of these without even realizing it!
Of course, the one everyone has heard of is at the top of the list, and for good reason! Oysters really are the food of love. Potent aphrodisiacs, which Casanova was said to have consumed large quantities of must work! Their effect, on both men and women by the way, is thanks to the fact that they boost dopamine production in the brain, which in turn increases libido. They are also a very rich source of iron and zinc, two minerals which are very important in the production of testosterone.
2. Dark chocolate
A slightly more popular one at number two is the superfood dark chocolate. Well-known for its huge range of health benefits and not to mention delicious, indulgent taste, dark chocolate has strong aphrodisiac properties. This is mainly thanks to a chemical present in cocoa called phenylethlamine, which stimulates our sense of excitement and wellbeing. If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate on its own, why not try incorporating it into a healthy recipe? The higher the cocoa content, the better. Try making the perfect Valentine’s gift with homemade chocolate truffles and you’ll be fulfilling a dual purpose…if you know what we mean!
Pomegranates are an ancient fruit which have been enjoyed by cultures over the centuries and all around the world. They were a particular favourite of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, perhaps because they recognised the fruit’s place as a miracle aphrodisiac! Pomegranates boost libido in a similar way to oysters in that they increase the production of testosterone, the hormone that stimulates sexual appetite. The fruit is very versatile and can be enjoyed on its own in fresh salads and even in cocktails! Not only that but they are super healthy, too!
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Continuing with the fruit theme is the humble fig. Long revered throughout history for its sexual connotations, this fruit is not just in a rather suggestive shape (ahem) but it’s also full of amino acids which boost sexual stamina and increase libido. It’s also full of potassium and iron which are important in maintaining good sexual health.
Another one in a somewhat phallic shape, is nature trying to tell us something, is asparagus. It is an incredibly healthy vegetable and a well-known aphrodisiac. It is rich in vitamin B6 and folate, both of which can boost arousal and increase blood flow to the nether regions. It also boasts large quantities of vitamin E, which is key in stimulating the production of hormones in both men and women.
Long regarded as a natural aphrodisiac is the vanilla pod. With its beautiful, indulgent, and calming fragrance, it’s clear that vanilla is a scent we’ve all come to love and to link with romance and sexual arousal. Tests have shown that its sweet smell actually has a euphoric effect on the brain and can stimulate arousal, especially in men. No wonder it’s a signature ingredient in so many women’s perfumes!
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Another bright red fruit for you and very important to this list is the juicy watermelon. Studies show that the fruit’s phytonutrient citrulline which in turn is converted in an amino acid called arginine. It has the ability to relax blood vessels (you can see where this is going). This gives watermelon a potent libido-boosting property, and the great news is, it’s pretty much impossible to not eat it in a sexy way. Potential idea for dessert for your loved one on Valentine’s day is what we’re thinking!
We’re on to the seriously sweet stuff here. Honey was actually prescribed by Hippocrates in Ancient Greece for sexual vigour. If that’s not reason enough to include this aphrodisiac food in your diet, then we don’t know what is! But, if you do need more reasons, it’s also important in regulating hormone levels and nitric oxide which increases blood flow during arousal.
Forget honey, coffee is the modern-day nectar of the gods! Coffee has many health benefits, but one of the main ones is that it boosts the drinker’s mood and increases dopamine levels in the brain, which in turn increases pleasure and desire. Maybe it’s time to keep your espresso machine in the bedroom?
10. Chilli peppers
Can you see a red theme running through this list? In fact, the bright red colour of chilli peppers is most definitely one of the reasons it’s attributed as a symbol of love. But there’s science involved too. These peppers actually stimulate your body to produce endorphins. These basically flood your body with pretty good feelings whilst also increasing your heart rate and making you sweat, in short, all things that happen to you when you’re aroused!
So, there you have it, our top aphrodisiac food suggestions for Valentine’s day. Why not get a head start and try incorporating some of these into your everyday diet now? We reckon coffee and dark chocolate certainly won’t be difficult!