noun; a food, drink or drug that stimulates sexual desire
For centuries now, men and women from cultures all over the world have used aphrodisiacs to spice up their sex lives. And we're all for the cause of love and everything that follows... So here are 10 foods to fire passion in your partner. If you're planning to surprise her/him with a romantic meal on Valentine's Day, you might want to plan your menu around these libido boosters. Happy Valentine's Day, ya'll!
Long touted to be great for love and fertility. According to a 2005 study by a team of American and Italian scientists, oysters are a rich source of rare amino acids that stimulate the production of sex hormones. Casanova really knew what he was doing, when he decided that breakfast was going to be 50 oysters, way back in the 18th Century!
Do we really need another reason to eat chocolate? But here it is, anyway: chocolate pushes up the dopamine levels in your body, which in turn leads to feelings of pleasure. Chocolate is also full of methylzanthines that help boost the libido So pull out your fail-safe chocolate fudge brownies recipe and whip up a batch for V-Day.
The pretty heart-shaped fruit is packed with vitamin C and is a natural aphrodisiac. Dip strawberries into molten chocolate and pop them in the freezer for a bit, for a quick and luscious dessert.
Those shiny, jewel-like seeds are filled with antioxidants that promote blood flow. Research has proved that pomegranate juice helps in combating the problem of erectile dysfunction.
Balance all that sugar with some spice! Chillies can heat up your sex life due to a substance called capsacin that stimulates nerve ending, raises the heart rate and triggers the release of endorphins which give you the feeling of a 'natural high'. Ever wondered why eating chillies has somewhat the same hot and sweaty effect on the body as making love?
A fruit that is shaped like a phallus is sure to be an aphrodisiac, right? Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme that triggers greater production of testosterone, which in turn enhances a man's sex drive.
This brain-shaped nut has a positive impact on a man's libido. Walnuts boost dopamine and arginine levels, which in turn produce nitric oxide, an absolute must for erections.
Why do you think it's called a 'honeymoon'? Honey contains boron, which is required for maintaining normal levels of oestrogen and testosterone, the hormones responsible for your sex drive.
There's a reason guys ask you out for a cup of coffee; a 2006 study at Southwestern University in Texas found that caffeine might rev up a woman's libido. In the study, lab rats (female) that were given a shot of caffeine sought more sex! Perfect, considering the caffeine will help you stay up for long into the night!
Who could have thought that even salads could turn people on! These peppery salad leaves have been known as aphrodisiacs going as far back as the first century. Arugula contains minerals and antioxidants that block absorption of certain environmental contaminants that can negatively impact your sexual desire. Two thumbs up for a food that helps the environment as well as you in the bedroom!
Do you know of any other foods that put you in the mood? Do share in the comments below