VALENTINE’S DAY MENU: Aphrodisiacs Anyone?

VALENTINE’S DAY MENU: Aphrodisiacs Anyone?

love foodsDo aphrodisiacs really work? Sample these said-to-be foods with your sweetie and see if the science holds true.

Notorious as aphrodisiacs, oysters are rich in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility. Researchers say that oysters contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. But beyond the beloved bivalves lies an array of sexy superfoods to add spice to every course of a pre-romp repast.

Avocados
It could be the sensuous pear shape, or the rich flavor of the fruit that gave avocado its aphrodisiac reputation as far back as the Aztecs. And while the jury is still out on just how lustful avocados are, Barbara Klein, professor of food and nutrition at the University of Illinois, told the California Avocado Commission that the fruit’s high levels of vitamin E could help keep the spark alive because of its role in maintaining “youthful vigor and energy level.”

Arugula
According to gourmetsleuth.com, this peppery plant has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. The minerals and antioxidants found in dark leafy greens like arugula have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that could negatively harm libido, says Dr. Walt Larimore MD, a medical journalist, author and physician.

Cherries
This superfruit is packed with feel-good vitamins (A, C, and E), potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and more. It also has melatonin, an antioxidant to help regulate your heart.

chili peppersChili Peppers
This invigorating spice has an exotic reputation and a bright red color, which could be why it’s considered an aphrodisiac and a symbol of love. But there’s scientific backing, too. Chili peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which all mimic how you feel when you’re aroused, Dr. Meryl S. Rosofsky told the New York Times.

Chocolate
Chocolate is sensual, from its taste to its aroma, but dark chocolate has also been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure.

figsFigs
Used by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the fig paradoxically symbolizes both sexuality (the ripe fruit with seeds representing fertility) and modesty (the fig leaf). They are full of potassium and are an antioxidant powerhouse.

Honey
Honey is made through pollination and is a symbol of procreation. Birds and bees ring a bell? In fact, the word “honeymoon” got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey given to the happy new bride and groom. It also contains boron, which helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels and provides a natural energy boost.

pomegranatePomegranate
These bright gems enclosed in a thick rose husk are filled with antioxidants that support blood flow. One study by The Male Clinic in California found that pomegranate juice had a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.

Strawberries
Feed them to each other for a healthy, vitamin C-packed dessert that helps keep blood flowing to all regions of the body.

Watermelon
According to sciencedaily.com, this “lycopene king” may have a Viagra-like effect on the body, as it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation.

whipped creamWhipped Cream
Decadent yet light as air, it just isn’t dessert without this rich topping. While there’s no evidence that whipped cream will boost libido, it’s sure to put you in the mood.

 

 


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