February 7, 2017

Aphrodisiac Food- Food that stimulates sexual desire and enhances your libido.

It sounds kind of amazing, doesn’t it? The way these aphrodisiacs work is that they may reduce stress, increase blood flow or positively affect neurotransmitters. Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and it seems that a lot of our common aphrodisiacs and associations of love stem from the olden days. There were a few more crazy ‘performance boosters’ that have waned in popularity over the years, like Spanish fly, cobra blood, Japanese blowfish and baboon urine. They have all been ingested by people in the hopes of a good time.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, try these aphrodisiacs with your sweetie and see for yourself if the science behind them holds any truth.

Red Chili

This bright red colored spice is considered an aphrodisiac and a symbol of love. The capsaicin in it heats up the body and stimulates endorphins in the brain. This speeds up the heart rate and makes you sweat, mimicking how you feel when you’re aroused.

Chocolate

Chocolate is sensual, from its taste to its aroma. It contains the chemicals anandamide and phenylethylamine, which boost serotonin levels, the feel-good hormone. Dark chocolate has also been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure.
For your  chocolaty fix, order from Defence Bakery.

Oysters

Oysters are high in zinc and are considered great for love and fertility. They contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. It is also believes that it’s the intimate way of eating, or slurping, the oysters that actually gets you going.

Watermelon

Watermelon contains citrulline, which relaxes the blood vessels in almost the same way as Viagra does. Also, it’s a more healthy option, keeping you up and alert all evening.
Stay refreshed with To Be Healthy’s classic watermelon cold pressed juice. Order here.

Almonds

Through antiquity, almonds have been regarded as fertility symbols. The aroma of almond supposedly arouses passion. Scientifically, almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and fibre, giving the much-needed strength and energy.
Munch your way to nutrition and love, with Wonderland Dry Fruits.

Banana

With its phallic shape, bananas already look like a feel-good food, but they also contain bromelain, an enzyme which triggers testosterone production. The fruit is full of potassium and vitamin B which elevate energy levels and deliver muscle strength, thereby intensifying orgasms.
Order a tasty banana walnut cake from InnerChef here.

Honey

The phrase “the birds and the bees” says it all. Honey is made through pollination and is a symbol of procreation. In fact, the word ‘honeymoon’ got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey given to the newly married couple. Honey contains boron, which helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels and provides a natural energy boost.

Pomegranate

Known as the love apple, the pomegranate is high in anti-oxidants. It protects lining of the blood vessels and boosts blood flow, in turn increasing genital sensitivity.