Aphrodisiacs are substances that induce or increase libido in human beings. It can be food also. Equally important to sex is food to humans. So, these two are closely associated with each other. Human being wants food that not only satisfies hunger but initiate good sex. Food and sex are closely linked, romantic meals, sweet treats. In fact, mankind has been firm believers in aphrodisiacs for about as long as it has been preparing food. But is there any truth in the libido-boosting claims?
Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and it would appear that a lot of our common aphrodisiacs and associations of love stem from that time. Aphrodite herself was often imagined emerging from a clamshell, and still today seafood and oysters are recognized as aphrodisiacs.
The food items those top the list of Aphrodisiacs are-
- Chocolate- it contains the chemicals anandamide and phenyl ethylamine, which boost serotonin levels – the feel-good hormone. However, there is debate over how much of the chemicals a human brain actually absorbs, and gorging on a family-sized Dairy Milk to make up the difference could actually be a passion-killer. However, a strawberry or two dipped in dark chocolate couldn’t hurt.
- Oysters- They are also high in zinc, which can boost semen production and regulate sexual hormones, but experts believe it’s that intimate way of eating – or slurping – the oysters that actually get us going.
- Asparagus- Asparagus is also a good source of Vitamin E, which is involved in stimulating the production of sex hormones. But realistically, a couple of stalks as a starter on the night in question won’t make a huge difference.
- Chillies- Spicy food warms one up, gets the heart pumping, stimulates nerve endings and increases the blood flow, so there might be some truth to this one.
- Watermelon- This contains Citrulline, which relaxes the blood vessels in much the same way as Viagra does. Plus it’s a less stodgy dessert option to keep one alert all evening.
- Maca- This sweet root vegetable has been nicknamed Peruvian Viagra, and animal studies have indicated some aphrodisiac qualities, although this hasn’t been extensively tested on humans. It is also thought to increase stamina and heighten awareness.
- Celery– It’s not the sexiest of foods, but it contains Phyto-androgens, which is similar to testosterone and can increase sexual desire in women.
- Pomegranate- It is also known as the love apple, here’s another suggestive fruit that packs a punch. It’s high in anti-oxidants, so boosts blood flow, in turn increasing genital sensitivity.
- Banana- This fruit is full of potassium and It’s all about the potassium. While the phallic shape may immediately fuel passions, the potassium delivers muscle strength, so in theory intensifies orgasms.
- Rocket- The Romans discovered the aphrodisiac qualities of rocket, and it was used in love potions. It is a great digestive aid and packed with nutrients, which might leave one feeling great, but it is yet to be proved that it will give gladiatorial qualities in the bedroom.
So the food around us may have or may not have aphrodisiac properties but a healthy nutritious food serves the purpose of a good aphrodisiac food.