We’ve talked about foods that lift your spirits, cure hangovers, and protect your immunity, but what about foods that increase your sex drive? Valentine’s Day is coming up. If you’ve got a sweetheart to celebrate it with, here are 10 foods that just might heat things up for you and your special someone. These proven aphrodisiacs are not only known to boost your libido, they also taste great and are filled with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They’ll keep your energy up and have you feeling your sexiest.
Keep things hot and spicy in the bedroom with this aphrodisiac. Chili peppers contain the chemical, capsaicin, which is known to increase circulation, heart rate, induce sweating and increase the sensitivity of nerve endings. Capsaicin is also a natural irritant, so it’s known to cause a stinging, tingling sensation, adding a spark and sizzle to every kiss.
This rich and creamy fruit has been considered an aphrodisiac as far back as the Aztecs. Back then it was due to its sensuous pear shape. Although that shape still gives avocado a sexual appeal, its high levels of vitamin E are now believed to be its sex inducing culprit. Vitamin E is also believed to help one maintain a youthful vigor and energy level.
Yet another reason chocolate makes the perfect gift for your Valentine! Chocolate contains L-arginine, an amino acid that increased nitric oxide and promotes blood flow to sexual organs for both men and women. L-arginine increases sensation and satisfaction. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine and theobromine. The compound, theobromine helps one to feel stimulated and excited and phenylethylamine improves mood by increasing serotonin levels.
Bananas just might be the sexiest fruit. Not only are they sweet and delicious, but they are also loaded with vitamin B and potassium, which are two essential elements in the production of sex hormones. Bananas are also packed with chelating minerals, which help the body absorb essential nutrients and are therefore believed to boost the male libido.
Honey does more than sweeten, it is also a great source of boron, which has been proven to stimulate estrogen production in women and testosterone production in men. Honey is also believed to increase nitric oxide levels, which is the chemical released during arousal. No wonder it’s a term of endearment.
This hydrating fruit contains citruline, a plant nutrient known to benefit the cardiovascular and immune system. Citruline is also believed to work in a similar way to Viagra, in that it relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow.
Pine nuts do more than add a zest to a dish, they also provide men with sexual stamina. This is due to their high zinc content, which protects agains impotence and infertility.
Arugula has used as an aphrodisiac since the first century. Research has shown that the trace minerals and antioxidants in dark, leafy greens are essential for sexual health because they help block environmental contaminants that are negative to our libido.
Figs have been around for centuries and were Cleopatra’s favorite fruit. The ancient Greeks associated them with love and fertility, and with good reason. Figs are high in flavonoids and antioxidants, which increase sexual stamina.
Strawberries dipped in chocolate are the ultimate Valentine’s Day treat, and due to this fruits aphrodisiac power and sexual appeal, we can see why. Strawberries are rich in folic acid and vitamin C, which increase sperm count and improve sperm motility.
The abundance of antioxidants in pomegranate give this fruit its aphrodisiac qualities. Antioxidants protect the lining of blood vessels, allowing more blood to course through them, which increases genital sensitivity.
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