In honor of Valentine’s day, here are 10 foods that just might heat things up! These natural aphrodisiacs have not only been shown to help 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 with this aphrodisiac. Chili peppers contain the chemical capsaicin, which helps 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 Aztec time period. Back then it was due to its sensuous pear shape, and although that shape still helps avocado look appealing, its high levels of vitamin E are now what its known for. Vitamin E is believed to help one maintain a youthful vigor and energy levels, as well as help increase lubrication.
Yet another reason chocolate makes the perfect gift for your Valentine! Chocolate contains L-arginine, an amino acid that increases nitric oxide and promotes blood flow to sexual organs for both men and women. L-arginine can also help increase sensation and satisfaction.
Additionally, chocolate also contains phenylethylamine and theobromine. The compound theobromine can help you feel stimulated and excited, and phenylethylamine helps improves moods by increasing serotonin levels.
Not only are bananas 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’s also a great source of boron, which has been shown to help 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 can also reportedly help with sexual stamina in men. This is due to their high zinc content, which protects agains impotence and infertility.
Arugula has reportedly been 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 can negatively affect our libidos.
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 can help increase sexual stamina.
Strawberries dipped in chocolate are the ultimate Valentine’s Day treat! Maybe this is because strawberries are rich in folic acid and vitamin C, which can help increase sperm count and improve sperm motility.
The abundance of antioxidants in pomegranates give this fruit its aphrodisiac qualities. Antioxidants protect the lining of blood vessels, allowing more blood to course through them, which helps increase genital sensitivity.
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