Valentine’s Day is the day of lovers and melding hearts. A day for sweethearts to swoon one another with gifts and special attention. And the lucky ones, well, they get a little something more than kisses and chocolates.
Let’s look at some foods that are natural aphrodisiacs. There are a few so, there’s bound to be one or two you’ll like.
Chocolate is gifted on dates and anniversaries regularly and is known for being one of the world’s most romantic foods. Science validates its reputation, as it contains chemicals known to boost arousal. Tryptophan, a building block of serotonin (the feel-good chemical), can be found in cocoa, as well as phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine. Both chemicals are released when a human is in love!
Oysters have been reputed as aphrodisiacs. There is likely truth to the old adage, as a 2015 study found that D-Aspartic acid was shown to increase testosterone in sedentary men. Oysters contain this compound, as well as zinc, which is beneficial to the male reproductive system.
Naturally formed into a little red heart, it’s easy to see why strawberries are associated with love and romance. From a nutritional standpoint, they are full of antioxidants and a healthy dose of vitamin C that promotes vitality and blood flow. The minerals magnesium, potassium and folate round out the health benefits of this delicious little fruit.
Honey’s romantic nature comes partially from its sweet taste and gooey texture, but it’s also been regarded as an aphrodisiac since ancient times. Scientifically, honey contains boron which regulates estrogen and testosterone levels, and nitric oxide which is released in the body when a person is in an aroused state.
This summertime staple may play a more prominent role in the future of reproductive health than most people realize! Texas A&M University’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center discovered that watermelon contains enzymes that relax the blood vessels in the groin and may even increase libido!
Also very high in antioxidants, the pomegranate was a culinary symbol of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, in ancient Greece. Inside the pomegranate there are many little seeds, which are associated with fertility and abundance. In addition to that, a small study by Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh found that consuming pomegranate juice lowered cortisol levels (the stress hormone). This is known to correspond with increased testosterone in men and women, which helps increase vitality!
Cherries have been known as passion boosters for years, with their beautiful red color and delicate skin.Cherries have been said to boost pheromone production and promote healthy blood flow, both of which are great for your love life.
Aside from its suggestive shape, the banana is widely regarded as a romance booster. Bursting with B vitamins and potassium, bananas help the body produce reproductive hormones. Research shows, however, that the most potent aphrodisiac may come from the smell of banana bread. The smell of banana bread was shown to increase arousal in women by an average of 12 percent.
It gets its name from the word ahuacatl, which means “testicle” because of its shape and the fact that it grows in pairs. Aside from the origins of its name, the avocado has been known to boost vitality due to its high levels of vitamin E, which helps maintain youthful vigor and energy levels.
Vanilla has been long regarded as a food of passion. Taste and smell are large parts of the reason vanilla is seductive, as its scent is known to reduce drowsiness, increase muscular energy, improve circulation, stimulate arousal, decrease stress and have a euphoric effect on the brain. It helps create a feeling of comfort and peace, which encourages a feeling of safety and intimacy.