If you truly believe that you are what you eat, you might give credence to the thought that there are foods that have a positive affect on your libido. Here are six foods that have long been considered aphrodisiacs; he good news is that, if you don’t believe in this, all are yummy and part of a healthy diet.
Oysters: These ocean wonders are high in zinc and are thought to increase output of testosterone, which enhances libido in both men and women. A good source of lean protein, the legendary lover Casanova was reported to eat 50 oysters each day at breakfast to fuel his stamina.
Asparagus: Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamins A, B6, and C, and thiamine. Asparagus is also high in folic acid, which is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm for women and men.
Honey: A great source of boron, a trace mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen. Studies have shown that this mineral may also enhance testosterone levels in the blood, the hormone responsible for promoting sex drive in both men and women.
Ginger: Mentioned in chapter 7 of The Karma Sutra, ginger stimulates the bodies’ circulatory system, which aids in blood circulation to make erogenous zones hypersensitive.
Garlic: Garlic is chock full of allicin, an ingredient that will increase blood flow. It can be very stinky, so be sure to bring along breath mints.
Chocolate: Contains a host of compounds including PEA (phenylethylamine), the “love chemical,” which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasm. PEA is said to help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. Cacao also contains tryptophan, which induces the feeling of well being and relaxation.
Avocado: Avocados are rich in vitamins E, B6 and potassium. The Aztecs referred to the avocado by the name ahuacuatl, meaning “testicle tree.” They thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled testicles. The avocado’s shape is so overtly sexual that Catholic priests in Mexico actually banned its consumption in the 16th century.
February 12th, 2010