We’ve all heard about them, but do aphrodisiacs (foods that are thought to enhance sexual desire) really work? Well, we’ve done some digging to find out which ones are the most popular and why.
1) Happy as an Oyster
Oysters are believed to rev up your libido. This myth could have started because oysters are loaded with zinc which can help improve libido, raise testosterone and increase sperm production. There is no conclusive evidence to support this but they are a great source of omega-3s, which is known to promote a feeling of well-being. So split a few shells and see where the night takes you.
2) Crazy for Cacao
Pure chocolate (not milk chocolate) contains PEA (phenylethylamine) also known as “the love chemical”. PEA releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasm. It’s thought that the PEA in chocolate could help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria but it’s doubtful. The small amount of PEA in chocolate is metabolised before it has time to take effect. Cacao also contains tryptophan, a component of serotonin which is known to promote a sense of well-being and relaxation. We’re not sure if eating chocolate will actually induce feelings of love and euphoria, but no women is going to say no to a gift of delicious chocolates.
3) Honeymoon – I’m Home
Mead or honey wine was traditionally served to newlyweds. Often, enough mead was provided to the newlyweds following the wedding to last them a month, since it was believed the first month was the sweetest. Although it has sometimes been claimed that the word honeymoon is derived from this practice, the first known reference to this term dates back to 1552 when it was used to describe the inevitable waning of love.
Today, honey is a great source of sugar which can help boost energy levels and it also comes in handy as a beauty product. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture to the pores. Spread some evenly on your face and let it sit for 30 minutes. When you scrub it off it will leave your skin soft with a rosy glow and you’ll be ready for date night.
4) Heating it up with Chillies
Chile peppers quicken your pulse, makes you sweat and stimulate the release of endorphins. Does this sound familiar to you? It should. All these things happen to you when you’re aroused. Chillies also have the bonus of being good for you, just like sex.
5) Pomegranate Juice for Two
In pomegranate lore, it was once the fruit of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and believed to be a natural libido booster for both women and men. The jury is still out on this, but pomegranates are a delicious fruit that are full of vitamins A, B and C. They are also a good source of antioxidants which can help boost the immune system. Just be aware of how much you drink. Pomegranate juice, similar to grapefruit juice, is thought to interact negatively with certain medications. Experts believe that an 8-12oz glass of sugar-free pomegranate juice is perfectly fine but you shouldn’t exceed that amount, especially if you’re on certain medications.
So the next time you’re cooking up a romantic meal or find yourself on a fabulous dinner date, keep these top 5 aphrodisiacs in mind. Your love life and your health might thank you for it later.