APHRODISIACS, PT. 1: HEALTHY FOODS
It's the month of love, and Valentine's Day is in 2 days. This 2-part series will cover aphrodisiacs in food and cocktails. Studies have shown that certain foods, recipes and spices boost libido, and what better time to list them than now.
If you're celebrating, here are 7 healthy aphrodisiac foods you should try with your significant other!
Figs are the oldest aphrodisiac and has been known to increase fertility. Filled with amino acid, figs are a sexual stimulant and increase stamina.
Strawberries are the more popular aphrodisiacs. They are loaded with vitamin C, which is important for the production of sex hormones and chemical neurotransmitters in the brain to increase libido.
Bananas are high in Vitamin B6 and aid in serotonin secretion, which leads to feelings of euphoria an satisfaction. Also, bananas contain bromelain enzyme — believed to increase a man’s sex drive — as well as high levels of potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin B2 for high energy levels.
An add-on for strawberries and bananas, chocolate is an aphrodisiac that's a great complement for the two. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a stimulant that elicits excitement and a sense of well-being.
Avocados have high levels of folic acid, vitamin B9 (provides the body with more energy) and vitamin B6 which help increase testosterone production.
My favorite...."liquid gold"! Honey contains boron and nitric oxide. Boron helps regulate hormone levels and nitric oxide (which helps increase blood flow during arousal). Nitric oxide helps open up blood vessels involved in creating erections and clitoral engorgement.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Watermelon, Vanilla, Coffee, Oysters and Ginger