Get in the Mood with Aphrodisiac Food
If revving up your sex drive is your goal, then you might want to seek out aphrodisiac foods. While ads for performance enhancing drugs flood TV and computer screens, that’s not the role of aphrodisiac foods. Think of these foods as an added boost, not a cure-all, for your sex life. Still, incorporating aphrodisiac foods into your diet is a natural way to increase your interest in going all the way, without the potentially harmful side-effects found in enhancement pills.
How do they work?
Sex psychologist Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD explains libido: "It's about your body signaling that it wants to be sexual. Whether or not there is any intention to act on it, we all have a certain level of drive." Aphrodisiac foods ignite the biological aspect of sexual impetus by increasing blood flow, acting on sex hormones such as estrogen, and enhancing the brain’s receptiveness. But don’t get greedy because sexual desire is also heavily affected by the desire for your partner, visual and other sensory stimulation, and by level of stress. Or perhaps aphrodisiac foods work via the placebo effect, which means, again, that it’s all in your head.
Bananas get a nod for their high concentration of potassium, which is essential for transporting serotonin. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays a huge role in regulating mood in the brain. Or do bananas stimulate desire by their suggestive shape?
Chocolate contains theobromine and phenelethylamine (PEA); the first acts like caffeine, heightening alertness, and the second, gives the feeling of bliss. An exposé on PEA written by Kanika Goswami, explains, “Heady emotions, racing pulses and heavy breathing results, and all these are (unfortunately) clinically explained as an overdose of this chemical.” So, if your goal is to have a night of passion, chocolate-covered bananas might get your mind and your mood right. Fondue party anyone?
Raw oysters, with their high levels of zinc, are a low-calorie way to promote testosterone production in both men and women. A helping of these may increase female libido and male sperm count. Oysters are also high in dopamine, another neurotransmitter that stimulates the pleasure center in the brain.
Avocados are another hormone-helper with their healthy level of vitamin B6 , needed for hormone synthesis. Considering their high levels of folic acid, another B-vitamin that boosts energy, guacamole and chips may have a whole new meaning as an appetizer. And , suggestively again, avocados were called "testicle trees" by the Aztecs because they grow in pairs.
Salmon, by way of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids it contains, eases blood flow to improve circulation throughout the body. Omega-3s also assist in the production of dopamine and serotonin, the body’s natural antidepressants. Good blood flow and feeling happy may increase a woman’s libido and fight impotence in men. If eating fish regularly is not possible, consider taking a fish oil dietary supplement to get a regular dose of healthy fish oil in your diet.
If you’re looking for a vegetarian option for increasing blood flow, look for foods with anthocyanins. This antioxidant found in plant life is notable for increasing circulation and reducing fat build-up in blood vessels. It is found in its highest concentration in eggplant, aubergines, and red grapes. People also get anthocyanins from berries, such as acai berries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries.
Do you use aphrodisiac foods do you use to keep the candle burning?