Researchers believe that there are certain foods that stimulate the production of chemicals or certain hormones that are linked to libido. Aphrodisiacs can stimulate the mind to create sexual desire or may affect certain parts of the body to stimulate sexual desire. Experts explain how certain foods have aphrodisiacal properties.
For instance, chocolates can make our body produce more of the chemical phenylethylamine (PEA) that is associated with sexual arousal and love. Experts also explained that spicy foods trigger the brain to release endorphins that increase blood flow to the sex organs, mimicking the act of sexual intercourse and thus stimulating desire.
Foods like caviars and truffles are the rarest and the most expensive aphrodisiacs, compared to chocolates and alcoholic drinks. In general, certain fruits and vegetables are good for the body, but there are certain fruits and veggies that have aphrodisiacal properties. Now let’s find out which ones are linked to libido.
10- Olives and Olive Oil
While olives are often used as vegetables in culinary, it is also one of the worlds’s healthiest fruits, that is said to boost men’s virility. Since the ancient times, Greeks have been using olive oil as a topical ingredient for grooming rituals. They also believe that the world’s healthiest oil improves sex drive, that the green olives are effective for men and black olives for women.
Both varieties are a good source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, that are critical for blood flow, a healthy heart, and hormone production. According to Dr. John Mulhall, “From an erection standpoint, anything that’s good for your heart is good for your penis,” Dr. Mulhall is a director of the Sexual Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Tomato, according to some catholic beliefs is the “other forbidden fruit”, while some “sexperts” call the fruit the “apple of love”, as it calms the nerves, and improves muscle control. The red succulent nightshades are often symbols of erotic. As we all know, alcohol is one of the ultimate aphrodisiacs next to chocolates, and when mixed with tomato juice makes a perfect bloody mary cocktail. That’s the drink to go to jump start a sexy evening.
Other than its fiery red color that is associated with love and passion, Chili peppers, actually contain concentrated quantities of capsaicin. Capsaicin is the phytochemical that makes peppers hot.
The chemical stimulates the release of endorphins, a morphine-like substance from our central nervous system which is also generally released during orgasm. Capsaicin, when consumed, increases heart rate, induces sweating, and increases the sensitivity of nerve endings. These after-effects mimic the physical reactions experienced during sexual intercourse.
Scientists found that watermelon may have a Viagra-like effects on the body, although it doesn’t exactly mean that eating watermelon can boost libido or treat erectile dysfunction. According to some scientists, watermelon contains large amounts of the plant nutrient citrulline.
The large quantity of citrulline is found in the rind of the fruit and some in its red, juicy flesh. The organic compound citrulline is known to have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems. Like Viagra’s active ingredient does, citrulline relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow.
According to some historians, there is a great chance that the fig was the “true forbidden fruit” mentioned in the bible. It was the fruit in the Garden of Eden that Eve gave to Adam. This myth though does not explain the fig’s aphrodisiacal qualities, but science does.
The fruit is a rich source of antioxidants and polyphenols that has been linked to prolonging sexual performance. Like avocado, fig is also a good source of potassium, a mineral that controls the electrical activity of the heart, remember the golden rule “anything that’s good for the heart is good for your wiener.”
Ginseng, a plant that is native to East Asia and South America has a human-like shape root. The ginseng root is known to treat sexual dysfunction in men. A study published in the International Journal of Impotence found that 60 percent of the 90 men with erectile dysfunction have shown improvement in their symptoms compared to the 30 others who used placebo.
A similar study was done among 45 men in 2002, who took Panax ginseng for eight weeks showed greater improvements than those given a placebo for the same time period. Ginseng was found to be effective if taken on a continuous basis.
Avocado has been called an aphrodisiac for a long time because of the way the fruit of the tree hung in pairs. The Aztecs, call this superfood “ahuacuatl” which translates “testicle tree” as the pear-shaped fruits hung in pairs that resembles the human male anatomy.
According to Barbara Klein, a professor at the University of Illinois, avocado contains high levels of vitamin E, which help maintain “youthful vigor and energy.” Avocado is also used by many as beauty masks and its oil is known to treat dry skin and hair.
Bananas are high in potassium which is good for the heart and nerves. Potassium is an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Banana is also a good source of tryptophan that boosts the brain to release “feel-good hormones” serotonin and dopamine.
Eating bananas improve mood and sleep. Bananas contain magnesium and manganese, these are essential minerals for a healthy and fully functional prostate. The fruit also contains Bromelain and B-vitamins that are believed to increase sexual desire, prolong sexual performance, and overall virility in men.
This rare fruit glistens and shines when ripe which seem obviously sexy and enticing to the eye. Cherries are packed with “performance-nutrients” and are said to stimulate pheromone production. The fruit is also a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, potassium, magnesium, iron and antioxidants. Cherries contain melatonin, an antioxidant and hormone that helps regulate heart beat.
1- Goji Berries
These “happy berries” also known as wolfberries contain aphrodisiac powers and are used in Chinese medicine. Goji berries strengthen the adrenal system, which is believed to be a center of sexual energy by many Chinese. It was also believed that eating goji berries increases testosterone levels, which stimulates libido in both men and women. Thus an old Chinese proverb warns men: “He who travels one thousand kilometers from home should not eat goji .”