Aphrodisiac Foodsby Heather Rutherford
An aphrodisiac is any indigestible item that arouses sexual desire. While rhino horn and Spanish Fly once fell into this category, science hints that many common foods may be a better way to go. Several foods are not only sensual; they are also capable of causing physiological changes within the body that will help you to become a real tiger in the bedroom.
Chocolate is pure sex. The texture, the playfulness ... what's not to like? Interestingly, a sugar buzz is not what leaves you feeling so good after you have enjoyed a decadent chocolate desert. Chocolate is a great source of phenylethylamine, a naturally occurring chemical that imitates the feeling of falling in love. Recreating this thrilling sensation is one of the easiest ways to spice up your love life after years of monogamy.
A recent study performed by Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, found that the smell of pumpkin can increase penile blood flow by up to 40 percent when combined with the scent of lavender, 20 percent when combined with the smell of donuts. The smell of pumpkin combined with candy-coated licorice can also increase vaginal blood flow by up to 18 percent. Combine the smell of pumpkin with cloves, responsible for increasing blood flow, and you have the perfect aphrodisiac food.
The creamy texture of an avocado is almost sexy enough to be considered an aphrodisiac on its own. However, avocados also contain a healthy dose of vitamin E, which increases hormone production. This will improve your sex drive and promote vaginal lubrication.
Since the time of the Romans, oysters have been considered an aphrodisiac. This is due to the fact that an oyster resembles female genitalia. Now, thousands of years later, it appears that the Romans may have been onto something. Oysters are pumped full of zinc, an important component in the production of testosterone. While most women would not consider a boost in their testosterone levels a good thing, it will help improve your sex drive whether you are a man or a woman. The next time you are having a bit of a dry spell, it may be just the time to head to that oyster bar. If oysters are not your thing, psychiatrist Dr. G. Frank Lawlis suggests a handful of nuts for a similar result.
If it takes you a while to become aroused, watermelon may be just the solution. This fleshy fruit is full of phytonutrient citrulline, which helps to improve circulation by relaxing the blood vessels. Consequently, you will become aroused at the drop of a hat. Additionally, watermelon is sensual to eat, and smells sweet adding to the aphrodisiac properties of this fun food.