Seven Natural Aphrodisiacs
An aphrodisiac is a food or substance that increases libido when consumed. And whether by placebo effect or the sheer natural release of serotonin, the following five aphrodisiac foods are great to consider when cooking the perfect dish for you and that special someone.
Eating chocolate increases endorphins. It is also rumored that Casanova himself would snack on dark chocolate when he was out on the prowl, before then tempting his prospects with the same.
For generations ginger has been used all over the world as a digestive aid and aphrodisiac, as it both calms the stomach after eating and aids in blood circulation—enough said.
This heavily seeded fruit—also known as a symbol for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love–has been shown to increase testosterone levels in both men and women. And if that’s not argument enough, it’s believed to be the fruit that tempted Eve to commit the original sin. The things we do for love.
Oftentimes considered the cheapest, most legal and easily accessible stimulant, coffee's effects are energizing and can be responsible for a release of dopamine in the brain.
Eating spicy foods releases endorphins in your brain, and also make you physically warmer. The release of endorphins when you consume chile mimics the brain’s chemical response to sex, while a physical warmth leads to flushed skin.
Maybe it’s the physical experience of eating oysters, or maybe the chemical makeup of the food—either way, oysters contain high levels of zinc and amino acids that increase the reproduction of sex hormones.
If you’re looking for a quick way to spark a mood, a full bodied red is the way to go. Some studies found that the smell of certain reds mimics that of human pheromones, so whether you’re relying on the scent or the sips to loosen you up, you really can’t go wrong with a glass—or three.