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Valentine’s Day — the quintessential day designated for love, romance, gifts, and more between lovers or even for one. While candlelit dinners, teddy bears, and chocolates are oh so delectable and sweet, our hearts and toes curl at the thought of the main course — intimacy with an extra side of passion.
Ditch the Viagra, cheesy antics, and overly visual stimulants, and turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day with these 11 natural aphrodisiacs that often go unnoticed. To classically be considered an aphrodisiac, the substance must be consumed orally, reliably increase libido or sexual desire, and take effect either immediately or in a relatively short period of time.
For the insatiable dish on natural aphrodisiac delicacies, we tapped the expertise of board certified anti-aging specialist and director of the Hall Longevity Clinic in Miami Beach, Dr. Michael Hall to get the ultimate scoop on natural aphrodisiacs and how to really get the bedroom to explode. Hall adds,
“This concept is really entirely based upon science, as traditionally it is known some foods possess chemical properties that could increase pheromones and heighten our interest and others may indirectly boost testosterone or estrogen levels, thereby increasing human sex drive, obvious some are considered virile because of their sensual appearance.”
Sounds like a recipe for fun to us. So are you ready to turn your Valentine’s night from mild to extra spicy in mere minutes? Yearning for more? Read on for the sexy scoop.
The most common and well-known of natural aphrodisiacs, researchers note that oysters contain amino acids that trigger the production of sex hormones. Dr. Hall notes,
“Oysters offer a lean source of protein to help give you energy all night long and, in addition to offering the body zinc, which helps blood flow and nourish sperm, there’s scientific evidence that an amino acid found in oysters may directly raise sexual hormone levels.”
Combine this naughty knowledge with the visual appeal of the oyster, and this is one seaside delight that will send the waves crashing in.
Bananas in shape already mimic the male sexual organ, but more than just its physical appearance, bananas also contain bromelain, an enzyme which Dr. Hall says triggers testosterone production, and the fruit’s potassium. Vitamin B in bananas elevate energy levels and the high sugar content gives the brain a kick! Is this totally bananas? Yes — but we’ll take two please!
Ready for the sticky truth? Honey is made through pollination and secretions of many fertile bees worshipping their queen — which is just what every woman wants from her king literally and figuratively. All in all, this process symbolizes nature’s procreative pinnacle. Do the birds and bees ring a bell?
In fact, the word ‘honeymoon’ got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey given as a libidinous elixir to the happy new bride and groom. Drizzled on a certain body part or two, honey can double the pleasure and the fun, but overall has a number of vitamins, natural energy stimulants, and also contains boron, which helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels.
It’s the love drug. The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that ups the heart rate and makes the blood flow.
One study conducted with female rats suggested that coffee could put women in the mood for sex. Its smell has a delicate and sensual aroma that will get more than just the heart rate going.
According to sciencedaily.com, this ‘lycopene king’ may have a Viagra-like effect on the body, as it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation. It’s super sweet texture and the perkiness of the fruit drips sensuality. Watermelon for two anyone?
High in energizing zinc and fatty acids, which has been linked to a healthy sex drive, pine nuts are also considered aphrodisiacs because of the effort required to procure these oily gems from pinecones.
According to Dr. Hall,
“This peppery tasting plant has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. The bite of the aromatic leaf might get you in the mood. The minerals and antioxidants found in dark leafy greens like arugula have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that could negatively harm libido.”
Packed with antioxidants, olives and their oil have been used for centuries for health. The Greeks believed they made men more virile as well.
“Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, smooth blood flow and stable hormone production, all needed to keep the brain, prostate and penis in good shape!” says Dr. Hall.
Eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the fig has forever paradoxically symbolized both sexuality (the ripe fruit with seeds representing fertility) and modesty (the fig leaf). They are full of potassium and are an antioxidant powerhouse, sweet and delicate when eaten.
Skip the coffee after dinner and reach for a cup of Indian chai tea. The typical spices in this brew include ginger, cloves and cinnamon, which all come from exotic places and will certainly get the blood flowing. This tasty brew has almost no caffeine so the stimulant effect is less than coffee; you’ll still be able to drift off to sleep with your lover after a night of passionate lovemaking!
These bright gems enclosed in a thick rose-colored husk are filled with tangy sweet antioxidants, which support blood flow and clear thought. One study by The Male Clinic in California found that pomegranate juice had a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.