Eating is a primal need associated with pleasure, somewhat akin to arousal. While most of the aphrodisiac mythology stems from foods with symbolic colors or shapes, certain foods do contain properties that stimulate pleasure centers in the brain. PEAKLIFE compiles a list of the most indulgent aphrodisiac foods.
People say you are what you eat, and while plenty of things we consume have a direct impact on our hormones, brain chemistry, energy and stress levels, some also may serve a much sexier purpose: Aphrodisiac. There’s a great deal of lore surrounding foods that supposedly boost your sex life, and throughout history, various edibles have been hailed as intense aphrodisiacs.
Of course, they don’t magically make sex better, but some really do boost body temperature, which makes us more susceptible to getting it on; some provide instant energy, some help produce sex hormones and some others spark neurotransmitters that trigger feelings of love or arousal. With the most romantic time of the year just around the corner, we have decided to delve into the libidinous culinary lore of aphrodisiacs.
Cocoa contains the chemical phenylethylamine, a stimulant that that sparks dopamine production in the brain and conjures just the sort of subtle feelings of well-being and excitement that make sex seem like a great idea. The neurotransmitters serotonin and anandamide both contribute to feelings of happiness and euphoria during sex. And both are found in chocolate. Chocolate also works in the body by increasing nitric oxide and promoting blood flow to your sexual organs, which increases sensation, satisfaction, and desire.
Phallic allusions notwithstanding, bananas have a lot to offer when it comes to boosting sex drive. These fruits deliver a punch of potassium, a nutrient key to muscle strength (which might make orgasms extra-intense.) They’re also packed with nutrients like potassium and vitamin B, which are essential to sexual hormone production.Banana contains bromelain, an enzyme which triggers testosterone production, and the fruit’s potassium and vitamin B elevate energy levels.
Known as the love apple, here’s another suggestive fruit that packs a punch. It’s high in anti-oxidants, so boosts blood flow, in turn increasing genital sensitivity.
The Pomegranate benefits not just stops here, it is also known as the powerful natural aphrodisiac properties. A pure pomegranate juice helps in increasing the testosterone level in the body and increase sexual desires.
You probably already know the salmon is a stellar source of Omega-3 fatty acids that support a healthy heart as well as shiny hair and glowing skin. But you may not know the connection between steamed fish and a steamy night of passion. Those essential fatty acids also maintain hormone function and may raise dopamine levels in the brain to prime you for optimal arousal.
The heart-shaped strawberry was once known as a symbol of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. For a time the ancient Greeks forbade the eating of strawberries and all other red foods, which led many to believe that the mysterious berries held great powers. Though they may not possess any magical secrets, the antioxidants and phytochemicals in strawberries help to reduce joint inflammation. Their beautiful color, sweet flavor and shape make them the perfect treat for sharing with your beloved at a seductive meal. If you come across a double strawberry, be sure to break it in half with someone special… an old legend promises that this will bring true love.