There are foods that boost energy, sharpen memory, and even fight fat. But these aphrodisiac snacks go one step further; they’re the perfect Valentine treat to put the sizzle back in your life. After all, there’s nothing better than a romantic, home-cooked dinner to celebrate this season of love. In fact, it’s not just us, modern science—and aphrodisiac history—have proved that some of the vitamins and components in foods can make us more amorous.
Capsaicin, the chemical found in hot peppers increases circulation and gets the blood pumping, stimulating nerve endings. Of course over indulging can give you heartburn but a little sprinkling will just, well, add a little spice to your life.
ASPARAGUS AND AVOCADOS
The vitamin E in these healthy green treats are proven to boost levels of hormones testosterone, oestrogen, and progesterone that circulate in the bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses. Actually avocados are the perfect aphrodisiac food because they are rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, making them good for your heart and arteries. And we all know the importance of a healthy heart includes making sure blood is flowing to all the right places.
Almonds is one of the tastiest feisty foods arounds! Believed to improve fertility, almonds are nutrient-dense and rich in trace minerals important for sexual health and reproduction including zinc, selenium and vitamin E.
You know red is the color of passion, and there’s nothing like strawberries to set the mood. They are an excellent source of folic acid, a B vitamin that wards off birth defects in women. A University of California, Berkley, study says they are also tied to high sperm counts in men. So how about some dark-chocolate-dipped strawberries this Valentine’s?
Enough said about oysters already, but they are one of the best sources of libido boosting zinc. Don’t like shell fish? Get your fill of other Valentine worthy oily fish like wild salmon and herring instead.
Chocolate, meet your match! Did you know that Mexican women used to wear vanilla bean pods on their hats to look more desirable and used vanilla bean oil to give a gleam to their skin? In fact, The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago has concluded that vanilla is one of the most arousing scents to older men. Try it on your younger man too…some creamy vanilla ice cream drizzled with dark chocolate.
Long considered a fertility booster, these juicy treats are packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber, crucial for a healthy heart. Plus, high-fiber foods fill you up without adding unsightly bulges, so it’s easier to look svelte.
Any and all citrus fruit—from oranges and sweet limes to tangerines and grapefruit—are super-rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid, essential nutrients for men’s reproductive health.
This sweet, warm, spicy condiment can be the perfect addition to a Valentine date. Nutritionist JJ Virgin revealed in a 2009 study that cinnamon can reduce blood glucose levels. “And steady blood sugar equals sustained energy without spikes and crashes that can kill your mood in the bedroom,” she says.
Watermelon has a libido-boosting amino acid citrulline (that is converted into arginine in the body) that dilates blood vessels and boosts circulation. The citrulline-arginine relationship boosts heart health, immunity and is especially helpful to people suffering from obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Comment below to tell us which Valentine worthy treat are you going to indulge in.