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Whether you are male or female, there is no denying that certain foods will elicit a, well, um, certain response!
This is not a definitive list, just one composed of things I have had the pleasure of experiencing.
Mussels were among the seafood consumed in ancient Greece, where it was believed that all seafood was, essentially, the playthings of the goddess of love. It was here that these plump, little bivalves began their aphrodisiac history.
In 2005 a group of Italian and American scientists found that amino acids found in bivalves, (oysters, mussels and scallops included), has the potential to raise sexual hormone levels. (The study was conducted on a Mediterranean species of mussels and demonstrated that these aminos, D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartic acid, induced sexual hormone production in rats.)
Pure chocolate, the king of natural aphrodisiacs, contains a host of compounds including anandamide, the psyochoactive feel-good chemical, and PEA (phenylethylamine), the “love chemical,” which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasm. PEA is said to help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. Just one bite is enough to release enough endorphins to delay the climax and provide enough strength to engage in a never-ending night of passion.
This sexy fruit has long been thought of as an arousing stimulant, and an open fig is believed to emulate the female sex organs. Figs are steeped in history and are one of the oldest-recorded fruits. They are mentioned in the Bible (Adam and Eve wore fig leaves to cover their private parts), are reported to be Cleopatra’s favorite fruit, and the ancient Greeks held them as sacred and associated them with love and fertility.
Oysters are probably the food most associated with being an aphrodisiac, and most people are aware of their reputation for increasing sexual desire. Oysters may be an aphrodisiac because of their high zinc content, which helps produce sperm and increases libido. Raw oysters are best served with a glass of chilled Champagne for a truly romantic meal!
This decadently exotic food is an extremely stimulating aphrodisiac at its best. It contains sufficient quantities of iron and zinc to boost blood circulation and nerve sensitivity. This results in lasting erections and delayed orgasm.
Although completely exotic and exceedingly rare, truffles are among the best dietary aphrodisiacs known to man. A small quantity grated on to your pasta will not only call for good taste, but also for raging intercourse post-consumption. Truffles heighten the skin’s sensitivity to touch, thereby making sure that the passion never dies out.
As far back as the first page of recorded history, cinnamon has been held in esteem for its powerful medicinal qualities. A spice used in Asia to guard against colds, the bark of the cinnamon tree is also used around the world as flavoring for both sweet and savory dishes as well as an aromatherapy agent for relaxation.
Among the spices considered useful for producing “heat” within the body, cinnamon has been measured to increase appetite, both physical and sexual. A drop of cinnamon oil rubbed onto the genitals is famed for producing powerful sexual stimulation.
For adrenalin junkies, coffee’s aphrodisiac power is immediately evident. The drink is essentially the world’s most socially acceptable stimulant. In fact, its stamina-enhancing ability has led it to become a status symbol in certain cultures.
Coffee excites not just the body, but also the mind and can elevate mood as it elevates other things. In scientific studies, it has been revealed that coffee can increase levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the pleasure system of the brain.
To experience the aphrodisiac power of coffee at its most optimal, skip the daily brew for about 3 mornings then crawl in bed with a steaming cup on day four and start the morning with a little extra zing. Studies show that coffee drinkers have sex more frequently than non-coffee drinkers and if you try out the aforementioned experiment, I bet you’ll understand why!
Stimulating information provided by the following sites: alternet.org, cosmopolitan.com, huffingtonpost.com, eatsomethingsexy.com, en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com