Valentines is coming up with a chance to get all romantic with your partner. If you are looking to set the mood here are a few aphrodisiacs you should try.
Oysters have a reputation as a super aphrodisiac. Well according to researchers oysters contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. Dig in.
2. Chili peppers
Some like it hot, very hot. Chili peppers have long had a reputation of being an aphrodisiac. Well now there is scientific proof that they stimulate endorphins (which are the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up your heart rate and make you sweat, which mimics how you feel when you are aroused. Chilli anybody.
Many cultures have considered the avocado to be an aphrodisiac from as far back as they Aztecs. Well the fruit has high level of Vitamin E which could help keep the spark alive and maintain youthful vigour and energy levels. Umm I have always wondered why men love Avocados.
There is something sensual about chocolate, from its taste to its aroma. Dark chocolate has been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure. No wonder women love chocolate, stock up if she loves chocolate.
Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme which triggers testosterone production. The potassium and Vitamin B are also good at elevating energy levels.
Honey contains Boron, which helps to regulate oestrogen and testosterone levels. It also provides a natural energy boost. What are you waiting for, get some honey for your honey.
Caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that ups your heart rate and makes your blood to flow. Some scientists have suggested that coffee could put women in the mood for sex.
This red fruit is good for more than just hydration. It is said to have a Viagra like effect, and it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation
9. Olive oil
Olive oil is not just packed with antioxidants and good for a healthy heart, it is also critical for hormone production and blood flow. Make sure you put it in your salads for hormone boost.
They are full of potassium which is good for energy levels and they are also an antioxidant powerhouse.
This red berry is not just delicious but its vitamin C packed goodness helps keep the blood flowing to all regions of the body. So buy some strawberries, dip them in dark chocolate or whipped cream and feed them to each other.
Artichokes have an aphrodisiac reputation of legend. But there was something there. It is packed with antioxidants, and vitamins which are critical for blood flow and proper body function.
13. Spiced (Chai) tea
Take some tea which has the following spices – ginger, cinnamon and cloves. It will get your blood flowing and get you in the mood.
Although they are not readily available and are expensive this should be a fruit that you look for. Pomegranate are filled with antioxidants which support blood flow but studies have also found that the juice has a positive effect on erectile dysfunction. Who needs Viagra when you can use pomegranate.
If you are a fan of cherries then you need to stock up on this super fruit which has feel-good vitamins (A, C, and E), potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and more. It is also good for your heart as it has melatonin, an antioxidant which helps to regulate your heart
16. Pumpkin seeds
It seems our African cultures may have been on to something with the pumpkin aphrodisiac story. Pumpkins seeds are high in magnesium and help to raise testosterone levels.
I got some of these aphrodisiacs from this Reader’s Digest article. There are other aphrodisiacs that Kenyan cultures have like mkobero. What other aphrodisiacs do you know?