5 Aphrodisiac Foods to Spark Health and Romance
Do aphrodisiacs really work? Sample these aphrodisiac foods with your sweetie and see if the science holds true:
Often considered a symbol of love, this bright red invigorating spice has an exotic reputation as an aphrodisiac food… and science back this. Dr. Meryl S. Rosofsky told the New York Times, “Chili peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which all mimic how you feel when you’re aroused.”
The sensuous pear shape and rich flavor of the avocado have contributed to its aphrodisiac reputation as far back as the Aztecs. Barbara Klein, professor of food and nutrition at the University of Illinois, told the California Avocado Commission that the fruit’s high levels of vitamin E could help keep the spark alive because of its role in maintaining “youthful vigor and energy level.”
Not only is chocolate’s taste and aroma sensual, but dark chocolate has also been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure.
Enclosed in a thick, rose husk, pomegranates are filled with antioxidants which support blood flow. One study by The Male Clinic in California found that pomegranate juice had a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.
Packed with feel-good vitamins (A, C, and E), potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and more, this superfruit also contains melatonin, an antioxidant to help regulate your heart.
“19 Aphrodisiac Foods Proven to Ignite Romance” Reader’s Digest, Retrieved 11 Feb 2017. <http://www.rd.com/food/fun/aphrodisiac-foods/>