Aphrodisiacs- Common foods that hold Super Powers
When I was thinking about a topic for my first blog post, I was wondering what would be a common topic that is relatable to most people. The idea of aphrodisiacs popped into my head. Who doesn’t love food and sex, and the combination of both- GENIOUS! The premise behind Aphrodisiac’s has always intrigued me: how could a seemingly normal, everyday food cause someone to feel more desire for their partner, or conversely feel more desirable themselves?
I had to look further into this matter, and decided to do some research. Here is what I discovered.
The origin of the Aphrodisiac started when Aphrodite, the goddess of love, arose from the sea on an oyster shell and thereafter gave birth to her son Eros, and so the aphrodisiac was born. The Aphrodisiac has been used throughout time by the Greeks and the Romans to increase their sexual prowess and power.
I thought that the history behind this was interesting; a story of love and desire grows into this mystical list of foods that can increase or help to increase your chances of conceiving a child. I understood the history behind the myth, but I didn’t understand how different foods could actually change your feelings, or increase feelings of desire and want for their partner?
Being a Certified Holistic Nutritionist TM, I understand how eating certain foods can have a direct affect on how your body functions. This can include but is not limited to: your hormones, brain chemistry, energy and libido. Aphrodisiacs themselves are said to be any food that increases sex drive and one’s desire to be intimate with their partner.
I discovered that some foods are considered Aphrodisiacs because of how they can affect brain chemistry. Other foods are considered Aphrodisiacs says the law of similarities because the foods can look like genitalia, can often increase sexual desire, and can increase blood flow to the genitalia like oysters or bananas.
With the above being said, the history of the aphrodisiac’s, and the genitalia related food choices, how could those to two concepts create a sense of connection and intimacy between you and your loved one? The way I figure it, the easiest way to get your partner in the “mood” is to be present and connected when you are spending time together. Try listening and responding to each other’s wants and needs, because we all know that intimacy and the innate feeling of connectedness goes far beyond sex.
The next question is how do we put good use to history and mythology of the Aphrodisiac, and how do we know if it will actually work? By cooking of course! The easiest way to incorporate history into the present is to find a list of Aphrodisiac foods and see if there is any fact to the myth.
Below I have compiled a list of the Top Aphrodisiac foods. I recommend testing the following food choices or combinations of foods to see if you can achieve the desired effect.
1. The number one, the one everybody talks about aphrodisiac is oysters. Now, some people love oysters or they hate them. It’s a fun food, you can feed them to your partner, it’s sexy, it’s healthy and it’s worth a try. Oysters are high in zinc which is important in testosterone production. They are also high in vitamins and minerals like A, B1, B2, C and D, and the all-important omega-3 fatty acids.
2. Asparagus is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to climax in both sexes. Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, B vitamins, Vitamins A, C, and folic acid.
3. Pomegranates or Pomegranate Juice are another fun food that you can de seed, and feed to your partner. Pomegranate seeds or juice is the color of love (red) and are extremely high in antioxidants which help keep free radicals from interfering with circulation within the body. It has also been said to also have a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.
4. Basil has been touted as being able cure headaches of all kinds 😉 Basil is a delicious, almost anise tasting herb that goes great with savory and sweet dishes alike. It has a warming effect on the body and can promote circulation. In some parts of Italy Basil is considered a love token.
5. Chocolate contains theobromine which is a stimulating alkaloid similar to caffeine. It helps the brain produce serotonin “good feeling chemical”. The dark variety of chocolate has the most vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
6. Strawberries and Raspberries are foods to feed your lover. They also go hand in hand with a delicious chocolate fondue. They‘re red hue is associated with love and passion.
7. Avocado is associated with both male and female sexuality. Not only does it look sexy, but it tastes great, and is really for you. Avocado is high in folic acid, Vitamin B6, potassium and Omega 3 fatty acids.
8. Figs are a sexy fruit as they are said to emulate female anatomy, and are thought to be an arousing stimulant. Figs are considered to be the oldest fruit in the world and are hailed by the Greeks as the fruit of love and fertility, not to mention that they were Cleopatra’s favorite fruit.
9. Chiles are members of the capsaicin family. Eating chilies has been said to increase endorphins, stimulates nerve endings and can increase heart rate.
10. Last but not least, the Banana! Obviously the shape can be largely connected with sexuality. Bananas contain chelating minerals and bromeliad that can help enhance the libido.
I know it’s a top 10 list, but I thought I would end with a fun fact: Pine Nuts are the key ingredients for love potions throughout the ages. I had no idea that these delicious little nuts held so much history.
I am not guaranteeing that these foods will get you in the mood, but they definitely can’t hurt. And hey, it’s fun to introduce new foods, or combinations of foods into your diet.
Karly Lynn C.H.N.