Get in the Mood: 12 Aphrodisiacs
The candles are lit. The table is set. But what are you serving to get you in the right mood? Enflame his passion with one of these 12 aphrodisiacs. Certain to get your sexual juices flowing, these foods are a delicious way to set the right tone for the evening – and what comes after. Get your lust in gear and take these foods of love for a passionate test drive.
You heard it said for a reason. Although clichéd, vaginalike oysters really do increase sexual arousal. The high amount of zinc stimulates sperm production as well as testosterone secretion, leaving him ready to go. Plus oyster’s iron prevents fatigue. Try a few raw for a swish appetizer and find out if the steamy rumors are true for yourself.
This sensuous dessert increases libido by spiking your dopamine, causing feelings of pleasure. The cocoa in chocolate contains the stimulant phenylethylamine, which induces a sense of excitement and boosts your mood. This chemical releases the same hormone your body releases during sex. So spice up your night by serving up a rich chocolaty dessert and find something to get happy about.
Entice him with some guacamole for some vigorous bedtime fun. Rich and creamy, avocado is an excellent source of vitamin E, which helps trigger the production of the sex hormones, stimulating clit swelling and vaginal lubrication. This vitamin can also promote passion and energy. Its rep as an arousal inducer dates back to the Aztecs and Mayans, who ate it to increase desirability.
These hot chilies can get you hot and bothered in more than one way. The capsaicin in hot peppers stimulates nerve endings, leaving you more aroused and getting your heart pumping. Toss in a handful of jalapeños to whatever you are making and sparks are sure to fly.
Called herbal Viagra, this traditional herb is extracted from the bark of a West African tree. It is said to stimulate the nerves, causing male erections. Be wary of how the herb is marketed – too much can kill you and its reliability in causing arousal is undetermined.
Filled with vitamins B5 and B6, eggs are great for balancing hormone levels. These protein-rich beauties also increase production of the body’s nitric oxide through their L-arginine. This dilates the blood vessels, with Viagra-like results.
This green veggie’s vitamin E raises the hormones, including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. These hormones circulate in the blood, ramping up both of your sexual appetites. Roast some up as a side dish and let them work their magic.
Bananas don’t just get you going from their phallic shape. This yellow fruit is high in potassium and B vitamins, key to the function of sex hormones. Plus the potassium aids in muscle strength for intense orgasms. Bananas also contain bromelain, an enzyme that stimulates the production of testosterone. Slice some into your dessert and watch your energy levels rise.
Known as an aphrodisiac since Greek times, pomegranate is bursting with antioxidants, which increase blood flow to the loins, at the same time upping genital sensitivity. And the juice of this bright fruit can boost testosterone levels up to 30 percent, a turn on for both of you.
This melon is more than just a great summer way to hydrate. Its sweet flesh contains the phytonutrient citrulline, which increases your nitric oxide levels, relaxing the blood vessels and ramping up circulation. And letting you get aroused fast.
This thick syrup’s simple sugars leave you naturally energized and ready for some action. A symbol of procreation, honey also contains boron, which aids in regulating estrogen and testosterone levels.
Red wine does more than just relax you before a sexual romp. It contains the antioxidant resveratrol, which gets your blood flowing and improves circulation both before and during the big event. The alcoholic drink gets your sparks going with even just its fragrance, rumored to be similar to the scent of men’s pheromones.