06/28/12 - 0 Comments
Food for Love: An Appetite for Aphrodisiacs
It’s all about chemistry! The chemical composition of certain foods we eat often contain active ingredients that enhance the libido. From almonds to oysters, health expert Sue Davis shows us why these foods act as aphrodisiacs.
Almonds are an excellent source of Vitamin E. This powerful antioxidant helps to keep the circulation flowing smoothly by protecting cells from damage. Vitamin E plays an important role in enhancing sex hormones in both males and females.
Avocado was used as a libido booster by the Mayans and Aztecs. They are packed full of Vitamin B6, which helps male hormone production, potassium, which helps regulate the female thyroid gland, and Vitamin E, an female libido enhancer.
Oysters are known as one of the more traditional aphrodisiacs. This is because they are the best source of zinc and can increase testosterone and sperm production. No wonder Casanova ate lots of oysters. It increases the sex drive in both men and women.
Pumpkin Seeds and Pine Nuts
These are also rich in zinc—as well as Vitamin C, E, B6 and potassium. All are needed for a healthy sex drive.
Chocolate is the most popular of all aphrodisiacs. It contains a feel-good chemical phenylethylamine, which is said to induce feelings of excitement and euphoria. It is also said to increase serotonin levels, our happy hormone. [Ed note: Opt for antioxidant-rich dark chocolate low in sugar, absent of dairy and, of course, fair trade!]
Chili and Ginger
Both are potent circulatory stimulants. They enhance blood flow to major organs. ‘Nuf said!
Sue Davis is the Resident Naturopath and Health and Wellness Manager at the LifeHouse Spa. Davis cultivated her expertise working for Chiva-Som, a Thai health and wellness resort where she assisted celebrities and royalty. Davis focuses on practical ways in which to improve health and wellbeing.
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