Aphrodisiacs can stimulate a lagging libido or set the mood of your mind and body to help you achieve greater sexual health and functioning.
An aphrodisiac is a substance such as food, drink, drug or scent that induces or arouses feelings of sexual desire. These substances are notorious for having a powerful impact on the mind and body – triggering the release of chemicals in the brain and stimulating the sex organs.
The most effective aphrodisiacs enhance aspects of the sensory experience, evoking an increase in sex drive, improvement in performance and helping you to achieve greater sexual satisfaction. Certain foods are believed to have aphrodisiac properties – being integrally tied to your mood and overall sense of well-being. Whether you want to boost fertility, improve the urge to merge or increase lubrication, these five foods will have you craving a little extra time between the sheets.
Avocado is a rich source of vitamin E, aiding the body in the production of hormones like testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones circulate in your bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses, such as clitoral swelling and vaginal lubrication.
Eggs are a reliable source of L-arginine, which when acted upon by enzymes in your body increase production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide has a dilating effect on the blood vessels. Many drugs used to treat impotence and high blood pressure work by raising nitric oxide levels, and many herbs and foods that enhance arousal work through the same mechanism.
Peaches have high vitamin C content, which have been shown to improve sperm count and reduce sperm clumping. Plus, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant boosting immunity for you and your partner.
Researchers have found countless benefits linked to the consumption of chocolate, in moderate portions, including the high PEA (phenylethylamine) content. PEA fuels the release of endorphins and serotonin – natural mood-boosters – which will improve your longing for a little one-on-one time with your lover. Be certain to choose dark chocolates that contain at least 65 percent cacao.
Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers spicy, can spice up your sex drive. This chemical increases circulation, which will get your blood pumping. It also stimulates nerve endings that contribute to arousal. Next time you want to spice things up in the bedroom, make your meal fiery with red Chile peppers, jalapenos or the hot, hot habanero.
Dr. Jennifer Landa is Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, the nation's largest franchise of physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Jen spent 10 years as a traditional OB-GYN, and then became board-certified in regenerative medicine, with an emphasis on bio-identical hormones, preventative medicine and nutrition. She is the author of "The Sex Drive Solution for Women." Learn more about her programs at www.jenlandamd.com.