Aphrodisiac foods has always been of high popularity in all countries and all centuries. They were first used as remedies for sexual dysfunctions and now we consume them for some additional sexual pleasure. In ancient times they served as means of increasing fertility.
What is an aphrodisiac? It's a substance used as sexual stimulant because of being believed to increase sexual desire (libido). The definition took its name from the name of the Greek goddess of love - Aphrodite.
History saved the reputation of many foods, drinks and aromas to be able to make love more passionate and desired. There has been always the arguable issue upon what foods are really aphrodisiacs and what are "anaphrodisiacs" (foods decreasing potency).
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In traditional medicine Ziziphus, beet and ragweed were often used as stimulants of sexual activity.The other herbs having the similar effect are Yohimbe, Tribulus and Maca. The mixture of these components is known to be a kind of "natural Viagra." But you should use these herbs very carefully, because too much yohimbe, for instance, can kill you.
Stimulants affecting the dopamine system such as cocaine and amphetamines (e.g. methamphetamine, aka crystal meth) are frequently associated with hyperarousal and considered to have a hypersexual effect, though both may impair sexual functioning, particularly with long term use. Spanish Fly is among the aphrodisiac herbs. It's a beet known as aboriginal in Europe and can be poisonous.
There are psychoactive substances e.g. alcohol, cannabis, MDMA and others which are false aphrodisiacs because they are able to increase libido but they do not actually produce hypersexual influence as their main function.
Alcohol and other drugs effect blood flow on veins and arteries and can even negatively impact the levels of testosterone and cause sexual dysfunction in the nearest future. Drinking champagne and wine causes this warm glow in the whole body which makes them the drinks of love.
It's a proved fact that aromas can make a greater effect on our bodies than even the compound and taste of the foods we eat. Here below you can read about some love foods know to people through the ages. Almond, vanilla and musk are aphrodisiacs often used in perfumes as they can act as pheromones.
Some exotic delicacies have a reputation of being sexual enhancers.
artichokes, asparagus, bananas, mamey sapote, truffles, lettuce, nutmeg, celery, oysters, caviar, ginger, truffles, salvia, gladiolus root, broccoli, orchid bulbs, figs, pistachio nuts, sea fennel etc.
Other foods which is more common to see in the ordinary supermarkets are:
basil, carrots, dark chocolate, beans, apples, garlic, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, grapes, turnips, pineapples and so on.
Many foods (such as carrots, bananas, asparagus or avocados) are thought to be aphrodisiacs not only because of their chemical compound but also because they resemble men's genitals.
Oysters in its turn resemble women's genitals. But oysters (as well as pine nuts and caviar) are also perfect stimulants because they are full of such chemical called zinc, which is vitally important for sperm production. They are also rich in D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartate, which increase the levels of testosterones. Nevertheless, some scientists consider them be ancient myths.
What's interesting about chocolate? Chocolate contains such chemicals as phenylethylamine and serotonin which light up pleasure areas in the brain.
No studies have proved that chocolate enhances sexual desire. And it has both sedative and stimulant effects. That is why it was banned in many churches and monasteries centuries ago.
Not only the shape of bananas itself is increasing sexual desire. The creamy texture and enzyme bromelain found in bananas also assist in it.
Pineapples are rich in vitamin C and over the centuries used in the homeopathic treatment for impotence.
Puffer Fish is one of the most exquisite aphrodisiacs. It's a delicacy served in Japan. In case the gland is not properly removed, it means fatal case. This dish is very poisonous and living is not worth of taking such a deadly risk! But if you like flirting with death it could become a sexual and thrilling amusement for you!
Truffles are aphrodisiacs partially due to being foods of great rarity and due to their musky aroma. There's nothing special about their chemical compound.
Mustard is believed to stimulate our sexual glands and enhance libido.
Coffee is rich in caffeine and is a common stimulant nowadays, but you should not forget that too much coffee make it a depressant. Small amounts of dark natural coffee should be served in special little cups. Coffee enhances the mind and the body activity.
Such exquisite dishes are known for their hypersexual influence:
Cow cod soup (emerged in Jamaica), Mannish Water (it's a goat soup, also known in Jamaica), Mamajuana (it's an alcoholic sex drink, founded in Dominican Republic) and many others.
The sexual desire is known to diminish when men have the same partner for a long period of time, so eating sexually suggestive food helps to solve the problems in bed.
Be careful with your choice of aphrodisiacs and don't forget that sexual appetite often starts and develops in your mind rather than in your body!
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