High levels of vitamin B and amino acids lend honey its aphrodisiac quality. Its inherent sweetness releases naturally relaxing serotonin, which helps release the days tension and focus on enjoying an intimate moment (or few hours) with your sweetie.
The naturally occurring oils in nutmeg are where it gets its erotic potency. A chemical called myristicin can stimulate the libido in low doses. Traditional medicine has even recommended using nutmeg to treat sexual dysfunction for thousands of years! But please use with caution; high doses of this powerful spice are said to cause hallucinations. So if things start getting a little psychedelic in the bedroom, it might be time to lay off the mulled cider!
Besides the fact many see a resemblance between these shellfish and girly bits, it is actually the minerals inside of them that give oysters their aphrodisiac appeal. Oysters are packed with Zinc, which controls progesterone levels. So if you or your
partner have issues with sexual performance, consider sharing an oyster appetizer to complement that sauvignon blanc.
Green unripe papaya supposedly has properties of increasing the female hormone estrogen, which, in balance with other hormones, increases our sexual desire. The high fiber and mineral content helps maintain energy, which can help during extended sessions of sexual play. It is also thought to help to bring menstruation and has been known in Indian history as a natural contraceptive.
Saffron’s aphrodisiac properties first were reported in rats. (As if rodents have any trouble getting busy!) Studies concluded that rats fed saffron copulated significantly more than those in the control group. Regarded as “Nature’s Viagra”, this delicious
spice is commonly used in Italian, Spanish and Indian cuisines. While the average price of saffron is about $1,000 a pound, fret not – a little bit goes a long way, in the kitchen and the bedroom!
Perhaps the most unexpected food on our list is asparagus. While “sexy” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of these edible ferns, they also have a long history as a aphrodisiac. Nicolas Culpepper, a 17th century English botanist, once wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman”. In 19th century France, grooms were served three courses at their prenuptial dinners hoping that it would pay off in dividends the next evening. Perhaps they were on to something…
Asparagus is rich vitamins B6, A, C, thiamin and folic acid – vital components for histamine production. Histamine is necessary for reaching orgasm in both sexes. Asparagus is best eaten in the spring when it’s in season. Try lightly steaming with olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon to reap maximum benefits!