Many people aren’t aware of the effect food has on your sex life, but foods can play a huge role in your ability to perform and your body’s sexual health.
Here are four foods for better sex….
PINEAPPLE AND WATERMELON SALAD: You've probably heard the legend that pineapple improves the taste of certain bodily fluids. While science hasn't proven that definitively, it has proven that high levels of vitamin C can improve sperm count and motility, according to research at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Chop up some C-rich pineapple and add some cubes of watermelon: It's packed with a phytonutrient called citrulline, which your body converts to arginine. Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even preserve (function).
This is a great to have alongside a protein-rich breakfast or as a healthy after-dinner dessert before you hit the sheets!
CELERY: Celery contains two naturally occurring pheromones, androstenone and androstenol, that send potent signals to the opposite sex. When you chew a stalk of celery, you release androstenone and androstenol odor molecules into your mouth. They travel up the back of your throat to your nose and once there, the pheromones boost your arousal, turning you on and causing your body to send off scents and signals that make you more desirable to women. It can also help freshen your breath, and it provides a low-calorie potassium boost, which helps reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
Celery is a great to have as a mid afternoon snack at the office with some peanut butter on top.
DARK CHOCOLATE: So this is not the cheap stuff you mindlessly buy at the counter while the checkout kid tries to tell the difference between parsley and cilantro. We mean the good stuff--dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao, or pure cacao bean. In addition to being packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, dark chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine, which releases the same endorphins that are triggered by sex, and literally increases the level of attraction felt between two people, according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. In fact, brain scans in a British study showed that eating chocolate causes a more intense and longer bout of brain stimulation than actual kissing does. Researchers monitored the brain activity and heart rates of couples while they kissed passionately and then again while they ate chocolate. The brains of both men and women showed greater stimulation while the chocolate melted on their tongues than when their tongues were occupied with a partner.
As we all know chocolate is great enjoyed alone or as part of a tasty treat. We love using dark chocolate to make chocolate chunk cookies.
ASPARAGUS: Sure, they look phallic, but maybe nature is trying to tell us something. The shoots are loaded with B vitamins that increase levels of histamine, a neurotransmitter that helps us reach orgasm. And the crowns, in particular, have high levels of the chemical protodioscin, which has been shown to boost arousal and even help combat erectile dysfunction in some men.
We have the asparagus here served with a lemon sauce, alonside steak, another great food for sex as it’s packed with protein, and also zinc, a mineral that curbs production of a hormone called prolactin, which at high levels can cause sexual dysfunction.
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