Edible Aphrodisiacs from Around the World

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Avocados from South America

Ancient Aztecs named the avocado tree Ahuacuatl, which translates as “testicle tree” because they found the roundish drooping shape of avocados hanging in pairs on trees resembled male testicles. Years later science has proved that the avocado can in fact be considered an aphrodisiac because they are rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fats, making them excellent for blood flow, heart and arteries. It doesn’t sound very sex but a strong beating heart and healthy blood flow make for better orgasms and more rewarding sex life. In fact some research has found that men with heart disease are twice more likely to have erectile dysfunction.

 

Garlic from Asia and Egypt

Many cringe as the thought of garlic as an aphrodisiac but through history Chinese and Egyptians have known for centuries that its classification as a hot herb make it an aphrodisiac. In fact Tibetan monks were forbidden to enter monasteries after eating garlic, because it was thought to arouse sexual desires. Garlic also contains anti-oxidants and nutrition that helps maintain sexual stamina. Today many people tend to avoid garlic before the throws of passion but you never know what effect it may have on your libidio and research says it could do wonders. Recent research suggests that garlic’s blood circulating properties may improve sexual performance in some men.

 

Strawberries from Europe

The strawberry is said to symbolise the nipple and in ancient Rome it was the symbol for Venus (Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity, victory, and desire), highly concentrated in vitamin C it promotes blood flow, and as you now know healthy blood circulation is important for a healthy libido and sex life.  Historically in the French countryside, newlyweds were given cold strawberry soup to ignite honeymoon butterflies.

 

Chocolate from South America
The Aztecs reportedly referred to chocolate as nourishment of the Gods. Today it is enjoyed by many and one of if not the food most associated with love and passion, the food for Valentine’s day and a universal symbol for romance. In the 1980s doctors Donald F. Klein and Michael R. Liebowitz suggested that when someone’s in love, his or her brain produces a chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA). Their research in the 80s on the link between chocolate and sex suggested that since chocolate contains PEA, it may also make people feel happy and loving. Today some researchers argue that chocolate acts as a placebo affect and doesn’t actually have an effect on libido others suggest it does. So I guess for now you have to draw your own conclusion.

 

Ginger from Asia and Africa

Originating in Asia, ginger root known as Isirigun to the Yoruba people of Nigeria, has been used traditionally in the region to treat erectile dysfunction and arouse the senses. Considered a powerful aphrodisiac it was thought to increase sexual desire, increase libido and manage low sperm count.

So perhaps enjoying a dessert of strawberries dipped in chocolate with a cup of ginger tea is the perfect way to end a romantic dinner and begin an even more romantic evening.

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