Food For Love10 Feb 2017
The word ‘aphrodisiac’ comes from the Greek name Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. The goddess is also often seen rising from or laying in a clam shell – funny how seafood is also a natural aphrodisiac that stimulates sexual desire. Whether you’re a believer or a sceptic of this claim, it is hard to deny that most aphrodisiacs are irresistible to the taste buds. Just to name a few of these treats, there are: chocolates, coffee, bananas, honey, avocado, watermelon, pomegranate and oysters.
So what makes a particular food an aphrodisiac? There are a number of factors that contribute to this. One is having an arousing aroma. Research has shown that the sense of smell is closely linked to memory. It is no coincidence then just as the smell of chicken soup brings you back to your mother’s kitchen, the smell of chocolate may stir feelings of desire due to past memories with a previous romantic encounter.
Another important factor that makes a food an aphrodisiac is generally having a nutritional effect on the body, particularly in supporting the production of sexual hormones – testosterones and oestrogens. Some of the vitamins that are vital for sexual hormone production include Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium and Zinc. The supporting factors that aphrodisiacs should have to aid in managing these hormones include being able to increase body temperature, energy and blood flow.
Then, there are foods that resemble certain body parts but are, coincidentally, good for the body, such as carrot slices for the eye or walnuts for the brain.
Though a banana, judging by its shape, is often alluded to as a phallic symbol, it really contains a healthy load of Vitamin B and potassium which helps elevate energy levels. It also contains an enzyme called bromelain, which triggers testosterone production.
The golden question remains to be answered. Would you end up high, mighty and horny by consuming all these aphrodisiacs in a short period of time? I’m afraid there is no definite answer. Because there are only small amounts of nutrients in an aphrodisiac, one would need to consume a whole lot of it to achieve the desired effect. This also varies with different people and their various natural levels of dopamine production. Moreover, desired effects may only occur at a delayed time.
Conversely, aphrodisiac drugs might achieve that desired outcome as timely as you want it to. Before you jump on that, however, there are a number of long-term risks one should be aware of when consuming medicinal drugs. From strokes and kidney problems to increased blood pressure and liver cirrhosis, it is a high price to pay for the possibility of having better sex. What use would that be if the drug gave you the capacity for an erection without being able to increase sexual excitement?
Ultimately, achieving sexual pleasure with your partner is more than just a fruit or delicacy the both of you consume together. That being said, relying solely on natural aphrodisiacs to gain sexual pleasure may seem like a long shot. It takes chemistry and a fair level of understanding and effort on both parties to achieve the desired effect.
You can’t stay on the safe side forever. Be daring and make that effort to get things working. Along with planning a three-course meal, which includes aphrodisiacs on a romantic night out, why not include some nice surprises to complete the night for your partner? At the most basic level, any reaction at all starts from the brain. Learn to harness that and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your desired romantic outcome.
Either way, food has a way of bringing people together, so don’t be afraid to experiment this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re all for aphrodisiacs or think that they’re just a marketing gimmick, youu can’t deny the irresistible taste of bittersweet chocolates or a bite of strawberry dipped in whipped cream, can you?