With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’re bringing you the healthiest aphrodisiacs to savor. Try one or try them all and spice things up this February!
Chili peppers stimulate endorphins, or in other words, amp up your brain’s ‘feel good’ chemicals, and make you sweat. As Dr. Meryl S. Rosofsky told the New York Times, mimicking how you feel when aroused. We love this spicy food in chili, guacamole and salsa.
The avocado - beautiful on its own and rich in flavor - has been considered an aphrodisiac as far back as Aztec times. And while its aphrodisiac reputation isn’t proven, it is known avocados’ high levels of vitamin E helps maintaining skin’s youthful appearance, so eating your avocado toast can boost that youthful glow!
Chocolate has always been considered a sensual treat. Dark chocolate - the healthiest of the chocolate options - has been shown to spike dopamine, which stimulates feelings of pleasure.
Here’s a little fact about honey - the word ‘honeymoon’ stems from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from this sweet treat which traditionally was gifted to the bride and groom. Given it is made through pollination, honey is the ultimate symbol of procreation!
According to gourmetsleuth.com, this plant has been studied as a natural aphrodisiac since the first century! The antioxidants found in greens like arugula, particularly the dark and leafy variety, have could block environmental contaminants that could negatively harm libido, says Walt Larimore MD, a medical journalist, author, and physician.
If you aren’t already in love with olive oil, this might change your mind. Olives and their oil are packed with antioxidants, and even the ancient Greeks believed in their aphrodisiac qualities. It’s also a great source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which promote healthy blood flow, production of hormones and a healthy heart.
This veggie’s aphrodisiac foods reputation comes from the intimacy of eating it with another, pulling off the leaves together to reach the center. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, artichokes can promote the critical process of blood flow within the body.