Aph•ro•dis•i•ac – a food, drink or drug that stimulates sexual desire. Do they actually work? Is it the placebo effect? Well, why not you include some of these acclaimed stimulants into dinner and find out for yourself!
Already traditionally considered romantic and sensual from its taste and aroma, dark chocolate has also scientifically shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure. It also contains phenylethylamine, similar to the drug that’s released when you fall in love. Do you need any more reasons to get chocolate-y with your sweetie?
Loaded with zinc, which is essential for producing testosterone, pine nuts have reportedly provided men with sexual stamina since the Middle Ages. Grind them up with basil, garlic and olive oil for a delicious pesto, and see for yourself if your man has an extra vigor in bed.
You can never go wrong with a good slice of beef. It is a man’s best friend for dinner, and research says it might be the way to a woman’s heart as well. The lean meat that is rich in protein boosts dopamine and norepinephrine levels, which increases heart rate, and is often associated with the feeling of falling in love. Not that they aren’t great for men too; with a good dose of zinc, a good steak may just guard against a limp member.
Many cultures hail chilli peppers as an aphrodisiac. This is because capsaicin in peppers brings up body temperature and increases blood flow, and also causes the brain to release endorphins, the feel-good chemical. So sprinkle a little to zip up soups and stir-fries, and note the effects to your body. Things might just heat up.
Rich in vitamin B, organic raw honey supports testosterone production, which can increase desire. It also contains the boron used in estrogen production. So use some honey to sweeten a cup of tea after dinner and you might both suddenly be overcome by a desire to rip your clothes off.
The seeds of the luscious red fruit is known to improve blood flow, but rumour has it that it also works wonders for genital sensitivity. Research has found that pomegranate juice can lift testosterone levels up to 30%, which makes both men and women feel friskier. Hello, liquid Viagra!