Foods that raise sex hormones694 views
“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.”
Marquez sure wasn’t talking at the kitchen table. The Nobel Laureate knew that food can kick in love. Not through the cliched ‘the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach’. Food that makes your eyes dilate and fall in love, the one that raises sex hormones, gets you in the mood or preps you for romantic cues. This Valentine’s Day, try these 10 things.
Keep the lust kicking Chocolate:
How do you like it? Dark, white, milky or bitter? For aeons, chocolate has been a happiness-bringer. You are sad, eat chocolate. You are happy, eat more chocolate. The darker the better. Dark chocolate causes a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure. In his memoir, Casanova talks of drinking cups of chocolate to keep the lust kicking.
Sweat it up, baby Chillies:
You thought it is its red colour that ignites passion. Not just that. Peep into the science of chilli peppers. The spice stimulates endorphins (feel-good chemicals in the brain), speeds up heart rates and gets you sweating. That’s mimicking the feeling of being aroused.
Oh, ‘Shuck’! Oysters:
Call it the most notorious of aphrodisiacs. Loaded with high-energising zinc, oysters are great for romance. Recent studies have puffed the pride of oyster – researchers have found that oysters contain amino acid which boosts sex hormones. Get shucking, everyone.
Youthful vigour Avocado:
Avocado’s aphrodisiac reputation originated thousands of years ago and it is here for good. Even the Aztecs lusted after avocado. It’s pear shape is sensual; its green flesh contains high levels of Vitamin E that maintains youthful vigour and energy levels. .
Berry, berry happy Bananas:
Its phallic shape has been every school student’s first sexual innuendo. Banana is the happiest fruit (it is actually a berry) and contains bromelain, an enzyme that triggers testosterone production; its potassium and Vitamin B elevate energy levels. I ain’t saying this. Dr Oz says so.T
Horny love! Artichoke:
Artichoke is Greek god Zeus’ object of affection – a woman spurned Zeus and he turned her into a thorny thistle. Catherine de Medici, the libidinous wife of Henry II, brought artichokes to France. Swedish women are said to have fed their husbands artichokes for better bed action. Egyptians believed artichoke enhanced sexual power and aided in conception. All this has a reason – artichokes are full of nutrition and antioxidants.
Seeds of sin Fig:
That’s Adam and Eve’s modesty leaf. After they had sinned, that is. Filled with antioxidants, flavonoids, fibre and potassium, fig seeds represent fertility and sensuality. Cleopatra upped fig’s pride – it was her favourite fruit. A symbol of love in almost all cultures, the arrival of a new fig crop elicited a copulatory ritual in ancient Greece.
After all, the word ‘honeymoon’ comes from honey. Made through pollination and a symbol of procreation, honey has boron, which helps regulate oestrogen and testosterone levels and provides a natural energy boost. Even Hippocrates prescribed honey for sexual vigour.
Symbol of venus Strawberry:
Once known as the symbol of Venus, goddess of love, the heart-shaped strawberry has magical antioxidants and phytochemicals. This Valentine’s Day, if you find a double strawberry, have it and share it with the one you love. It will ensure true, eternal love – an old wives’ tale says so.
A whiff of love Coffee:
Ah! That seductive smell of coffee. It can lure anyone into the den. Its hefty dose of caffeine makes us happy, boosts heart rate and lends that feeling of invigoration. The alkaloids in coffee pep sexual performance. A Mindlab International Laboratory (UK) study found that the aroma of coffee is a major turn-on for women.
This article originally appeared in Bombay times