We’ve all heard that oysters are supposed to be an aphrodesiac, although Ed and I wouldn’t know; we can’t stomach the things. However, according to a recent post from Dr. Oz’s RealAge.com, there are plenty of foods that can help get you in the mood for a little passion and romance. Surely there’s one you’ll both like. Elizabeth Somer, RD, the author of the book, “Age-Proof Your Body“, says that no food is known to actually raise the libido, but these foods have been shown to help.
1. Bright foods.
According to Somer, poor nutrition is a big contributor to dwindling desire. Since the most colorful foods are also the most nutrient-rich, she suggests getting plenty of brightly hued fruits and veggies, such as carrots, red peppers, squash and beets. The increased energy may be all you need.
2. Light foods.
No one wants to make love right after Thanksgiving dinner, but men may have more reason to eat “lite” if they’d like to get romantic. According to the article,
University of Utah School of Medicine researchers found that testosterone levels plunged 50% in men after they drank a rich milk shake containing 57% fat calories.”
So have a light snack before and go ahead and fill up later!
I, for one, think chocolate is a very sensuous experience, but apparently there’s some science that says chocolate may have properties that can get you in the mood.
Chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine or PEA that stimulates the nervous system, increases blood pressure, and makes your heart beat faster, creating feelings similar to being in love,” says Somer.
Good news for us chocoholics and more reason for the husbands to bring the stuff home.
Anyone who gets a little frisky after a glass of wine knows that alcohol can be a turn-on, The reason for this may be that it depresses anxiety and inhibitions. But the article warns that after two drinks, arousal slows down and the clumsiness creeps in.
Yes, apparently there is a reason for their rep.
Just one usually supplies the daily requirement for zinc, a trace mineral that’s essential for conception. Even a brief shortage of zinc impairs ovulation in women and reduces semen and testosterone in men.”
To paraphrase “The Godfather”, I say “Leave the oysters, take the chocolate.”