MENU OF LOVE. Let Mother Nature give you a hand in your amorous exploits through these all-natural and organic turn-ons
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. While that sentiment is often true, some foods (and herbs as well) tend to be much more potent when it comes to what happens after hearts are set aflutter—especially the more physical and intimate activities that may follow.
SETTING THE MOOD
A romantic dinner will definitely set the mood for a flirtatious liaison, but if you really want to stoke the fires of passion, steak and mash is not exactly the way to go. Instead, try these proven aphrodisiacs to unleash a friskier mood.
CHILIES: THE HOTTER, THE BETTER
See, the capsaicin contained in these fiery fruit can really get your blood pumping and stimulate your nerve endings.
BANANAS: NOT JUST DUE TO THE SHAPE
As we’ve all learned in primary school, bananas are rich in potassium. This nutrient is a key ingredient when it comes to building muscle strength, and is said to create more intense climaxes. Furthermore, this fruit also contains bromelain, which can trigger testosterone production.
CHOCOLATE: NOT JUST FOR THE LADIES
This is, of course, one of the better-known aphrodisiacs for a very good reason: Chocolate can cause a spike in dopamine, the chemical behind love, lust and sex.
OYSTERS: THEY ACTUALLY WORK
As clichéd as it may sound, oysters do deserve their reputation as one of the most storied aphrodisiacs. These shellfish are chock-full of zinc, a chemical element known to boost testosterone production which, in turn, can give your sex drive a massive boost.
POMEGRANATE: FOR THE MAGIC “DOWN THERE”
The sweet pomegranate is loaded with antioxidants that can provide extra protection for the lining of blood vessels, allowing for increased blood flow. This, of course, includes the flow to where it matters most.
AIDING THE ACT
As much as we like to crack jokes about a particular blue pill, it has helped millions of couples in finding their way back into love. But perhaps you’re looking for an alternative, something natural with fewer side effects to help you deal with any potential performance issues after a romantic dinner of oysters followed by a banana-chocolate cake. Well, Mother Nature also has several options at her disposal for you to try out.
This plant is also known as “horny goat weed,” as it’s potency was allegedly discovered by goatherds watching their male goats’ enhanced libido after foraging on the herb. But there’s some real science behind it as well. This particular plant is discovered to contain icariin, a chemical compound that stimulates nerves and boosts testosterone production.
This one comes all the way from Peru, and is known as one of the most potent “herbal Viagras” known to man. Although it also helps ladies maintain their energy levels, this root extract is better known for keeping a man’s “main sail” raised for hours.
While some variants of this mushroom look downright scary, the extract of this fungi that is used for performance enhancers contains a natural sugar that is a potent anti-aging ingredient and—more importantly—can boost blood flow to the genitals.
KOREAN RED GINSENG
It’s another root extract, but this time from our neighbors to the north. Besides enhancing performance and driving desire, this particular ginseng variety also lowers stress levels. So, you’ll feel pretty chill (and ready for some relaxing sleep) after a romp between the sheets.
Much like the blue pill, this natural amino acid increases the production of nitric acid. This compound, in turn, helps your body provide better and more consistent blood flow to your extremities, resulting in better and more consistent erections. This option is potent enough to warrant a serious “consult with your physician” warning. So, handle with care.