Do aphrodisiacs really work? Can you change your mood with food chemistry?
Here are famous foods and activities known for love, the science behind them, and tasty recipes to share with your sweetie.
- Honey is a great source of boron, the mineral that helps the body metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone.
- Studies show that boron may also increase testosterone, the hormone responsible for promoting sex drive in both men and women.
- Medieval hopefuls drank mead, a fermented honey drink, to promote sexual desire.
- Ancient Persian couples drank mead every day for a month (known as the “honey month”–a.k.a. “honeymoon”) after they married to prepare for a successful family life.
Tip: Start the morning with Honey Syrup on pancakes or waffles.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
Charles M. Schulz
- Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which mimics the brain chemistry of a person in love. It also promotes serotonin production. Together they give you a hormone rush that feels like the rush of love or love making.
- There are other foods that may contain more of these ingredients (like cheese) but who cares? Chocolate tastes so good!
- The problem with chocolate is that you risk a sugar crash, putting a damper on your “happily ever after.”
Tip: Create Homemade Walnut Dark Chocolate, a healthy choice since it has no refined sugar unhealthy oils, or preservatives!
- Through history, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols.
- The aroma of almond supposedly arouses passion in females–or so thought the poets and scribes.
- Almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fiber.
Tip: Share some Almond Milk that you made yourself with love.
Next page: Three surprising love boosters.