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9 Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiacs

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9 Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiacs

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.

1.  Honey

  • 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.

2. Chocolate

“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!

3.  Almonds

  • 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.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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12:02PM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Looks like I'm going to be growing sweet basil this year

3:38PM PST on Feb 10, 2013


3:37PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Take the chocolate and use it to dip big, juicy strawberries ~ now that works for me!

8:46PM PST on Feb 9, 2013

I know a bit about romance and aphrodisiacs. Partner and myself will be eating chocolate covered almonds and washing it down with champagne...guys: women LOVE champagne and will love you for it...!

6:02AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

For me daily kindness and consideration does more than anything else. Sex starts in the head and then travels elsewhere!

11:23PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

I take all of them - except the ginseng - every day

10:28PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Nice article!

Thanks for sharing!

10:26PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Not feeling the love yet both of us are eating this stuff.

9:01PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

i love all the above foods, watch out lol

11:49AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thank you.

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