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Looking for some help getting to the bedroom? These aphrodisiacs will get you to bed early and often.
By: Laura A. Collins
With the weather cooling down outside, it’s time to turn up the heat inside. Unlike in the movies, everyone’s not always ready to go and some of us need a little help getting things started in the bedroom. Aphrodisiacs are often suggested when there’s a lacking libido, female or male, but do they really work? Are some better than others? Worried about looking like a fool trying to re-enact a scene from a rom-com? Take note of these tips and treats and you’ll be starting more than just one fire this winter.
Arguably the most famous aphrodisiac, oysters come with a health punch that goes beyond the bedroom. Not only are they a great source of lean protein, they also have high levels of potassium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids to keep your heart happy. And it won’t just be your heart that’s happy when munching on these underwater delicacies. The massive amounts of zinc found in oysters’ revs up men’s sperm count and testosterone levels, which will bring his libido along for the ride. Scientists have found that oysters are also rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones in men and women. Well now we know why famed 18th century lover Casanova ate 20 of these slippery snacks every morning for breakfast.
Lets be honest, not all men will rush to slurp down some oysters. There’s a solution to that: meat. Trufflelino to be exact. Trufflelino is a Canadian Salami made with Black Italian Truffles. Long regarded as an aphrodisiac, black truffles are the underground fruit of a mushroom. The black truffle has a musky, earthy scent that resembles male pheromones that can be seductive to females. Though truffles may sound like an intimidating extravagance to fit into the menu, Ramelli’s Trufflelino can easily be paired with wine as an anti-pasto to start off your romantic rendezvous.
Next on the shopping list is chocolate; you can never go wrong with chocolate. Specifically, dark chocolate. As if you needed more reason to eat it, dark chocolate contains alkaloids that work as an aphrodisiac. These alkaloids increase the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that induces the feeling of pleasure, in the brain bringing a wave of emotion over the entire body. The act of eating chocolate can also be stimulating on its own. Its sweet flavour, melt in your mouth texture and air of sinful indulgence all add to the chocolate eating experience.
Another way to get your temperature rising is with a nice, hot pot of tea. Tea has risen in popularity in the past couple of years and is one of the world’s highest consumed beverages for good reason. Teas are packed with antioxidants and have many stress-fighting effects. With so many blends available it can be hard to figure out which one will get you hot but high-end tea producer teALCHEMY has created a male sexual tonic for just that. Their Get Lucky Tea is a combination of Pu’erh tea, chocolate cocao nibs, stimulating ashwagandha root, ginseng, sweet vanilla and spicy red pepper flakes. What really makes this tea an aphrodisiac is the ashwagandha root which has been used in southern Asia to restore male libido, cure impotence and increase make fertility. Creamy, stimulating, sweet and spicy, this tea is sure to get you whistling in no time.
This last aphrodisiac may not be the first ingredient you reach for when cooking, but maybe it should be. Garlic has been known throughout history to promote heat in the body and was even banned in some cultures for arousing sexual desires. This potent plant is packed with antioxidants and anti-clotting properties that help with blood circulation; literally helping to get your blood flowing. Though there isn’t any medical research proving that garlic is an aphrodisiac, this super food is packed with so many other health benefits your body will have plenty of energy for the nights ahead.
So there you have it, five foods sure to help you and your partner get in the mood. Remember, it’s all about what works for you. So play around, have some fun and don’t forget to hang the do not disturb sign.