Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Aphrodisiacs to Sweeten Your Valentine's Day

Valentine's is around the corner and who doesn't want to get into the mood for Valentine's Day. Aphrodisiacs can help spice things up between friends and lovers. As documented throughout history, some foods have all been said to kindle and sustain desire, passion, energy, and love. So get the heartbeat racing with these top ten aphrodisiacs. They can help make your Valentine's Day hot and steamy—and we're not just talking about in the kitchen.

#1 Chocolate
We've all heard that chocolate is quite powerful. Whatever is in the sweet substance that sends us running back for more, it's definitely crucial to Valentine's Day.

#2 Coffee
The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that ups the heart rate and makes the blood flow. It is known that is the top source of antioxidants.
#3 Oysters
One of the most popular aphrodisiacs, oysters are high in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility.

#4 Almonds
Almonds are regarded as fertility symbols, their aroma arouses passion in females- or so thought the poets. French writer Alexander Dumas, dined on almond soup every night before meeting with his mistress. Almonds are low in cholesterol and provide abundant doses of vitamin E, magnesium and fiber to improve your general well-being. So you can keep going, and going, and going...
 #5 Chili Peppers
This exhilirating spice has an exotic reputation and stimulates endorphins. No wonder it is considered a symbol of love. Arriba!
#6 Avocado
It could be the sensual shape or rich flavor of the fruit that gives avocado its aphrodisiac reputation. Whether added to salad, pureed in soups or chopped into the perfect bowl of fresh guacamole, the sea-green treat is perfect on your Valentine's table.

#7 Asparagus
Asparagus goes back hundreds of years, it stirs up lust in man and woman. In the 19th century, bride and grooms were served three courses incorporating asparagus for their prenuptial dinner. Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and folic acid. It is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.
 #8 Figs
Used by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the fig paradoxically symbolizes both sexuality and modesty.
#9 Bananas
For a sweet overindulgence, try a banana milkshake made with ripe bananas, milk and honey. The combination will calm your stomach and re-regulate your blood sugar. It is also rich in potassium and vitamin B.
#10 Honey
Birds and bees ring a bell? Honey is made through insemination and is a symbol of procreation. The word 'honeymoon' got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey, which was given to the happy couple.

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