What Are Aphrodisiac Foods?
Today, it is our pleasure to introduce you to the sexy power that some foods bestow — some that you may be eating every single day (especially if Sakara is your weekly jam). Those foods are the ethereal aphrodisiacs.
But, what really are aphrodisiac foods? Put most simply: they are foods that are good for good sex. Aka, they make you horny. Interested now?
But the question still remains — do they really work? The only way to answer that is by sampling and playing around with aphrodisiacs yourself (and with your lover), sit back, and experience what works, and what might not.
The most notorious aphrodisiac in the land? Oysters. These beauties are super high in zinc (also good for your skin!) which has a reputation for being conducive to heart opening meditations and fertility nourishment. Researchers have also found that oysters contain amino acids that trigger the production of sex hormones. Slurp slurp.
But nature’s sexual energy doesn’t just stop with oysters. There are fruits and veggies, herbs and greens galore that produce the same kind of hormones and ignite the same kind of under-the-belt fire that those gooey ocean creatures do. Here are our favorites:
There is quite a bit of folklore and ancient wisdom out there surrounding the juicy fig and her sexual characteristics. Legend has it that eating a fresh fig while naked and standing in front of a women is one of the most erotic acts, ever. As the story goes, when a fig is split down the center and cradled in the palm, it resembles, well, I think you can guess. Some historians even believe for figs to be Adam and Eve's "forbidden fruit" from the Garden of Eden. We're not sure how much weight this carries, but what we do know is that rules were made to be broken, so you might as well eating something sexy while doing so. Figs are similarly loaded with manganese, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc — all essential nutrients for reproductive health.
The avo has been a renown aphrodisiac since as far back as the ancient Aztecs, who called it the testicle tree. Yes, that's real. Because if you've ever been blessed enough to see avocados hanging from a tree, they hang low and often in pairs (let your imagination run there). The fruit's potently high levels of vitamin E (also referred to as "the sex vitamin") internally lubricate the skin down under to promote a long-lasting juicy feeling. Vitamin E also encourages a balanced production of hormones testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, which circulate the bloodstream and stimulate sexual response. Pass the guacamole, please.
Papaya is oestrogenic, meaning it has compounds that act as the female hormone oestrogen. It has been used as a folk remedy in promoting menstruation and milk production, facilitating childbirth and increasing the female libido. Let's just say it's shaped like that for a reason...
Widely understood to promote feelings of love and bliss, cacao is said to vastly open up the energy of the heart chakra. On a more scientific level, cacao contains L-arginine, the amino acid that's an effective sex-enhancer in both men and women. L-arginine works in the body by increasing nitric oxide and flooding blood flow to the sexual organs, ergo increasing sensitive sensation. Cacao is also a libido-boosting food because of it's rich source of PEA, aka, phenylethylamine, aka the "love chemical". PEA promotes the release of dopamine in the brain, creating utter euphoria. We have a few pyramids of this power plant every single day.
Almonds are one of the oldest known aphrodisiac symbols of fertility. The aroma of anything almond is supposed to arouse warmth and passion in females (we most definitely agree). Almonds are also choke full of vitamin E (remember what we said about the vitamin E in avocados?). They're also loaded with the essential fatty acids needed for the production of sex hormones, reproduction function and a balanced libido. We get our fix daily with one handful of Sakara Classic Granola at a time.
Allow cayenne to crank up your heat (in the bedroom, that is). This spicy pepper powder sends blood flow to all the right places. And when alchemized with other aphrodisiacs such as cacao, avocado or almond, the nutrient transport superpowers are quite potent. As a result of it's spiciness, cayenne will have your tummy excited like butterflies for a new crush. Also, it contains high amounts of vitamin C to stimulate whole body circulation and adequate energy.
~ Raw honey
Honey has forever been a symbol of pollination and procreation. In fact, the word "honeymoon" was coined from this sexy, silky substance. In medieval times, people drank a beverage, called mead, of fermented honey to promote sexual desire. Honey contains high amounts of boron, which help to regulate estrogen and testosterone levels as well as provide sustainable energy without throwing the blood sugar out of whack. Honey is also loaded with B vitamins, which are similarly needed for testosterone production. A study found that just three-ounces of honey significantly increased the body's count of nitric oxide, the chemical released during arousal,.
BONUS S-Life Sex Tonic
When making for two, you need:
~ 2 cups of warmed almond milk
~ 2 TBSP raw cacao powder
~ 2 tsp maca powder
~ a dash of cinnamon
~ a dash of cayenne
~ 2 tsp of raw honey
Once almond milk has been warmed, toss all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Drink up with loving intention and feel the invigoration that these sexy superfoods provide. <3