What Foods Are Aphrodisiacs

Overview

Many types of foods are purported to be aphrodisiacs, increasing not only your sexual desire, but performance ability as well. In some cases, aphrodisiacs are simply myths, perpetrated by cultural assumptions and whatever connotations individual lovers choose to ascribe to them. In other cases, however, aphrodisiac foods have proven biochemical properties which may affect sexual motivation and performance.

Chocolate

Chocolate contains chemicals such as serotonin and phenylethylamine, that produce euphoric feelings in your brain. While there is no direct sexual connotation, those "happy thoughts" are often associated with love and romance.

Oysters

Oysters are rich in zinc, which facilitates testosterone production in men. The Romans often used them as aphrodisiacs.

Garlic and Ginger

Both garlic and ginger increase circulation, which is associated with sexual excitement and can facilitate physical performance.

Bananas

Bananas contain potassium and Vitamin B, which increase production of sexual hormones. They also bear a phallic appearance similar to the male sex organs.

Papaya

Papaya facilitates the production of estrogen in women, and has also been used to stimulate the menstrual cycle and the production of breast milk.

About this Author

Rob Vaux has been a professional writer and editor since 1995. He has traveled throughout Europe and North America as well as parts of North Africa. Since 2000, he has been a professional movie critic at Flipside Movie Emporium, the Sci-Fi Movie Page and Mania.com. Vaux has a Master of Arts in English literature from Syracuse University.

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