We’re giving Cupid the day-off this Valentines Day by providing you with our 5 favourite foods to stimulate the senses and work as your wingman!
As you’ll know your foods are made up from carbohydrates, fats and protein but when you break these down further and look at food particularly high in certain types of sugars, fatty acids, amino acids and micro-nutrients, you’ll discover a much wider range of bite-size benefits. Our list will cover foods that each have a different aphrodisiac-type effect on the body, so you’ll have all bases covered…
Pumpkin Seeds are naturally super-high in Magnesium which is very well backed in having a direct and indirect effect on testosterone levels. In addition to this, magnesium rich pumpkin seeds will help lighten the mood as a proven muscle relaxant and cortisol (stress) blocker.
Oysters, you guessed it! When you think aphrodisiac foods this is usually one of the first foods that comes to mind. Containing up to 182mg Zinc per 100g (cooked) you can get well over your daily intake in just one sitting. Zinc will not only increasing testosterone but also increasing sperm motility and development (spermatogenesis).
Top Tip: On ejaculation most men lose around 5mg of Zinc. Eat your Oysters and you won’t risk deficiency 😉
3. Dark Chocolate, no, not melted and smothered like a scene from “50 Shades of Grey”. Cocoa not only gives chocolate it’s rich distinctive flavours but is also high in 3 nutrients that lift libido: Zinc, Magnesium and Phenylethyamine (PEA), as we’ve already covered the first 2 nutrients we’ll elaborate on the latter. PEA works as a neurotransmitter in the human body playing part in the pathway of dopamine production. Dopamine is the human bodies ‘feel good’ chemical enriching your body at that special time.
Strawberries? They’re low in carbohydrates and sugar but not particularly nutrient rich
(although a great source of vitamin C), so why are they on the list? Fresh, ripe strawberries mimic the colour “lust red”, just its like name this shade of colour brings the feeling of lust and is often associated with Valentines day. Red is “the colour of sexuality and can stimulate more intimate passions in us”.
5. Almonds find a place in most healthy-eating diets nowadays and rightly so! Not only are these nutrient dense seeds rich in Vitamin E and Magnesium (also libido boosters) almonds are also packed with Arginine. Arginine is an amino acid that aids healthy blood flow. Just 5mg of Arginine per day over a 4 week period can significantly help with erectile dysfunction, 1 almond has roughly 5x this amount, winning!
So now that you’re creating your very own Almond-infused Oysters on a Pumpkin Seed and Dark Chocolate base with a Strawberry dressing, be sure to thanks us when this Valentines day is a hit!