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Diet expert talks about aphrodisiac foods for this valentine's day

123Diet’s founder Emma Taylor spills the beans about what food can get you in the mood!

Health expert Emma Taylor, whose 123Diet is an Australian sensation, is here to help you have the Valentine’s Day of your dreams. As someone who’s created an ingenious clean-eating meal plan and incredible metabolism-boosting drops—not to mention lost nearly 50 pounds herself— she’s learned that a lot of how we feel comes down to what we eat.

Romantic Dinner to share with your partner!. Image Source: Bostonmagazine.com

So though there's no food or drink out there that's going to turn Mr. Wrong into Mr. Right or ensure you the date of your dreams, it is true that certain foods are a little more likely to put you in a particularly loving mood than others.

On a related note, you’ve been in a winter slump and are eager to kickstart your health journey, there’s no reason not to give 123Diet a try. After all, getting in better shape might be the most potent aphrodisiac of all!

1.Asparagus

Asparagus was once thought to be such a potent aphrodisiac that 19th century French grooms would eat three full asparagus courses the day before their wedding in preparation for their big night.

Though the vegetable may have acquired its steamy reputation in part because it slightly resembles a particular body part, its got a lot more going for it than its looks.

For instance, it's a great source of Vitamin E and folate, which are important for both men and women's reproductive health. The folate in asparagus may also enhance libido by stimulating histamine production, while the Vitamin E and potassium can enhance circulation—including to relevant areas.

2. Red Wine

We've all heard about beer goggles, but there are a few reasons you may want to put on some "wine glasses" instead this Valentine's Day! Alcohol consumption of any sort has been shown to make people happier, more social, and less sexually inhibited and to increase women's subjective feelings of desire, arousal, and pleasure.

However, red wine seems to have a leg up: women who drank a moderate amount of red wine daily were found to have higher sex drives than both women who didn't drink and women who drank different types of alcohol. Plus, an enzyme found in red wine called UGT2B17 may enhance men's testosterone levels by blocking the processes that usually remove it from the body.

Compounds in wine like resveratol, piceatannol, and procyanins can also help improve your circulation and heart health and may offset some of the fat from the rest of your Valentine's meal.

Of course, you've gotta be wary of overdoing it; drinking too much can decrease both men and women's chances of arousal.

3. Strawberries

In ancient Greek myth, strawberries first grew on ground watered by the tears of Aphrodite as she wept over the death of her lover Adonis. You shouldn't cry over spilt strawberries though; you should add this super-fruit to your Valentine's day spread!

The antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium in strawberries are all great for heart health and blood flow, and their sweet taste, bold red color, and heart-like shape are all just plain romantic.

4. Chocolate

While studies haven't found that chocolate has a specific effect on libido, several have found that it can lead to notable improvements in mood, partially because it contains small amounts of stimulant chemicals like phenylethylamine, theobromine, and caffeine.

It's also been known to lead to the release of endorphins and contains the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to feel-good brain chemical serontonin.

As always, the healthiest way to enjoy the benefits of chocolate is as concentrated cocoa powder rather than high-calorie candy.

5. Coffee

What can't coffee do? It's a brain food, a diuretic, a fat-buster, and now, an aphrodisiac! Caffeine's mood and energy boosting properties make it an obvious choice for keeping romance alive, and research indicates it may even reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction in men.

One fascinating rat study showed that while caffeine didn't affect which males female rats chose to mate with, it did seem to make these female rats far more motivated to engage in sexual behavior overall and reduced the time they waited between rendezvous.

While we wouldn't recommend comparing your beloved to a rat, wooing her with a combination of cocoa and coffee might really rev things up!

6. Avocados

The aphrodisiac reputation of avocados began with the Aztecs, who named the avocado tree the "ahuacuatl" or testicle tree. If you've never seen one, note that these big round fruits tend to dangle in pairs.

The Aztecs also wouldn't allow virgins to leave the house while avocados were being harvested, and avocados were once outlawed by Spanish Catholic priests because of their supposed sensuality!  

Avocados are high in vitamin B6, which is essential for male testosterone production. Nutrients like Vitamin E and B9 are also great for increasing energy, which spells fortune for lovers of either gender.

Add in some fertility boosting folate and mood-boosting omega-3 fatty acid, and you've got yourself one potent fruit!

7. Oysters

What do notorious beauty Cleopatra and notorious lover Casanova have in common? Apparently: an infatuation with oysters! Casanova was also said to have breakfasted on raw oysters daily and to once have seduced a virgin over a shared oyster meal.

Even Aphrodite herself, who gives aphrodisiacs their very name, is thought to have sprung from an oyster. Accordingly, one mouse study suggests that eating oysters may indeed enhance sexual function.

Oysters also contain zinc, which can boost testosterone and sperm production. Plus, they contain tyrosine, which is a nutritional precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine—which plays a vital role in behavior, cognition, attention, and, most importantly, desire!

8.Celery

Celery is another somewhat phallic vegetable and another of Casanova's staples. However, modern science reveals that celery also contains the male pheromones androstenone and androstenol.

These, when consumed, may increase men's levels of testosterone and pheromones, a type of hormone that gives off a scent thought to entice females.

Other compounds in celery are thought to induce relaxation, and its high water content makes it a good choice for staying hydrated throughout potentially vigorous activities. Best of all, you can enjoy celery for practically no calories!

9. Apples

Maybe Eve knew something we didn't when she went after that apple. This "forbidden fruit" happens to contain phloridzin, one of a class of plant compounds called phytoestrogens that act like female sex hormones in the body, enhancing women's libido and sexual health.

A study done on Italian women found, accordingly, that those who ate one or two apples a day reported more sexual satisfaction. Polyphenols and antioxidants found in apples may also play a role by boosting heart health and circulation.

Gabriel Hernández

23. Pharma Student and Kitchen Lover. Trying to bring the best of pop and indian culture to everyone.+ info

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