5 Aphrodisiacs to Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day

I may not be a love guru, but I do know food; where I lack in my “Dear Abby” skills, I make up for in the kitchen. You are what you eat, and food has the unrivaled power to affect not only your body, but your state of mind as well. This Valentine’s Day, heat things up with some of my favorite aphrodisiacs:

Dark Chocolate

Aphrodisiac 1: Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is not only packed with vital nutrients and healthy antioxidants, it’s great for your libido too! Research has found that dark chocolate releases beta-endorphins, the feel-good chemicals responsible for intense pleasure, exhilaration, attraction and euphoria. Many claim chocolate is akin to having an orgasm;).

 
 
Oysters

Aphrodisiac 2: Oysters

Get ready to shuck! This well known aphrodisiac was originally documented by the Romans during the 2nd century AD. This slippery shellfish is touted for boosting libido, sexual stamina and romance. The oyster’s high levels of zinc are credited with increasing sex drive and sperm count.

 
 
Basil

Aphrodisiac 3: Basil

This fragrant member of the mint family has a distinctive, alluring aroma. So alluring, in fact, it has been rumored to cure headaches (hint, hint). Basil also has a warming effect on the body, promoting circulation. In some parts of Italy, basil is considered a token of love.

 
 
Chili Peppers

Aphrodisiac 4: Chili Peppers

If skirting the fine line between pleasure and pain is a turn-on for you, chili peppers might be your dream aphrodisiac. The heat that burns your mouth and lips is the same spicy stuff responsible for stimulating the release of endorphins and feelings of pleasure and exhilaration.

 
 
Asparagus

Aphrodisiac 5: Asparagus

In 19th-century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of asparagus at their prenuptial dinner. Citizens of the country known for romance were familiar with the seductive powers of this tasty green veggie well before we had scientific proof of their libido-boosting properties. Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid, the B vitamin reported to boost the histamine production necessary to reach orgasm in both sexes.
 
Spice up your Valentine’s Day dinner with any of these ingredients for the perfect ending to a romantic evening!