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7 Natural Aphrodisiacs

Spicing things up in the bedroom may not be as difficult as you think it has to be.

Brian Clement, certified nutritionist says, “Good health leads to good sex, and good sex can lead to good health.”

Natural aphrodisiacs are becoming a popular alternative to prescription medications and they can be found just about anywhere. Chances are likely you already have a few of these ingredients sitting in your kitchen.

Pumpkin Seeds

Although oysters are typically at the top of the list, pumpkin seeds are a good alternative to the seafood.

Both oysters and pumpkin seeds are naturally rich in zinc. Just cup of pumpkin seeds offers as much as 16.8% of the daily recommended value for zinc.

According to studies, severe and moderate zinc deficiency is associated with hypogonadism. Zinc supplementation counters this effect.

Saffron

Saffron may be among the most expensive spices available, but it’s also a popular natural aphrodisiac.

Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada explored hundreds of natural and popular aphrodisiacs. However, out of the most commonly used aphrodisiacs, only saffron, yohimbe, and ginseng were shown to have a positive impact on sexual health.

Garlic

While the smell of garlic may be a turn off for some, this unique plant contains the chemical allicin.

Dr. Pratt, researcher for the Canada Research Chair in Free Radical Chemistry explains, “Basically the allicin compound has to decompose in order to generate a potent antioxidant . . . The reaction between the sulfenic acid and radicals is as fast as it can get, limited only by the time it takes for the two molecules to come into contact. No one has ever seen compounds, natural or synthetic, react this quickly as antioxidants.”

By eliminating harmful environmental toxins, garlic (and allicin) protects against damage on a cellular level.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is commonly used to flavor dishes and add enticing scents to products, but it also lands on this list.

Cinnamon contains the chemical cinnamaldehyde which fights oral bacteria that causes bad breath.

Additionally, studies show cinnamon regulates glucose, lowers cholesterol, and improves blood pressure symptoms when taken on a regular basis. High blood pressure can cause erection problems and may interfere with blood flow to the penis, resulting in erectile dysfunction.

Chili Peppers

If you like it hot, then chili peppers are a great way to go.

These spicy aphrodisiacs contain the chemical capsaicin, which gives peppers their hot disposition.

According to experts, “eating capsaicin can cause a physiological response – increased heart rate and metabolism, sometimes even sweating . . .”

Ginseng

Traditionally ginseng root was deemed an aphrodisiac because its root resembled male genitals. However, more recent research is being done on the chemicals many believe stimulate libido and improve sexual performance.

According to studies, ginseng rich in ginsenosides acts on the central nervous system and gonadal tissues.

“There is good evidence that ginsenosides can facilitate penile erection by directly inducing the vasodilation and relaxation of penile corpus cavernosum.”

Additionally, ginseng triggers the release of nitric oxide, which improves blood flow and circulation.

Chocolate

What natural aphrodisiac list would be complete without chocolate?

Chocolate is among the most studied and famous aphrodisiacs available. According to a 2006 study, subjects who habitually ate chocolate on a daily basis reported higher sexual function than those who did not.

Experts attribute chocolate’s abilities to the chemical phenylethylamine, or PEA. This chemical is responsible for improving mood and energy levels, similar to the natural high provided by endorphins.

Play with Your Food

Although not everyone responds to the above aphrodisiacs in the same way, part of natural aphrodisiacs – wonder is the exploration.

Finding what works for you is half the fun!

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