You don't have to trek to the
Himalayas or to Timbuktu in order to obtain aphrodisiacs. Some common foodstuffs
are, in fact, considered as "love enhancers" and are easily available
in your kitchen. Here are a few of these surprising love treats.
because of its shape and "sticky" reputation, has been considered an
aphrodisiac for decades. It helps that this vegetable is included in
"spicy" dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. The okras is usually steamed
or served fresh with lemon juice.
has long been known as the "love apple," which is really it's old
name. Its reputation as an aphrodisiac may have something to do with its
appearance that supposedly resembles a red heart. Anyway, tomatoes are chockfull
of vitamins and minerals, which may have led others to deduce that they are good
for one's stamina.
seem spicy in more ways than one, especially when regularly included in one's
diet. There was even a curious news item in a daily broadsheet, which reported
the surprising increase in population of a Central Luzon town whose primarily
industry is - you guessed it - onion growing. Certainly, onions seem spicy in
more ways than one, especially when regularly included in one's diet. Some
internet sites are quick to name a certain species, Vedalio, as a particularly
effective onion variety. No mention, however, has been made on whether the
effect of onions on one's breath may nullify its supposedly love-enhancing
like the okra, is probably considered an aphrodisiac because of its elongated
appearance. However, scientific studies have shown that it is rich in vitamin E,
which is considered effective in stimulating hormone growth. What is debatable
is whether to choose canned or fresh asparagus. Our bet? Choose fresh asparagus.
peppers are said to mark the true
Bicolano. Amongst Filipinos, Bicolanos have a reputation for being
"hot." They attribute this to the fact that Bicolanos eat a lot of
chili peppers. The "heat" in chili peppers comes from capsaicin, a
chemical that stimulates nerve endings, which eventually leads to a raised pulse
and sweating. This further leads to the production of endorphins in the human
body, a chemical that gives a natural high allegedly conducive to lovemaking.
clove, cinnamon and rosemary are the
so-called "dual" aphrodisiacs as they are not only edible but also
considered as aromatic aphrodisiacs as well. This is because their strong and
readily discernible scents appeal to the basest and oldest of our senses - the
sense of smell - which, believe it or not, is an important though unacknowledged
part of the sexual act.