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Natural Aphrodisiacs

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 10:44 am | By: Kim McCorkell, Senior Editor

It’s February. This could mean one of two things. One, you’re crushed or indifferent. Watching Abraham Lincoln the Vampire Hunter with a side of organic popcorn sounds like a far better way to celebrate the month than with Cupid and his broken bow. Or two, forget Abe and all the Presidents – you’ll plan the perfect Valentine’s Day instead.

For those of you looking forward to celebrating the month of Love, we’re here to guide you through a list of natural aphrodisiacs that could easily be integrated into your day. Perhaps even for use on a regular basis!  But before that, let’s quickly take a look at what is an aphrodisiac and how an aphrodisiac works.

An aphrodisiac is considered a food, drink or drug that stimulates sexual desire. It’s named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality or love. Many have been used for ages by trained herbalists. Their use can be found throughout the ancient history of traditional medicine. As of today, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains that no products may be sold over-the-counter for use as a natural aphrodisiac. Perhaps to keep consumers from overdosing on too many herbs! Despite the FDA’s warning, certain foods have earned a reputation as a natural aphrodisiac for specific, scientific reasons.

The reasons aphrodisiacs work is because they contain properties that can improve libido. These properties may help reduce stress, raise body temperature, increase circulation, sustain energy, or flood your body with happy hormones. Below is a list of several known natural aphrodisiacs, and what they’re good for.

Honey: Sustains energy, supports testosterone and is used in estrogen production
Coconut water: High in electrolytes which can increase energy. Also boosts blood flow and contains vitamin C
Cacao (raw chocolate): A feel good food! Contains phenylethylamine (PEA), and stimulates dopamine production
Nutmeg: Contains warming properties, can fight stress and fatigue, and even sweeten breath
Ginger: Fantastic for increasing circulation in the body, and also a well-known healing food
Maca: Rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Used by Peruvians for generations to boost vitality, energy and mental clarity, which can all help treat low libido
Vanilla: Its natural smell and flavor is recognized by the hypothalamus, which can stimulate feelings of security, nurturing and relaxation
Saw palmetto: Traditionally, some herbalists believe the berry can be used to increase sperm production and sex drive in men
Cinnamon: Boosts body heat and can even plump lips!
Horny goat weed: One of the most exotic and valued herbs in Chinese medicine, and used for centuries to intensify desire and support healthy sexual desire.
Cayenne Pepper: Used in herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic. Also great for the gastrointestinal tract, including stomach aches, cramping and gas.

Other foods, like oysters, celery, almonds and avocado are well-known aphrodisiacs. The most common nutrients found in foods that aid in boosting libido include (but are not limited to) zinc, vitamin C, iodine, omega 3 and magnesium.

Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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Good ‘N Natural – Saw Palmetto 450 mg. – 100 Capsules
Solaray – Cool Cayenne – 90 Capsules
NOW Foods – Horny Goat Weed Extract 750 mg. – 90 Tablets

 

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