Chiles and other peppers that heat up your mouth and tongue can also fire up your libido. The capsaicin in the hot peppers makes your blood vessels dilate and can make you all hot and sweaty, ready for sex! Ancient Arabian sex therapists advised rubbing a flaccid penis with a mixture containing pepper, lavender, honey, and ginger to bring it “back to life.” For younger guys, rubbing the penis with just about anything will bring it to life. Eating hot peppers causes a release of endorphins leading to a pleasant natural high that can heighten erotic experiences. Some really do like it hot!
Those fun-loving Aztecs called chocolate “nourishment of the gods”. We know that good chocolate affects neurotransmitters in a positive manner and that can’t be bad for sex. Quality chocolate, especially dark chocolate contain flavonoids which have been shown to inhibit arterial plaque formation, reduce platelet activity, and relax blood vessel walls by increasing nitric oxide, the same body chemical affected by Viagra. A nice dark chocolate with a glass of wine shared with your lover in soft candlelight with Barry White singing in the background…
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Let’s continue with coffee, which, for many of us, starts our day. The physiologic effects of coffee (caffeine) include constricting cerebral blood vessels while dilating peripheral blood vessels. So coffee will not only help with that pesky vascular headache it can improve blood flow to those body parts that express an interest in sex by filling with blood. So now, “not tonight, I’ve got a headache,” can be treated with a quick visit to Starbucks: Headache gone, blood flow improved, wide awake! Let’s screw!
Cilantro (coriander to you gringos) has been reputed to improve fertility and various appetites for thousands of years. In the Arabian Nights, a man who was unable to father a child through 40 years of attempts became a dad after drinking some sort of cilantro tea. For the Freudians among you, note that the plant is often described as having an erect stem and is part of the carrot family. I enjoy cilantro and have added literally handfuls of leaves to my taco salad or Mongolian BBQ but could not discern any sexual effects other than satisfying my more mundane hunger.
More C’s: This from botanical online: “With the cilantro, the cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), the clove (Syzygium aromaticum), the ginger (Zingiber officinale) and the cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) it was carried out a drink, called ” Hipocras ” that was used in the weddings. This same drink was imported to Europe by the members of the crusades and later on exported to many nations of South America, but it was banned because it stimulated the libido too much.” I experimented with various mixtures using these herbs and found that cilantro did not play well, taste-wise, with the others. I may have to revisit this concoction. Hipocras could be a lucrative addition to the energy drink marketplace. Note that cloves contain eugenol, a natural anesthetic, so unless you want some temporary numbness, keep it away from your genitals. Perhaps it would be a benefit to premature ejaculators. As for cinnamon, it brings the heat! Cinnamon oil is directly applied to genitals as a sex enhancement in many cultures. I’m still working out the Hipocras tea recipe and welcome any ideas.
Cucumbers are kings of the phallus-shaped veggies and have found their way into many rooks and grannies. These are one of the earliest sex toys, mostly used in solo adventures, and occasionally show up in embarrassing ER visits. An entire cucumber is about 45 calories with little nutritive value other than water and fiber. Tasty and refreshing. Many cosmeticians recommend cucumber facials for younger looking skin and reducing wrinkles around the eyes.
Cleopatra is reported to have used dates as an aphrodisiac. Not going on a date, eating medjool dates. Dates are considered the “fruits of paradise’ in Islamic culture. Considering some of the other things offered in that paradise, a little boost for stamina and improved recovery time would be a great benefit. One writer suggests using dates to make Cupid’s omelette, which contains some other sexy foods like cinnamon and eggs. Dates are super sweet, with their fruit sugars well balanced by their high fiber content. For you potassium checkers, one pitted date has about 2 mEq of potassium. Dates have a dab of protein, and, more importantly some good bioflavanoids such as the antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Not only are these flavonoids important for eye health, they are help maintain healthy endometrium, breast, colon, and prostate tissue by preventing damage from free radicals.
Donuts are NOT a benefit to your sexual health. They are loaded with bad sugar and fats. If you must play ring toss with a donut and an erect penis, please discard the donut when you are done.
Dragon fruit has a wild pink and green peel that makes you look twice and some find somewhat seductive. The soft interior is speckled with little black seeds and the flesh can be simply spooned out to eat. It tastes like a melon to me, with a touch of green grapiness. These are fat-free and a good balance of sugar to fiber so a healthy choice. I would think the ones with redder insides would be higher in lycopene. They are a bit hard to find in the US and would likely be better eaten fresh from the source, but in any case, I found no direct effect on libido from the one half that I tried.
There is another, even more bizarre looking, fruit called the durian. I have yet to sample this one. It is reported to have a pungent odor when cut open and a taste that takes getting used to. Research in India seems to show a shorter “time to mount” in mice, as well as increases in sperm count and motility. The “time to mount” is not how long the mouse lasted in the saddle but how long it took to climb aboard when presented with an agreeable female mouse. Again, this was done with mice and some sort of durian extract or concentrate. Apparently, chemical pollution has caused widespread diminished sperm counts in Indian men so there is a touch of desperation in this research.
It goes without saying that eggs are sexy. Because of its connections with new life, the egg has been touted as a fertility aid and an aphrodisiac. Peasants in Central Europe rubbed eggs on their plows to improve their crops. You can read that literally and figuratively. Brides in France broke an egg on the doorstep to ensure a large family. Various egg rituals have been reported to predict the sex of an unborn child. Eggs do contain some cholesterol, which among other things, is necessary for sperm production. Eggs whites are almost totally protein which are so important for making neurotransmitters, including dopamine and oxytocin (happiness and love!). There is enough protein in one egg white to provide enough protein for about a half cup of semen. That’s somewhere around 34 ejaculations, on average. The incredible edible egg, indeed.
Endive and Escarole are both vitamin K-rich leafy, green vegetables that provide all the nutritious goodness that you would expect from fresh greens. I found no direct sexual results, although there was a time when knowing to say “ehn-deev” rather than “N-dive” might have helped pick up women in the produce section of the campus Safeway.
Photo assistant and hand model for this post is student pharmacist Joseph Ruiz, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Glendale, AZ.