What Turns You On? Unlikely Aphrodisiacs Part 1 of 2 [SERIES]

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Oysters, chocolate, and strawberries might turn up on your lover’s menu, as three of the most common foods believed to have aphrodisiacal effects.  But if you want to shake things up and really impress your sweetie, why not go global? Every culture has is its own dishes believed to increase sex drive. Some you can find at the local grocery store, but you might have to look further afield for a few of these delicacies.

Asparagus: The tradition of asparagus as an aphrodisiac might stem from its suggestive shape; there is a long history of ascribing libidinous properties to certain foods based on their appearance — carrots, cucumbers, and bananas among them. Asparagus has more than a slightly phallic appearance to recommend it, however; it is extremely high in folic acidalong with other nutrients. Vitamin E stimulates testosterone production, while folic acid increases histamine production, thought to help women achieve orgasm.

Avocado: The Aztecs gave it the name ahuacuatl, meaning “testicle tree,” because of the way the fruit hangs in pairs on the tree.  Its reputation for enhancing sexual prowess was so entrenched that people avoided purchasing or consuming it for fear of gossip, so in the early 20th century California growers launched a publicity campaign to dispel the stigma. Avocado, like asparagus, is loaded with folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E.

Basil: The herb was believed to increase fertility as well as sex drive and enhance general well-being. It became a symbol of love in Italy, where girls would wear a sprig of basil in their hair to signal their availability. Aside from its history and folklore, basil does have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s also a good source of magnesium, which can increase energy levels and aid circulation — both vital for sexual health.

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