just for the love of it: top 10 aphrodisiacs to enhance your sex life

While research has not yet revealed any real aphrodisiacs (foods that cause people to have better sex) in the aisles of your local grocery store, there are foods that "enhance aspects of the sensory experience such as sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing- which in turn can increase sexual drive or libido, improve sexual performance, and/or result in greater sexual satisfaction."

So, it's not the actual food that's intensifying your sex life. Instead, these sexy eats are stimulating your senses which accentuate the sexual feelings that you have with your partner. Then, those enhanced feelings help to improve your sexual experience. Basically, food can put you in the mood. Regardless of the actual process, enjoying these delectable meals with your mate will likely enhance your sexual experience in one way or another; so eat up!

1. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is packed with phenylethylamine and serotonin, which can make you happy, thus enhancing your libido when you're in the mood for love. Chocolate covered strawberries are even better because of the C vitamins found in strawberries, which can enhance your libido, and the rich red color, which is the color of love.

2. Bananas
These fruits entice the senses because of their phallic shape and their combination of potassium and b vitamins which boost the production of sex hormones.

3. Pomegranate
Pomegranate's rich red color stimulates the eye while it's antioxidant-rich properties help to increase blood flow.

4. Saffron
Saffron contains a chemical called picrocrocin, which has been shown to increase an individual's sensitivity to touch. Also, it's ability to work as an anti-depressant can help you get in the mood.

5. Coconuts

A recent article by Ong and Tan (2007) described two classes of plant-based compounds that increase the activity of testosterone in animals. One class includes a series of short chained fatty acids including caproic, caprylic and heptanoic acid. These fatty compounds increase the activity of testosterone. And coconut is a particularly rich source.

6. Wine
Alcohol definitely lowers your inhibitions. But, know that after one glass of wine, your ability to perform under the sheets (i.e. be coordinated or maintain an erection) is significantly lowered. Go ahead and open a bottle of wine with your romantic meal, but try not to finish that bottle before bed.

7. Vanilla Ice Cream
The scent and flavor of vanilla is thought to increase feelings of lust. In addition, the phosphorus and calcium in the ice cream can build strong bones (necessary for sexual activity) and maximize your libido.

8. Pine Nuts

Pine nuts are said to stimulate the libido because they are rich in zinc, a key mineral for maintaining male potency. Like most nuts, they also offer protective cardiovascular benefits and are especially good sources of thiamin, iron, magnesium, and manganese.

9. Asparagus

This vegetable is filled with vitamin E which can boost your libido. Coupled with it's phallic shape, asparagus is a great food to get you going.

10. Honey

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