Valentine’s Day is coming up, but many people are too tired from their daily activities to perform on the big night.
So it’s no wonder some people try aphrodisiacs to get in the mood. But which ones really work?
From goji berries to maca powder, the sex expert from The Sun newspaper Georgette Culley tried the best known natural aphrodisiacs and points which ones work best.
It’s hard to see what’s so sexy about these slimy little sea creatures, but they’re probably the most famous aphrodisiac.
Seafood is packed with zinc, which is believed to increase libido.
“I sprinkled mine with lemon and Tabasco to hide the fishy taste, but it didn’t do me much good. But my partner, who was three, ended up getting frisky. After Tabasco, my mouth was the only thing that felt hot,” Culley said.
Not only does it taste great, but it contains two vital chemicals, tryptophan and phenylethylamine, which release happy hormones and put you in a good mood.
The former is a building block of serotonin, a brain chemical important in sexual arousal.
The latter is a natural stimulant like an amphetamine, and is released in the brain when people fall in love.
“After stuffing myself with almost an entire box, I definitely felt loved, but also a little unwell. In the end, I was more in the mood for hugs and a bubble bath than any mischief,” said the expert.
This aptly named supplement originates from Asia and contains chemicals that appear to help increase blood flow and improve sexual function.
It is said to work for both men and women.
“It needs about a fortnight to a month to take effect, but I did experience a slight increase in my sex drive, but it may have been the placebo effect. Either way, I’m not complaining,” Culley said.
This “superfood” is supposed to boost your sex life. The small red berries are said to increase testosterone production in both men and women, making us feel sensual.
“However, I really didn’t like the taste. It is a strange flavor that was quite bitter and they are difficult to quickly chew and swallow.
“But not all is lost. After consuming half a small bag, I felt more relaxed and excitable than before. And after a long night of passion, I caught my boyfriend sneaking them into my morning smoothie.”
This plant, extracted from high in the Andes mountains, is said to be a natural aphrodisiac that can help with fertility and provide larger breasts.
The problem lies in its taste.
“It tastes like expired malted milk so I had to add a lot of sugar to try and make it bearable.
“After a few cups, my senses sharpened, making every touch from my partner more pleasurable. But I couldn’t get the bitter aftertaste off and I felt bad, so any action was quickly put on hold.”
Dried or fresh, the fruit is considered seductive because it resembles the female sexual organs that scientists say stimulate sexual appetite.
“I tried a fresh one, it was tender and quite syrupy. It wasn’t unpleasant, but I didn’t love it.
“I slurped half a dozen as they turned out quite appetizing. I definitely ended up feeling a bit fruity afterward, as I found my boyfriend irresistible in his pajamas and it wasn’t long before we got on our nerves.”
Foods rich in vitamin E supposedly encourage the production of sex hormones, which increase sexual desire. Almonds have been linked to fertility since ancient times.
“After having been eating them all day, I definitely felt my mood improve and my lustful feelings increase.
“But if this was due to my little girl finally settling down to sleep early and giving me some decent adult time, I’m not sure.”
A moderate amount of red wine is said to improve sexual desire and function in women.
Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, increases blood flow to your nether regions and increases your chances of having an orgasm.
But don’t overdo it, as too much alcohol will make you drowsy and affect your ability to “get there.”
“After two (generous) drinks at dinner with my partner, I get flirtatious and dirty. But I can’t resist another glass and I end up desperate to go to bed.”
Feeding strawberries to your lover is a real turn-on, but they also contain vitamin C which helps produce sex and fertility hormones like androgens, estrogens, and progesterone, which are important for arousal.
“To up the ante, my partner blindfolded me in bed and fed me strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce.
“Sensory deprivation made every touch and kiss intensify and the whole experience was very sensual and romantic. Just don’t use your best sheets.”
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