Monday, June 8, 2009

Top 8 Foods that Boots Your Sex Hormones

1. Bananas :

If you want sex to go the extra kilometer, fuel up for foreplay. A big banana is the perfect food for bedroom endurance. Bananas contain B vitamins, which are key for converting carbohydrates into energy and are believed to help manufacture sex hormones such as testosterone.

2. Celery :

Serve your partner celery sticks and he may suddenly seem more irresistible. Raw celery contains the male hormone androsterone, which can act as a pheromone to trigger female attraction. After just a few bites, his sweat glands start releasing the pheromone. On special occasions, splash out and add a few truffle shavings to his meal. Truffles boast even more androsterone.

3.Dark chocolate :

An Italian study found that women who report eating chocolate on a daily basis claim to have more satisfying sex lives. Like other sweet foods, chocolate triggers the release of feel-good endorphins. It also provides small amounts of anxiety-quelling tryptophan, arousing caffeine and a couple of groovy substances anandamide and theobromine , in large quantities, work like a psychedelic drug and an opiate, respectively. Of course, you’d have to down several kilos of chocolate to feel the effects, but simply nibbling a few squares after dinner will help transform your mood from tense to toey.

4. Flaxseeds :

Downing just one tablespoon of flaxseeds a day helps increase testosterone production - and that’s the chemical with the most direct libido-boosting effect. Besides enhancing sex drive, these nutty-flavoured seeds contain essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, which are the major building blocks of all sex hormones. “If you don’t have enough fatty acids, your hormone levels may decrease and so your desire. Flaxseed oil has twice the omega acids of fish and two tablespoons of the seeds deliver 140 per cent of your recommended daily dose.

To kickstart your libido, either swallow one teaspoon of flaxseed oil or sprinkle a tablespoon of the seeds on your cereal and salads. Since both can spoil quickly, purchase oil in opaque bottles and seeds in vacuum-sealed packs, since they have longer shelf lives. If seeds aren’t your thing, then opt for walnuts, which contain about 90 per cent of your omega RDI.

5.Ginger :

This powerful root stimulates the circulatory system, increasing blood flow to the genitals. “Fresh ginger has a more pungent smell” than the stuff in a jar, Smelling ginger has a stronger effect on penile and vaginal blood flow than actually eating it. When a food or aroma raises blood pressure, vessels in the genitals admit a rush of blood that inflates erectile tissue. The vessels then close off, preventing blood from exiting the erogenous zones, keeping sensitivity levels high.

6.Honey :

This sticky sweetener contains simple carbohydrates that provide instant energy and fuel for working muscles. “Honey is rich in B vitamins, which are needed for testosterone production, and it contains boron, which helps the body metabolise and use oestrogen - an important part of blood flow and arousal. Use a few teaspoons as a natural sweetener in tea or spread it on toast with peanut butter.
7.Nutmeg & Cloves :

Researchers have found that nutmeg and clove, both from evergreen trees, bolster the sexual activity. Each stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system - helping the little critters, and you, relax - but the effects were greater with nutmeg. Just don’t eat too much of the magical spice, as it also has hallucinogenic properties . Just a sprinkle on your cappuccino or hot chocolate should do the trick. But as with chocolate, you’d have to eat a lot (about two tablespoons worth on an empty stomach) before the walls start melting.

8. Oysters :

Ancient Romans pegged this shellfish as a sex-spurring food, and they were definitely onto something. Oysters contain high levels of zinc, a mineral required for the production of testosterone. A team of researchers recently found that mussels, clams and oysters deliver two types of amino acids that spark a rush of sex hormones. Be sure to chew shellfish thoroughly before swallowing to extract more of the mojo-cranking mineral.

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