10 Melhores alimentos para levantar a libido

10 Best Foods for Lifting Libido
Romantic Foods
Are aphrodisiacs real? Do they really have the power to induce amorous moods and lift the libido? History and cultures around the world support to the idea, but we think you do not have to be a believer to have fun with romantic foods. Spice things up with capsaicin, indulge in the earthy, musky deliciousness of a truffle, feed your lover evocative asparagus tips and also find out which fruit is considered nature's Viagra!
Note: The numbering is merely to list the post.

1. Asparagus
Asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman"
Mankind's love affair with this member of the Lily family dates back hundreds of years. Asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman," wrote English herbalist Nicholas Culpepper in the seventeenth century. Whereas in nineteenth-century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinner, apparently for a good reason: asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm for both sexes.

2. Almonds
We've been seduced by almonds since biblical times, when Samson wooed Delilah with these tasty nuts
We are nuts about almonds! The aroma of almonds supposedly arouses passion in females or so thought the poets and scribes of bygone eras. French writer Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Count of Monte Cristo, dined on almond soup every night before meeting his mistress. And Samson wooed Delilah with these tasty morsels, which lower cholesterol and provide abundant doses of vitamin E, magnesium and fiber to improve your general well-being. So you can keep going, and going, and going...

3. Avocado
Catholic priests in Spain were once banned from eating the obscene-looking treat
Avocados are va-va-voom! But despite their voluptuous and feminine shape (here's a Rorschach question: without the pit, an avocado resembles a ... ?), they have been associated with male sexuality. In fact, the Aztecs' name for the avocado tree was Ahuacuatl, "testicle tree." And indeed, we can agree with the ancients who thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled a dude's "crown jewels." But not everyone was cool with the idea. The Spanish, in fact, found avocados so obscenely sexy, that Catholic priests prohibited their consumption. Be sure to load up on the nutrient-rich fruit (guacamole, anyone?). While the creamy, cancer-fighting goddess packs in the calories, it's also high in folic acid, vitamin B6, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids and oleic acid, which fights "bad" cholesterol. Yes, the green-skinned delight is high in fat, but guys, you need fat for your body to make testosterone!

4. Truffles
White truffles are the diamonds of the kitchen according to the great gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
A celebrated aphrodisiac since the times of ancient Rome, the truffle emits an aroma said to be irresistible to the female persuasion — at least to female pigs. Sows are traditionally used to hunt these delicacies, because the animals go after a pheromonal compound in the truffles' scent called androstenone, which is similar to male sweat. That's why this scent also works on humans — although for some it is too strong to be appealing, while a small portion of the population can't smell androstenone at all. However, for most — male or female — the indulgence in a truffle, whether black or white, is among the most alluring culinary experiences in the world. There is no better way to sum up the sensuality of the truffle than with the words of the great gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin,  "Truffle. As soon as the word is spoken, it awakens lustful and erotic memories among the skirt-wearing sex and erotic and lustful memories among the beard-wearing sex. This honorable parallelism comes not only from the fact that this esteemed tuber is delicious, but also because it is still believed to bring about potency, the exercise of which brings sweet pleasure."

5. Chile Peppers
The capsaicin in chile peppers causes an enticing plumping of the lips
Chile peppers score near the top of love’s leader board. Their ability to release endorphins can cause a boost in mood and surge in energy as good as a runner’s high. Chile’s heat warms the body from the inside out, and has the potential for sending an urge to tear off clothing. Capsaicin, the compound that causes chile’s burn, will make the tongue tingle with a need to be kissed and cause lips to swell with desirable plumpness. Most famously, chile was used as a key ingredient in the fortifying chocolate drink the great ruler Montezuma consumed to make his tongue dance and his pulse quicken in preparation for his daily visit to his beautiful concubines.

6. Chocolate
Take a bite of serotonin-boosting chocolate to get in the mood
Why does eating chocolate make us so happy? It's a chemical thing. The "food of the gods" contains theobromine, a stimulating alkaloid similar to caffeine. Chocolate also helps the brain produce feel-good serotonin. Be sure to indulge in the dark variety — it contains incredible amounts of antioxidants, whereas milk chocolate is just that: milk and sugar with trace amounts of cocoa.

7. Watermelon
Watermelon is now known as nature's Viagra
Thanks to recent research by the Fruit & Vegetable Improvement Center (a part of the Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences), watermelon is now known as nature's Viagra. A phytonutrient found in the fruit called citrulline has the power to relax blood vessels in a manner similar to prescription erectile dysfunction mediation. For this reason, watermelon is also referred to as the man's aphrodisiac. The citrulline in watermelon is found in highest concentration in the white part of the flesh, so anyone looking for a little boost might want to develop a taste for pickled watermelon rind. As an added bonus to the male sexual system, watermelon is one of the world's finest sources of lycopene. While lycopene is best known for supporting heart health, it is also beneficial to the functioning of the prostate. Although talk of men's health may not conjure up visions of romance, the juicy, pink flesh of watermelon speaks for itself in the sensuality department. Hand-feed your lover morsels of sweet watermelon and let science do its work while you savor the moment.

8. Figs
Cleopatra loved this fruit, considered by the Greeks to be more precious than gold
Said to be Cleopatra's favorite food, the sweet, purple fruits are sexy in both appearance and texture. For obvious reasons, they've been a synonym in erotic literature for female sexual organs. To the ancient Greeks, they were "more precious than gold" and many cultures associated figs with fertility.

9. Goji Berry
There's a reason goji berries are called 'happy berries' in China
These tiny, nutrition-rich fruits are known as "happy berries" in China, where they are held in high regard for their aphrodisiac powers. It is in this nation that the berries are most often found, worked into both savory and sweet dishes and even used as the base of wine. However, as word of goji berries’ nutritional prowess spreads, they are becoming increasingly available around the world. It is now known that goji berries offer a higher concentration of beta carotene than most fruits. Also, clinical tests have shown their potency for treating metabolic syndrome, a precursor to erectile dysfunction.

10. Oysters
Oysters are the classic aphrodisiac - Casanova at 50 a day!
These mouthwatering mollusks are the classic aphrodisiac. And, there's research to support it: raw oysters are very high in zinc, which raises sperm and testosterone production, thus increasing libido. Like some fish, oysters contain omega-3 fatty acids, considered to increase one's overall well-being and even fight depression. They are also a source of dopamine. No wonder Casanova ate 50 raw oysters every day.

Source: http://www.gayot.com

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