We know that pheromones are chemicals secreted by the body that influence the behavior of others of the same species. Apparently this also includes insects. Each persons (or animals/insects) pheromones are biologically different, and have a different effect on other people/animals/insects. Scientists believe that human sexual orientation and sexual attraction may be partially based on pheromones.
Humans produce pheromones called aphrodisiacs that affect the sexual behavior of other humans. Though each person produces pheromones with a unique chemical formula, there are certain foods that can affect human pheromones.
Chocolate has long been regarded as a romantic gift. Research indicates that chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a stimulant that causes a sense of excitement and well-being.
Asparagus is high in Vitamin E, which is believed to stimulate sex hormones. In ancient societies, asparagus was considered to be an erotic stimulant because of its phallic shape. Next Tuesday: Recipe for Asparagus Soup.
RED HOT Chili Peppers
Chilies contain capsaicin, the chemical that adds heat to peppers and other spicy foods. Capsaicin stimulates nerve endings and raises the heart rate, causing the release of endorphins.
Burly red wines, evoking the scents of leather, tobacco and earth, are said to act as aphrodisiacs. It is believed that the musky bouquet of red wine imitates male hormones.
The nutrients found in celery are believed to stimulate the pituitary gland, which releases sexual hormones. There is also some evidence to indicate that the scent of celery suggests androstenone, a primary male pheromone. In the Middle Ages, celery was advised as a treatment for impotence.
According to legend, Casanova ate oysters everyday, using them to seduce vestal virgins. Oysters are high in zinc, which is used to produce testosterone.
My order of preference for the above would be 1) Chocolate 2) Red Wine (1 + 2 preferably together) 3) Chili Peppers (but not raw) 4) Asparagus 5) Oysters (with wine) 6) Celery (preferably cooked or in a salad).
How about you?
Sources: Lane Madison, Discovery Health, CNN, Eat Something
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