From all parts of the world, ancient wisdom passed on a message about aphrodisiacs in foods and spices, Romans believed in cinnamon and pepper, the Chinese in ginger and Indians sought nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and ginger to boost sexual health.

Scientifically an aphrodisiac is a drug or a food that excites sexual desire.

From Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios belonging to Aphrodite – the goddess of love and beauty, daughter of Zeus in Greek Mythology.

Such substances aimed to improve the quality of semen and breast milk in order to enhance procreation.

Today we all agree on how food can influence our mood, our energy, our sleep as well as our immune system strength. In the same way there are foods which enhance sexual moods. The main factor found in such food is the presence of amino acids which build up protein, main source of energy, thus needed to boost sexual activity as well.

When a Bodybuilder is recommended to have a protein shake before working out, a good pre-love meal should also contain a right amount of proteins and slow-carbohydrate to support endurance.

If you are a runner, you know about how important is a good pre-race meal. It must be made up with good and clean source of proteins(fish, eggs, tofu, grass fed meat) and a good intake of slow carbohydrates released food (Quinoa – brown rice – buckwheat – lentils – peas).

Healthy folate and zinc levels may also improve semen quality, Zinc being an essential mineral for cell’s growth and gene replication.

Here some rich folate and zinc food for you to try new recipes for Valentine’s day !

Artichokes, avocado, beets, as well as dark green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, dried legumes such as chickpeas, beans ( black eye peas) and lentils are naturally good sources of folate ( Vit B9).

Oyster, seafood, dark meat ( beef and lamb), cashew nuts as well as pumpkin seeds are also known to boost Libido due to their substantial content of Zinc.

So for St Valentines dinner enjoy this amazing, boosting and colourful Roasted Beetroot + Brown Lentil / Chick Pease Salad.

And… if wish you go for the total romance, add a dark Chocolate mousse for desert !

Chocolate has 2 chemicals – serotonin and phenylethylamine which act on the pleasure area of the brain to give a happy and positive feeling. It has been an ancient tradition in many cultures for years and is often associated with romantic love. One of the first links between chocolate and romance was established by the Mayans, who created a ritual beverage made from cocoa mixed with water, black pepper, vanilla and spices. Mayan brides and grooms shared the mixture during marriage ceremonies, and it is said to be associated with their god of fertility.

Graziella Chivallier
General Manager
Body With Soul Total Healthcare Network

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