We often discuss which Vi products and foods can help speed up your metabolism, or give you more energy, or support heart health. All wonderful attributes. But there are other kinds of benefits you can experience from eating certain healthy foods, too. So here’s a topic we’ve yet to tackle: aphrodisiacs.
For all intents and purposes, the word refers to substances that can increase our libido. But did you know the word itself is derived from the Greek word aphrodisiakon, which means “pertaining to Aphrodite, goddess of love?”
A classic edible aphrodisiac should be consumed orally and can take effect in as soon as minutes. This got us thinking about what we like to eat, in addition to our daily Vi-Shape Shakes and Vi Crunch. Now who wants to plan a menu that can support your Challenge goals and turn up the heat this holiday weekend!? Yep, in light of Valentine’s Day, we’re going there.
Can’t Argue with Science
According to Dr. Michael Hall, a board certified anti-aging specialist out of Miami Beach, “This concept [of aphrodisiacs] is really entirely based upon science, as traditionally it is known some foods possess chemical properties that could increase pheromones and heighten our interest… and others may indirectly boost testosterone or estrogen levels, thereby increasing human sex drive.”
Oysters are pretty much the most infamous aphrodisiac. They’re high in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility. “Oysters offer a lean source of protein to help give you energy all night long and, in addition to offering the body zinc, which helps blood flow and nourish sperm, there’s scientific evidence that an amino acid found in oysters may directly raise sexual hormone levels,” explains Hall.
Bananas contain potassium and vitamin B to elevate energy levels, as well as bromelain, which is an enzyme that Dr. Hall says triggers testosterone production. And what goes great with bananas? Chocolate! Like in Vi Bites Chocolate Monkey.
Honey is made through pollination and secretions of many fertile bees while “worshipping their queen.” We know this much. But do you know where the word honeymoon originates? It’s said to date back to the 5th century, when cultures used moon cycles to represent their calendar. Back then, a new bride and groom would drink Mead (a honey-based alcoholic elixir thought to have aphrodisiac properties) during their first moon of marriage. Honey also contains boron, which can help regulate estrogen and testosterone levels.
Dr. Hall says, “This peppery tasting plant has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D.” He says that the bite of the aromatic leaf can get some people “in the mood” and that, “the minerals and antioxidants found in dark leafy greens like arugula have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that can negatively harm libido.”
Olives and olive oil are packed with antioxidants. Both have been used in healthy diet regimens for centuries. In some Greek cultures, it’s believed that olives can make men more virile. “Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, smooth blood flow and stable hormone production… all needed to keep the brain, prostate and [other male parts]in good shape,” clarifies Hall.
Little pomegranate seeds are filled with tangy sweet antioxidants, which can support blood flow and clear thought. We’re told that a study by The Male Clinic in California found that drinking pomegranate juice could even be a good alternativefor men who could otherwise benefit from the little blue pill. Pomegranate is one of the 8 superfoods found in Vi-Defy.
We make no promises, as we are merely the messenger. But if you do decide to put any of the above suggestions to a test, we hope it’s a good time… and by all means, let us know how it goes. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Single’s Awareness Day or President’s Day – have fun and be safe out there! ; )