In ancient times, aphrodisiacs were used as medicinal remedies, to increase fertility and to enhance male potency. Most of these "love potions" originate in myth and folklore; however some current scientific research actually supports their use.
Asparagus, instantly recognized by it's suggestive shape, has frequently been thought of as a natural aphrodisiac.
Asparagus, also happens to be high in vitamin E, which is one of the key sexual hormonal stimulants.
Once again, the banana's powerfully erotic shape, is partially responsible for the popularity of the banana as an aphrodisiac.
Islamic mythology claims that after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden Apple, embarrassed by their naked forms, they covered themselves with banana leaves instead of fig leaves.
In reality, bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are necessary for sex hormone production.
Chilies may actually heat up your sex life. The body's reaction to eating a chili is similar to the feelings you experience when having sex, such as an increased heart rate and sweating.
This reaction is due to an increase in circulation from a chemical called capsaicin; the substance that gives the "heat" to peppers, curries and other spicy foods.
Capsaicin works by stimulating nerve endings to release chemicals that raise the heart rate and may trigger the release of endorphins, which give you the pleasure of a natural high.
Chocolate was once associated with both the Aztec and the Mayan Gods of fertility. The Aztecs referred to chocolate as the "Nourishment of the Gods" and Montezuma, supposedly drank 50 cups of chocolate a day, hoping to strengthen his sexual performance.
Chocolate contains chemicals thought to effect the stimulant phenylethylamine, and the neurotransmitter serotonin, which are both "feel good" chemicals. They occur naturally in our bodies and are released by our brains when we are happy, feeling loving or passionate.
A related substance to caffeine, called theobromine, is also found in chocolate, it produces a stimulating effect, which is thought to be conducive to lovemaking.
Honey, in ancient Egyptian medicines, was thought to cure sterility and impotence.
Hippocrates even recommended honey to increase one's libido.
This "sweet liquid gold" is referenced in the rituals of love, all the way from the Bible to the Kama Sutra.
Some Hindu tradition, calls for the groom to eat honey on his wedding day.
In ancient Persia, couples drank mead, a fermented drink made from honey, everyday for a month after they married, in order to "sweeten" the marriage. This was known as the "honey month" or their "honeymoon".
Honey contains vitamin B6; needed for testosterone production,as well as boron, which helps the body metabolize and use estrogen. Honey also provides a slow and steady release of fructose, which aids in stamina and energy production.
Since the days of Aphrodite, oysters have been associated with all things sensual.
Legend tells of Casanova, the ultimate lover, eating dozens of oysters a day, to keep his ladies satisfied.
Oysters are high in protein and zinc, a mineral used in the production of testosterone. Recently, mussels, clams and oysters have been found to contain D-aspartic acid and NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate), compounds that may be effective in releasing sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen.