If you're not in the mood for bedroom action, an aphrodisiac might be a good idea. Aphrodisiacs are said to work in a multitude of ways, by stimulating one or more of the five senses: taste, sight, touch, smell and sound. This makes perfect sense - as the enduring appeal of mood-boosters such as wine, strawberries, candlelight, fragrance, music, chocolate, silk and even the scent of basil attests. So, what quick fixes really can fire up desire on demand? And are there long-term lifestyle changes and diets that can boost libido over a lifetime?
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Background: The brain plays a crucial role in the decision to eat, integrating multiple hormonal and neural signals. A key factor controlling food intake is selective satiety, ie, the phenomenon that the motivation to eat more of a food decreases more than does the motivation to eat foods not eaten. Objective: We investigated the effect of satiation with chocolate on the brain activation associated with chocolate taste in men and women. Design: Twelve men and 12 women participated. Subjects fasted overnight and were scanned by use of functional magnetic resonance imaging while tasting chocolate milk, before and after eating chocolate until they were satiated. Results: In men, chocolate satiation was associated with increased taste activation in the ventral striatum, insula, and orbitofrontal and medial orbitofrontal cortex and with decreased taste activation in somatosensory areas.
By: Gallagher Flinn. Humans have always linked sex and food. Since the dawn of time, we've been experimenting with dietary supplements to amp up our sex drive. Some foods, like wine and oysters, have a pretty good record though you can probably attribute the success of these two to the alcohol and suggestive shape.
Food and sexuality have been associated in various ways throughout history. Foods such as chocolate and oysters are said to be aphrodisiacs. Food items are also used metaphorically in slang sexual terminology and poetry. Some foods are considered sensual for their appearance, texture and taste.