Chocolate has been revered by many for centuries. It’s a versatile food that not only tastes good, but is known for its medicinal properties, one of them being its sexual enhancing capabilities. In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Dr. Andrea Salonia and colleagues examined whether chocolate’s properties served as an effective aphrodisiac that increases sexual desire and enhances sexual pleasure. The study was conducted among a sample of 163 women and found that chocolate can have a psychological and/or biological positive impact on women’s sexuality. The results of the study showed that sexual function scores among younger women who ate chocolate were higher than among those who did not. Dr. Afoakwa of the University of Strathclyde in the UK also studied the sexual benefits of chocolate. The researcher concluded that chocolate releases phenylethulamine (a neurotransmitter with a stimulant effect) and serotonin into the body, thus producing aphrodisiac and mood-enhancing effects. It is important to note that chocolate with high concentrations of cocoa (such as dark chocolate) yields the best health results.
I don’t know if chocolate really helps my libido but it makes me happy, which puts me in a good mood that my husband can take advantage of. —Selena D., El Paso, TX
Ultimately, good nutrition impacts your whole body and all of its functions. Therefore, the better you eat, the better your sexual health will be. Besides following a healthy diet, it is also important to manage stress, get plenty of restorative sleep, drink lots of water, limit sugars and simple carbs, and exercise regularly to maintain optimum body function and sexual health. But now that you know that there are certain foods out there that can boost your sex drive and performance, eating right may have added benefits. So go ahead, eat for better health and better sex! All of a sudden, eating that piece of dark chocolate doesn’t feel so guilty, does it?