Earlier this week, in anticipation of National Wine Day today, we published our article, Celebrate National Wine Day on May 25th. It highlights the significance of Wine Day and the love affair the media suggests women have with it. Research shows that women enjoy the calming effect of wine after a busy day. But, other than the usual relaxing of inhibitions, can wine also function as an aphrodisiac?
Beyond the Obvious… Why Drink Wine?
Yes, wine hits all the right spots and is the perfect accompaniment to many a moreish meal but what are the actual health benefits to drinking wine? In the article earlier this week we touched on some of these but let’s delve a little deeper.
Dietary guidelines advise 1 glass of wine per day for women, and 2 for men, will help protect hearts. More specifically there is a 30% reduction in the risk of heart disease amongst those who drink wine in these amounts versus those who don’t.
Moderate wine consumption has also been found to reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes. A 30% to 40% reduction in risk of type-2 diabetes is yet another reason to have one glass of wine per day.
It has been thrown around that red wine is better for your health than other alcoholic drinks. It is true that, due to the way it is produced, red wine contains more Resveratrol (polyphenol, a plant chemical with antioxidant properties) than, say, white wine. However it does not contain enough to have more of an impact than other food that you consume. Compared to the amounts of Resveratrol found in apples, tea, and even dark chocolate, the amount found in red wine is negligible.
Compared to other alcoholic drinks, wine is a lightweight when it comes to the number of calories the average glass contains. It is worth noting that the calories in wine (except for sweet dessert wines) come from the alcohol content. So the higher the alcohol content the more calories you’ll have to burn off at the gym.
If calories are a concern for you, you might try switching to white wine or rosé for the lower calorie count. Although these do naturally contain more sugar the amount is not enough to outweigh the difference in calorie count.
Common, and not so common, Aphrodisiacs
There is a range of foods and drinks that instantly come to mind when we think of aphrodisiacs. You know, the usuals such as oysters, coffee, chocolates, walnuts… wait, what? Walnuts? Yes, walnuts. I didn’t know it but apparently red wine also has a place on that list. Armed with my newfound knowledge I thought I’d list some food and drinks that are supposed to be aphrodisiacs.
Perhaps you can put this list to good use the next time you’re planning a romantic evening.
As mentioned above, red wine contains resveratrol. This helps your arteries maintain flexibility which in turn helps with blood flow and keeps it all pumping to the right areas when you need it most!
These contain vitamin C and potassium but cherries are also good providers of anthocyanins which help to power the libido.
Strawberries are packed full of vitamin C which is great for producing sex hormones and stimulating neurotransmitters to increase libido.
Walnuts and Almonds
Chock full of omega-3, and other fatty acids, walnuts and almonds can help with hormone production. Furthermore, almonds have been known to arouse women by their scent alone.
Another item that stirs up passion by the aroma it gives out is vanilla.
Good quality honey contains boron which is important in regulating nitric oxide which opens blood vessels and allow blood to flow to those sensitive regions. Boron also helps with hormone levels.
These also help with increasing blood flow to parts of the body and help to prevent plaque from accumulating in the arteries.
These aren’t just for grand slam tennis players to maintain energy levels. They’re also amazing aphrodisiacs for grand slam sex superstars like you. Not only do they help to keep up your energy but, naturally containing the bromelain enzyme, they help increase the male libido.
You may not have heard of this one before but asparagus is a top aphrodisiac since it contains vitamin E and high levels of potassium. Vitamin E helps with blood flow while potassium helps with energy and sex hormone production.
Let’s finish on a classic aphrodisiac. Oysters are packed with zinc and dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that stimulates desire from the brain while zinc is important for the production of sperm and testosterone.
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