Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean you should let your love life slide. In fact, you really shouldn’t. If it has already, then perhaps it’s time to top it up with a few aphrodisiacs. No, we don’t mean a medical prescription either – you can buy a host of natural aphrodisiacs at the grocery store. They’re anything that gets you in the mood – like super hot sauces. Just note that the word is spelled with a PH, not an F (which might just change that completely). It’s derived from the Greek Goddess of love and sex – Aphrodite.
Common Food Aphrodisiacs
Some aphrodisiacs have zero effect on the body physically. However, some have been so long associated with luxury or sexiness, that it’s impossible for the brain to ignore the effect they have. It may be completely unfounded, but if the brain believes it, then it will tell your body to react in certain ways.
There are, however, some foods (like super hot sauces) which do affect the body physically (and physiologically). But, as long as your brain believes it, that’s really all you need.
Seafood – With the exception of oysters, the idea of seafood as an aphrodisiac is largely a myth. And we do mean the granddaddy of all myths – the Greek kind. Because Aphrodite was born at sea, and everything around her was something to desire, seafood scored on the basis of association. (Now, if you were to douse it with some Mad Dog super hot sauce, then it would be an aphrodisiac.)
Wine – It’s not technically a food, but wine is just one of those inescapable pairings. And, to some extent it is an aphrodisiac. Given a little bit of alcohol, your brain’s inhibition standards are compromised – and your blood thins so it pumps more quickly through the body. Given too much wine, the body becomes lethargic (and worse).
Chocolate – This isn’t likely to be an aphrodisiac, no matter how many expensive chocolates we dole out on Valentine’s Day. But, because of the way it was introduced into the courts of Europe in the 1500s (when, incidentally, morality wasn’t what it is today) it’s always been associated with luxury and sensuality. And, remember, if your brain believes it then it must be true.
Capsaicin Is Truly an Aphrodisiac
Capsaicin is a compound found in the flesh of chili peppers. The more capsaicin a pepper has, the hotter it is. Super hot sauces are hotter because of the amount (and the ratio) of capsaicin found in the bottle. And, yes, capsaicin is a true aphrodisiac – even though it’s not typically perceived as a sexy food.
Super hot sauces are rarely given as gifts to woo a potential lover (though we think this should change), but they will get your body physically in the mood. The sensations super hot sauce creates within the body are not “brain lies” either. (Well, sort of, but that’s a complicated story.) Capsaicin interacts with your body physically, increasing your heart rate and providing you with a super rush of endorphins (that last a long time after the initial burn has subsided).
But that’s not all. The capsaicin in super hot sauces is good for heart heath as it helps to break down bad cholesterol and open blood vessels. It’s also a natural pain reliever and helps super hot sauce lovers to control their weight. That’s all super sexy, don’t you think?
So, when you next need to tempt your lover, maybe it’s time to turn towards a bottle of super hot sauce (might we suggest the Original Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce or the new Mad Dog Reaper Sriracha Hot Sauce?) It’s a natural aphrodisiac. And, if super hot sauce alone doesn’t do it for you, how about a seafood meal with a few drops of Mad Dog, accompanied by wine and rounded off with chocolate. You’ll certainly be safe that way (well, perhaps safe is the wrong word to use, but we’ll leave safety up to you).