Monday, September 15, 2014
Look no further than the produce section if lust is on the shopping list. Studies show that watermelon can have the same blood flow benefits as the wildly popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. According to scientists, watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels, and may even increase libido.
Watermelon contains an ingredient called citrulline. Citrulline reacts with enzymes to trigger the body's release of a chemical called arginine. The result of increased arginine levels is relaxed blood vessels, scientists at Texas A&M say the effect is similar Viagra. While citrulline is found in all parts of the watermelon, the rind is 60 percent richer in the ingredient. And even higher doses are found in yellow-fleshed watermelons.
Arginine is an amino acid that has beneficial effects on the heart and circulation system, and maintains a good immune system. Arginine also boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture study corroborates the claims saying watermelon can also help with angina, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems. It's a fantastic homeopathic supplement to medical treatment. Additionally, watermelon is packed with key nutrients like lycopene, beta carotene, and other phytonutrients that help combat free radicals in the body which leads to cancer.
One known side effects of too much watermelon intakes is its diuretic effect, not to mention all that water that might have a person running to the loo more frequently. It would take a lot of watermelon to increase the body's level of arginine, about six cups worth. Watermelon is also high in sugar which could affect those with blood sugar issues.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Are you suffering from low sexual confidence? Walnut may be a fruit for you to patronize. Some people have a constantly low libido, whereas others experience episodes of loss of libido. Walnuts are rich in protein, and high in potassium and other minerals such as zinc and iron. Because of this, it is being touted as an aphrodisiac. Besides this, the omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts are helpful in protecting the body from cardiovascular diseases by preventing erratic rhythms in the heart, making the blood less likely to clot inside the arteries, and improving the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.
Mounting scientific research shows the health benefits of walnuts. Walnuts are the healthy nut and go beyond lowering cholesterol. A new clinical study from the University of Barcelona shows that substituting walnuts for monounsaturated fat in a Mediterranean diet improves, and even restores, endothelial function (the property of arteries to dilate in order to meet an increased demand of blood). Walnuts also reduce harmful cell adhesion molecules which are associated with atherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries. These dual effects enhance the circulatory system, therefore aiding in the prevention of heart disease. According to the researchers, walnuts are the first whole food to show such cardiovascular benefits.
Walnuts are a complete aliment, and have a high energetic value: up to 6,500 calories per kilogram. This is due to their high content in polyunsaturated fats. They are also rich in iodine, they are considered good for preventing goiter caused by thyroid gland impairment and all hormonal unbalances associated with it.
Did you know that ancient Romans and other cultures threw walnuts instead of rice at weddings because they believed walnuts held aphrodisiac powers? Just recently, researchers announced they have produced a Viagra alternative from it too, the tablet called N-Hanz. The team of researchers at Universiti Malaya (UM) was able to unlock its potentials as a local alternative to Viagra. Prof. Kim Kah Hwi, who headed the team of researchers, said he was inspired to look into walnuts after reading about their use in history and so far 40 volunteers had tried the tablet containing walnut extract and responded positively. Prof. Kim said the new pill was comparable to Viagra as well as safe, although a person would have to consume about 3.3kg of walnuts for the same effect as one tablet. He said, it takes about an hour for the effects to set in and it will last for about four hours. Furthermore, because it is not a drug, he said it is safe for those with hypertension or diabetes, or (those) who have recently had heart by passes, adding that some of the volunteers had undergone bypass surgeries.
Prof Kim said the active ingredient was arginine, an amino acid that is absorbed into the body and converted into nitric oxide known to help to enlarge blood vessels and enhance blood flow to the penis. All these foods that have aphrodisiac properties are within easy reach, including walnut, and so low libido should no more be a dilemma.
Friday, September 12, 2014
You get tears when you peel it. And yes, the ancients believe that it’s an aphrodisiac. Since prehistoric times the onion has been considered an aphrodisiac. In the days of the Egyptian pharaohs, celibate priests were forbidden to eat onions because of its potential effects to raise their libidinous desires out of control. They are mentioned in many classic Hindu texts on the art of making love and were commonly used as an aphrodisiac in ancient Greece. Ancient Greeks believed that certain bitter edible bulbs (that includes garlic, and onion) stimulated passion. They were cooked in various ways, and eaten with “aphrodisiac salads” containing honey and sesame seeds. Also in France, newlyweds were served onion soup on the morning after their wedding night to restore their libido.
What is it that onions have to make them believe that it’s an aphrodisiac? For one thing, onions are rich in sulfur compounds, the one that turns us into tears when chopping it. These sulfur compounds have been shown to produce good anti-inflammatory effects. Because of this, some experts suggest that it might be good for treating cough and asthma.
Onions have the ability to reduce the stickiness of platelets and to decrease the thickness of the blood, which is good for blood circulation and can possibly reduce atherosclerosis. Because of this, some studies have proven that a healthy intake of onion will lead to a decreased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Other studies of onion consumption have also suggested that onions are good for lowering hypertension and high blood pressure. It also increases the body’s ability to produce amounts of insulin to lower blood sugar which is good for people with diabetes. Onion oil and its constituents are also known to kill various microbes which suggest that it might also be useful as an anti-microbial agent. Evidences in several clinical studies have also favored onion as an effective cancer prevention food.
Most human studies that have shown an effect from onions used at least 25 grams per day and often two to four times that amount. Though some studies have found cooked onions acceptable, several studies suggest that onion constituents are degraded by cooking and that fresh or raw onions are probably most active. So for better effect, try eating onions raw, if you can bear its taste.
And yes, since it’s really unbearable for some to eat it raw, here’s an onion recipe which you might find more appetizing:
6 tablespoons of olive oil
5 tablespoons of butter
2 ½ kilograms of finely chopped onions
4 laurel leaves
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of salt
½ cup of white wine
Mix the olive oil and the butter in a deep thick pot. Place it over the heat. Then add in the onions, half of the sugar, half of the salt and 2 laurel leaves. Cover the preparation with the rest of the onion, sugar, salt and laurel.
Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Cook until the onions are a golden color.
Add in the wine and stir the bottom of the pot to take advantage of the bits that stick, until the wine diminishes.
Serve hot with bovine meat, pork or roasted chicken.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Garlic (Allium sativum) is a perennial plant in the family Alliaceae and genus Allium, closely related to the onion, shallot, and leek. It grows in the wild in areas where it has become naturalised, but is thought to have originally arisen in cultivation, probably descended from the species Allium longicuspis, which grows wild in south-western Asia. Garlic has been used throughout all of recorded history for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Regarding its medicinal use, garlic proves to be one outstanding bulb. It prevents and fights common cold; diminishes platelet aggregation; lowers LDL-C (“low density lipoprotein” --- carries cholesterol); treats hyperlipidaemia; significantly inhibits atherosclerosis via its aged extract “kyolic”; protects and keeps the elastic properties of elderly people’s aortas; prevents complications by diabetes mellitus; has cancer-fighting properties; treats intestinal worms and other internal parasites; and remedies chest problems, digestive disorders, and fungal infections. Pretty numerous, eh? Thus, Galen eulogizes it as the "rustic's theriac" (cure-all).
In the times of Homer, Greeks ate garlic daily - with bread, as a condiment, or added to salads. It was the main ingredient in a garlic paste (a forerunner of today’s skordalia?) containing cheese, garlic, eggs, honey, and oil. Then, between the forth and first centuries B.C.E. many medical doctors, including Galen, the one stated earlier, and Hippocrates agreed that ingesting garlic would contribute to sexual potency. Fifteen centuries later Maimonides added his voice to this bit of folk wisdom. Although this theory is laughed at by most contemporary medical researchers, garlic remains the most popular aphrodisiac of modern day Greeks, especially those who inhabit the Ionian Islands. On Corfu, for example, widowers who marry are feted before the wedding with an assortment of dishes, all of which are heavily seasoned with garlic. There is even a priest living in the village of Kourkabedes who promises barren couples that chewing six raw heads of garlic each day will produce a child for them.
One research has also proven that garlic supplementation in rats along with a high protein diet has been shown to boost testosterone levels (of the rats, that is).
Basically, since it improves blood circulation and shows antibiotic properties, it has been generally accepted to be a potent aphrodisiac; but now it appears that an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is primarily responsible for the mechanism of erection. Studies have recently shown that garlic in certain forms can stimulate the production of NOS particularly in individuals who have low levels of this enzyme.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Almond (Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus, or Amygdalus communis) is a small deciduous tree belonging to the subfamily Prunoideae of the family Rosaceae; an almond is also the fruit of this tree. The plant is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus within Prunus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated seed shell.
The tree is a native of southwest Asia. The domesticated form can ripen fruit as far north as the British Isles. It is a small tree, growing to 4-9 m tall. The leaves are lanceolate, 6-12 cm long, and serrated at the edges. The flowers are white or pale pink, 3-5 cm diameter with five petals, produced before the leaves in early spring.
Almonds are rich in Vitamin E and are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, one of the two "good" fats responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol.
Almonds can help boost the sex drive. The kernel of Indian almond was not only shown to have aphrodisiac activity, it is also useful in the treatment of some forms of sexual inadequacies (premature ejaculation). Additionally, in Sicily, it is also used to make sweet liqueur and even almond-flavored wines, bought thought to be an aphrodisiac. In some cultures also, they are associated with passion and fertility. Their aroma is alleged to excite women and is therefore a common ingredient in creams and soaps; hence, in the bible, Samson courted Delilah with fragrant almond branches and was able to attract her.
Almond Aphrodisiac Soup:
Garnish: 1/4 cup fresh rasberries, crushed and lightly sugared
- 2 hard-cooked egg yolks
- 1 cup almonds, blanched and skinned
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup light cream
- 2 Tablespoons honey
Put nuts and egg yolks in the blender and chop fine. Slowly add the chicken stock, a spoonful at a time, until the ingredients make a fine paste. Continue blending on high speed as you slowly pour in the rest of the chicken stock and cream. Pour the contents into a saucepan and heat the soup very carefully on a low heat until it is hot and thick. It must never boil or it will curdle. Stir in the honey right before serving. Ladle into two bowls. Top each with spoonsful of the rasberry puree and serve immediately.