Thursday, May 20, 2010

Chocolate Rx: Can Chocolate Cure Lackluster Libido?

By Cal Orey, The Writing Gourmet

Did you know?... A 1.5 ounce bar of quality chocolate has as much antioxidant power as a 5 ounce glass of wine?

Can chocolate be the cure to feeling sexy again? Some people think it can. "Chocolate is viewed as an aphrodisiac because it includes a plant substance that mimics human sex hormones. Part of the chocolate makeup hits the same brain pleasure centers as when we are happy, in love, or sexually aroused," explains sex expert Dr. Ava Cadell, in Los Angeles, California. "The brain also releases feel-good chemical such as serotonin that produces a eurphoric sensation."...
Thanks to phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance in chocolate, when you eat chocolate it also triggers that magical reation in your body--similar to that magical feeling of falling in love. And who can forget the legendary Italian lover Casanova and the Marquis de Sade, who allegedly turned to chocolate for a seduction ploy.

What Chocolate Cure to Use: Incorporate a small amount of dark chocolate (preferably 60 to 70 percent cocoa content) into your diet every day. The darker the chocolate and less sugar and less calories, the more you're apt to achieve results without unwanted weight gain, which can often make both men and women's sexual appetite plummet.
Why You'll Like It: You can count the ways why pairing chocolate and lovemaking will make you smile. Bot the forbidden fruit and sexual activity are good for the heart, spirit, and soul. Plus, health experts know there are health perks of lovemaking such as it can burn calories, induce sleep, calm you, and boost self-esteem. So, this spring -- a time when couples couple up -- why not double your pleasure during foreplay and the afterglow by sharing chocolate, the dark stuff that tastes rich and can arouse your sensual pleasures, too?

* Check out more hot cures to put to work in the new book The Healing Powers of Chocolate (Kensington, 2010).

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