Let’s Talk About Sex
'“Essentially, what’s good for your heart is good for better sex,” declares Steven Lamm, M.D., a faculty member at New York School of Medicine, and author of The Hardness Factor: How to Achieve Your Best Health and Sexual Fitness at Any Age.' (Eat Your Way to Better Sex, WebMDMen)
Cacao has been recognized as an aphrodisiac for many years. That much is clear. Why exactly it has this effect on us is a little more complex. You see, cacao doesn't have just one go to move when it comes to love making. No. It uses all of its tools.
First, cacao starts out gently stimulating your heart using its theobromine. As your heart begins to pump harder, it thrusts more blood throughout your body with the help of cacao's antioxidant flavanols. These flavanols massage your blood vessels, loosening them up so that theobromine can widen them, ultimately allowing for more blood to rush through to the most intimate and important parts of your body.
But we all know that the best sex happens when the mind is fully stimulated as well. That's why cacao always brings a few mood boosters to the party. Enter the neurotransmitters phenylethylamine, serotonin and anandamide. Phenylethylamine has been dubbed the "love drug" for its ability cause your pulse to quicken while also helping to stimulate the production of endorphins, the brain’s ‘feel-good’ hormone. Serotonin is known as a natural anti-depressant and helps to improve our mood and ability to fend off stress and relax. And finally, anandamide has been found to synthesize areas of the brain that are vital to memory, motivation, higher thought processes and movement control. It also plays a pivotal role in pain, appetite and fertility.
So, next time you're craving some intimacy with the person you love most, open up a bottle of cold brew cacao and let the love flow.