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Sex and the Seawolf: Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

SNSIt is Valentine’s season. Stores are setting up the best chocolate deals, restaurants are opening up more reservations and jewelry stores are practically throwing their diamonds out of their cases. Romance blooms more during this time than any other holiday. But if you are looking for a boost in romantic intrigue between you and your partner, consider trying aphrodisiacs for the special occasion.

Aphrodisiacs are items thought to have special properties that give the user a fuller sense of sexual appetite and pleasure. The term “aphrodisiac” comes from the same root as the name of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

Many people are skeptical of the power of natural aphrodisiacs because they sound like a form of wizardry or magic. However, science suggests that there is something to be said about their effectiveness.

A popular symbol in the aphrodisiac family is the oyster. Why do people associate oysters with lovemaking?

According to a Huffington Post article by Julie Thomson, oysters contain a high amount of zinc, which increases the libido and sperm production in those who consume it. Oysters are also “rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones,” according to an article about oyster aphrodisiacs in The Telegraph by Adam Lusher.

Through experimentation, scientists noted that oyster consumption increases both testosterone in men and progesterone in women, which in turn increase sexual appetite.

If someone wants to have a passionate night filled with lovemaking, the consumption of the magical mollusk is worth a shot.

Those who are allergic to shellfish, fret not — there are many other kids of aphrodisiacs that may also turn the night around.

Since stores are increasing their deals on chocolate, take those deals. Chocolate is known to be another type of aphrodisiac. Chocolate triggers an increased amount of dopamine in the human body. Dopamine, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration, is a neurotransmitter that helps stimulate feelings of pleasure in the human brain. This is why when people upset over a breakup often have a box of chocolates on the side. So when you are having dinner on that special night, make sure to grab a slice of chocolate fudge cake.

Oysters and chocolate are only two popular Aphrodisiacs. There are many more to explore. You never know what can trigger your next sexual activity.

Just make sure you brush your teeth afterward, then enjoy the ride.

Written by Vicente Capala

My name is Vicente Capala. I am now a sophomore here at UAA under the Associate of the Arts degree. I am the multimedia editor at the Northern Light in charge of videos and slideshows for various stories and events. I love to take photos and am hoping to move to Canada or New York one day to study film!