Top 6 Aphrodisiac Foods Found in the Mediterranean Diet for Type 2 Diabetes

Aphrodisiacs are found in many Mediterranean Diet dishes. Humans have been searching for foods that boost libido, sexual function, and satisfaction...

Aphrodisiacs are found in many Mediterranean Diet dishes. Humans have been searching for foods that boost libido, sexual function, and satisfaction since the dawn of time. But what are aphrodisiacs? Aphrodisiac foods can enhance sexual arousal or desire and put you in an amorous mood. 

Aphrodisiacs and ancient love potions were popular among ancient Greeks, who employed a variety of fruits, herbs, and other delicacies in their formulations. The word "aphrodisiac" comes from the ancient Greek goddess of love Aphrodite.

Those who want to use the power of ancient Greek love potions don't have to embark on a quest for rare ingredients. Six of the most popular Mediterranean aphrodisiacs, which have been used for millennia, may still be found in your local grocery.

Saffron

Saffron entices the senses in more ways than one, thanks to its unique color and flavor. Due to its unique qualities, this exquisite substance can even spice up your love life. Saffron was employed as an aphrodisiac in Ancient Greece and was supposed to heighten sensual desire, especially in women.

In addition, saffron's aphrodisiac properties are now proven scientifically, they are not just a myth [1]. It even outperforms some synthetic stimulants designed to stimulate libido.

Saffron's natural active components can aid with impotence as well as re-energizing exhausted love birds. And with the extra benefit of avoiding typical synthetic side effects including migraines, cramps, cardiovascular or cognitive issues, as well as dangerous drug interactions.

Saffron has been related to a number of different health benefits that are yet to be thoroughly investigated:

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • May reduce blood sugar levels.
  • Adults with age-related macular degeneration may benefit from consuming saffron(AMD).
  • Adults with Alzheimer's disease may benefit from consuming saffron.

Artichokes

Artichokes have traditionally been thought to be an aphrodisiac. The story in Greek mythology narrates that Zeus was responsible for the creation of the artichoke. After he's been rejected by a beautiful young woman, the god turned his object of affection into a thorny and difficult thistle.

Folklore has given artichokes a long history as an aphrodisiac. For women, it was taboo to eat artichokes in the 16th century. It was even forbidden due to artichokes' aphrodisiac properties, they were just for men. They didn't think women would appreciate a brief burst of sexual energy at the time.

Artichokes are high in potassium and sodium salt, both of which are beneficial to the cardiovascular system. You can experience the tactile delight of touching your food while you eat artichokes. To get to the finest part of the Artichoke, the heart, you take the leaves off the bloom, undressing it as you eat.

While most people like the heart of the artichoke, the leaves are where the majority of the artichoke's health benefits are found, especially for people with type 2 diabetes. 

The benefits of eating artichokes are:

  • Helps balance bad cholesterol
  • Helps balance blood pressure
  • Improved digestion
  • Maintains good liver health

Lentils

Lentils may not appear seductive, but the protein and iron-rich legumes can increase your sexual appetite. Anemia is more common in women, especially during pregnancy and menopause. Low iron levels lead you to feel weary, lethargic, and uninterested in having sex. Additionally, lentils boost kidney health and stimulate the adrenal system. Adrenal gland health is essential for a good sexual life.

People who want to preserve their vigor should eat legumes like lentils, according to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Those suffering from sexual dysfunction should eat a variety of legumes according to Hippocrates. Furthermore, the Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that lentil beans with saffron were necessary for keeping a man's libido active and in top shape.

One cup of lentils has 15 grams of iron. Regularly including them in your diet will help you:  

  • Recover from anemia
  • Gain energy
  • Boost your libido

Truffles/mushrooms

Truffles are well-known as one of the best aphrodisiacs on the planet. Although we know they've been thought to be aphrodisiacs since ancient Greece and Rome, we don't know where that reputation came from.

There are numerous types, including black truffles, white truffles, summer truffles, and garlic truffles, each having subtle distinctions in flavor, look, and price. It is now well acknowledged that their rarity contributes to their attractiveness. Truffles, which are technically fungi with a symbiotic association with particular tree roots, are only found in a few locations across the world. And, the fact is that their fragrance is one of the most seductive aphrodisiacs for the human sense of smell.

Black truffles are a delicacy that contains androstenol, a natural female pheromone that has been linked to enhanced sexual desire in men in some studies. 

Truffles are incredibly nutritious and have been connected to a number of potent health advantages in addition to their rich flavor, pungent fragrance, and aphrodisiac properties. Eating truffles has a variety of health benefits, including decreasing cholesterol and delaying premature aging [2].

Truffles are abundant in antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of chronic disease, slow cancer cell growth, and reduce inflammation. Truffles are also high in fiber, which makes them beneficial to digestion. This is a fantastic way to keep your gut in good shape. Truffles' high soluble fiber content has been linked to lower cholesterol and improved heart health. It can also aid in blood sugar regulation.

Mint

The fresh, sensual fragrance of mint makes it such a potent aphrodisiac. Mint contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that are important for sexual health, including vitamin A, C, and a trace of vitamin B2. Magnesium, calcium, and potassium are also found in this fragrant herb. Mint also has the power to soothe both the mind and the body, which is one of my favorite benefits.

Peppermint-based products may also help you spice up the atmosphere in the bedroom. This simple, quick way to increase stimulation will appeal to women. The chilling effect of mint intensifies and enhances physical pleasure.

Oysters 

Oysters have long been considered an aphrodisiac, or food that stimulates desire. Its origins can be traced all the way back to the Romans. Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, a famous Italian romantic of the Enlightenment Age, was known to consume them for breakfast to stimulate his libido. He wrote chapters about seduction, oysters, and attracting women. The Glorious Oyster (1929), by author Hector Bolitho, glorified the oyster as a sexual rite of passage. 

There are numerous examples of oysters being a turn-on in today's society too. And according to scientific studies oysters are undeniably aphrodisiacs because they contain specific amino acids that boost sex drive in both women and men. More importantly, oysters are an essential component of a romantic meal. 

We have five senses in total. Taste is a distinct sense, yet it is influenced substantially by the other senses. Your food will taste better in a romantic atmosphere, with music, candlelight, and perhaps a good view. When you combine these elements with oysters, the odds will be in your favor.

Oysters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and their saline, savory meat is prized around the world. Despite their reputation as aphrodisiacs, these mollusks have a lot to offer in terms of health advantages. High-protein diets containing oysters may help individuals with type 2 diabetes lose weight, increase insulin sensitivity, and lower heart disease risk factors.

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References

[1]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6727438/#:~:text=In%20one%20study%2C%20saffron%20was,al.%2C%202013%20%E2%96%B6).

[2] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1319562X16000334