aphrodisiac asparagus

The aphrodisiac of asparagus

Is any question of this long, fibrous shaft’s ability to excite? It’s name shouldn’t just be asparagus, it should be aphrodisiac asparagus!

All kidding aside (or maybe not) The Vegetarian Society suggests that three straight days of asparagus nibbling produces the most aphrodisiac effect. The society also recommends hand feeding your lover this vegetable of passion.

It is true that three days of eating the popular spring vegetable may give you some strange-smelling urine. It’s the one reason I hear curious eaters balk at asparagus. But you do that in private (hopefully) so who is going to know?

The nutrients you need

The secret to aphrodisiac asparagus is in more than its shape. (Although it was probably appearance that first earned the vegetable its aphrodisiac reputation.) This pencil-shaped, spring vegetable is also packed with nutrients needed for healthy hormone production. Among it’s finest attributes is an injection of vitamin E. And E is not only essential for hormone production but is great for your skin. (Learn more about the health benefits and aphrodisiac potential of vitamin E.)

But vitamin E is not the only great vitamin you’ll get from these sexy green shafts. The compounds found in asparagus known as steroid glycosides have been studied quite a bit over the years for the ability to promote hormones affecting reproduction. Also worth consideration is the fact that asparagus is packed with fiber. One half-cup serving offers about 7% of your daily fiber intake. And, as I’ve mentioned before, fiber is important for your romantic life. In fact, it makes it into our 10 Steps to Sexy Diet. Lastly it is a source of folate, which is important for female reproductive health and the health of sperm.

Need a good asparagus recipe? This recipe for Hard Cooked Eggs in Brown Butter with Roasted Asparagus is one of my favorite springtime dishes.

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