the aphrodisiac history of blueberries
Blueberries have been a part of the American diet longer than American has been America. Native Americans ate and preserved them for a shot of sugar during the long winter months. And historically, every part of the blueberry bush was used for medicine.
For example, a tea made from blueberry leaves is said to purify the blood. Pressed into a juice, the berries help a chronic cough. The root was and still is used to help ease the pain women during childbirth.
Some nutritional facts about blueberries
Today we know what our earliest settlers didn’t; blueberry makes a great antioxidant food. In fact, these plump, little berries are among the greatest natural sources of antioxidants at our fingertips. Thanks to modern science, we now know why the early medicine man’s treatments worked so well. It’s now proven that the berries can help reduce inflammation, reduce cholesterol and potentially help regulate blood pressure. Discover why the antioxidants in blueberries help support fertility.
And while coughs and cholesterol are most decidedly not sexy, these berries also have their place in the sensual realm. Just ½ cup of blueberries per day are believed to increase energy and possibly even stamina. That’s because these berries have a fairly high quercetin content. And in studies, the quercetin in blueberries and other dark berries shows promise in helping muscles recover from exertion more quickly than they would on their own. .
Blueberries are rich in fiber and can banish bloating. (Find out more about why your sex life needs fiber.) They promote blood flow, thanks to those antioxidants–that’s key in games of the bedroom. And one of those antioxidants, resveratrol, shows promise not only in fighting heart disease but also premature aging.
Most interestingly, blueberries, (among other berries) have been linked with promoting the release of dopamine in the brain. An important neurotransmitter, dopamine is linked with cognitive and motor function. In other words, it can help with coordination, grace and precision of your every move. But more importantly, it’s associated with mood and how we feel pleasure. It also helps us to focus, to think and to plan. (You can see how all of this plays an essential role in games of seduction.)
So basically, blueberries will keep you youthful, energized, creative and planning. It will keep us in the mood for love and help us experience the pleasures of romance. And with the right intake of this wonder fruit, your blood will be pumping and you’ll have stamina to spare.
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