It is no accident that chocolate plays a major part on Valentine’s Day, when many people give chocolate as a gift to their beloved ones. This tradition stems from the close association between this precious ingredient and sensuality, thanks to the special invigorating and stimulating properties of cocoa beans. And that’s also why chocolate become the special leitmotiv of Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp attraction in the movie Chocolat!

Journal of Sexual Medicine  reveals that eating a square of dark chocolate every day makes you more inclined to have sex. Is it true? Chocolate enhances the sensual mood by raising the production of endorphines, natural opioids linked to good feelings, and of serotonin, which promotes relaxation and well-being.

And that’s not all… inside chocolate we find theobromine, which increases sexual desire and is a powerful central nervous system stimulator, and feniletilamin which is naturally produced by our brain and is bound to physical desire.

For thousands of years chocolate has been associated with sexuality: Aztec King Montezuma used to have a chocolate drink before his passionate encounter with one of his (many) wives.

Acording to a recent study carried out by gynaecologist Costante Donati and presented during the 1° Congress organized by Sifiog (Società Italiana Fitoterapici e Integratori in Ostetricia e Ginecologia) and Isdsp (International Society of Dietary Supplement and Phytotherapy), chocolate has a particularly powerful stimulating action on women, raising their desire and arousal.

So, what to do? Do not restrict your chocolate consumption only to Valentine’s Day…

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