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The food of love.

V-DAY is here and your head is probably spinning with romantic gestures to impress your other half.

Why not create a dinner packed full of Mother Nature's natural aphrodisiacs? Certain foods boost the immune system and are chock-full of vitamins that enhance our physical well-being and good looks.

Here David Friel, executive head chef at Glasgow's 29 private members club, dishes up his top ingredients for making your Valentine's Day hot and steamy - and we're not just talking about in the kitchen.

Oysters These shellfish are brimming with zinc, a mineral that cranks up the production of testosterone, which has been linked to a higher sex drive.

Pomegranates This fruit owes its passion power to antioxidants, which protect the lining of blood vessels, allowing more blood to course through them.

Avocados The vitamin E in this green fruit helps your body churn out hormones such as testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone, which circulate in your bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses.

Salmon and walnuts They're packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which keep hormone production at its peak. Pumpkin seeds and flax seeds also contain the good stuff.

Ginger This root has been used for centuries as a highly effective aid to digestion. But its classification as a natural aphrodisiac comes from its ability to increase circulation. Raw ginger increases sensitivity in the erogenous zones.

Hot chillies Capsaicin, a chemical found in fiery peppers, increases circulation to get blood pumping and stimulates nerve endings to help you get in the mood.

Vanilla Why not devour ice cream flavoured with this sweet bean for dessert? It mildly stimulates nerves, making sensations feel even better.

Chocolate Cocoa contains the chemical phenylethylamine, a stimulant that conjures subtle feelings of well-being and excitement.
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Date:Feb 14, 2013
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