Getting in the mood with the right foods
BY MICHAEL ROIZEN AND MEHMET OZ www.doctoroz.com July 3, 2012 9:43AM
Updated: August 5, 2012 6:06AM
Q. My husband’s 40th birthday is approaching. I want to prepare a special dinner for him. I’m a bit embarrassed to ask, but are there any foods that are aphrodisiacs?
A. The power to provoke sensual sensations, on the spot, as you eat something well, that’s mostly going on between the ears. Your brain, it turns out, is your biggest sex organ. That means flavors, textures and smells can be provocative. And all kinds of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, are essential for robust sexual function in both men and women. So for your dinner, we suggest you cook up some:
Flavors and smells with zing: Try using citrus fruits such as clementines, oranges and lemons for flavoring. They’re proven to delight. Lemon chicken, anyone?
A dash of romantic relaxation: Vanilla soothes; chocolate produces joy. Perhaps you could use these ingredients to serve up a mole sauce or, of course, dessert.
The sexiest spices: Red ginseng (filled with arousing ginsenosides) and saffron (may improve blood pressure and mood) take the prize. Consider an exotic Korean ginseng chicken soup or tasty saffron-infused paella.
The color of passion: Men find women sexier if they wear red, so why not dress up yourself and food in that color? A tomato-avocado salad with a dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and chopped fresh basil will do the trick. (The Aztecs called avocados testicles, so you go figure!)
My great-aunt can tell me long stories about her childhood, but can’t remember what day it is. Sometimes she doesn’t recognize me when I first see her. Is it Alzheimer’s or dementia, and what’s the difference anyway?
A. Memory loss in old age often comes from Alzheimer’s in combination with other forms of dementia, such as multi-infarct dementia — dementia triggered by mini-strokes — and dementia associated with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, or with circulatory problems such as atherosclerosis. Alzheimer’s is implicated in 50 percent of all old-age dementia cases.
Most forms of dementia can be postponed or prevented, with smoking cessation and a lifelong commitment to physical activity, healthy food choices and portion sizes, stress management and having friends and a passion in life.
Dementia may be reversed if it’s due to nutritional deficiencies, like lack of vitamin B-12, or from infections, interactions between medications or immune disorders. Alzheimer’s may be managed; medications may slow its progression and ease symptoms. Breakthrough treatments may be around the corner!
But right now the most important thing you can do to help your great aunt is to get the proper diagnosis. She’s lucky to have you looking out for her.
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