So, you raised a hand.
Great! That means, to you, it is evident that not everything is black and white when it comes to aphrodisiacs and ”love food” rumors. It’s actually somewhat greyish.
You’re about to learn all about it.
What is an aphrodisiac?
Throughout centuries, people have been on the hunt for an efficient aphrodisiac—an agent that evokes (or is thought to evoke) sex drive.
People search for aphrodisiac substances to increase their libido (sexual desire), potency, or pure sexual pleasure. Considering that general health and vitality impact sexual functioning, it’s not unexpected that sexual dysfunction is on the rise in America, given the rate of obesity (which obviously negatively affects overall health).
Many allegedly aphrodisiacs are high in components that enhance cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory action, and androgen levels, all of which are essential elements in sexual function. Other foodstuffs contain ”good” ingredients—like capsaicin in hot peppers, which improves physical sensations, antioxidants in fruits such as cherries (and others), which boost blood circulation. Some, such as oysters, asparagus, and figs, mimic our very private parts.
Much other food, usually referred to as aphrodisiacs, have a placebo effect (you believe they will function, so they do). Some are far riskier to consume than they are potentially beneficial—but more on this later.
Now, let’s first see what some widely popular aphrodisiac foods are.
Coincidentally, words ’’exotically’’ and ’’erotically’’ rhyme, and certain exotic foods are called aphrodisiac simply because they are exceedingly expensive and difficult to get.
Some of the listed foods are popularly referred to as aphrodisiacs, even though there is no scientific evidence behind it. Some of them may indeed bear that name because they are supported by research. Check them out:
Many wonders: What is in oysters that is an aphrodisiac? Raw oysters are thought to be an aphrodisiac and can help you get rid of a hangover. Regrettably, there is no scientific evidence for this, and the FDA considers it a myth.
Chocolate, the world’s most famous “comfort food,” has been shown to release phenylethylamine and serotonin into the human body and thus has aphrodisiac and perk-up abilities.
Besides many health benefits, the pistachio diet improved erectile function parameters in patients with erectile dysfunction.
According to some studies, watermelon is rich in citrulline, which could help improve erectile function. And, don’t forget a pinch of salt on top—it can make the whole experience even sweeter.
Pomegranates have traditionally been symbolizing fertility. According to a 2012 study, undiluted pomegranate juice increased testosterone levels in both men and women—and therefore, their sexual urges.
Because of the type of phytoestrogen that stimulates arousal and sexual function, one study reveals a possible link between everyday apple ingestion and greater sexuality in the young females’ population. You must be thinking: ”I’m not sure if I’ve ever been horny from eating an apple.” Pay attention next time.
Pure onion juice was shown to increase testosterone levels. As testosterone is the male sex hormone involved in determining sexual drive and potency, onion juice is an excellent choice for easy-to-access aphrodisiacs. Or, choose something from the list that is less disgusting.
- Tiger Nut
Tiger nuts have long been used in the Middle East to increase male sexual excitement. According to one study, Tiger nut improved sexual performance and sexual motivation and dramatically increased testosterone levels in highly and moderately active rodents. To avoid confusion, we should clarify that most of these studies are conducted on animals, but the conclusions are usually applicable to humans.
- Chilly pepper
Although the dilemma concerning hot chilies has not been scientifically addressed, capsaicin, the component that gives chilies their spiciness, is thought to increase libido by triggering the release of endorphins (chemicals generated by the body to reduce stress and pain).
What is apparent is that avocados are high in vitamin B6, and according to the findings of one study, vitamin B6 plays a role in testosterone activity, resulting in improved sexual performance.
Bananas are a fantastic source of energy, which is essential during sexual activity. But bananas are thought to increase sex drive, but these are only theories since no research backed this up.
Salmon is well-known for its overall health benefits due to its high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These ingredients allegedly boost sex drive by creating sex hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.
Nutmeg is a spice found in many kitchens across the world and is used for various purposes (including as an aphrodisiac), but little is known about its harmful effects (shown in one case report from 2019)
Other widely consumed food with presumably aphrodisiac characteristics:
- Strawberries: Rich in vitamin C, which is necessary for the creation of sex hormones.
- Cherries: Also loaded with vitamin C.
- Pumpkin: It’s packed in fiber and potassium, which are very beneficial for endurance, and magnesium, which can help nerves and muscles relax.
- Honey: Honey has long been utilized as an organic sexual enhancer, despite the lack of evidence for its aphrodisiac characteristics. It does, however, include boron, which aids in hormone regulation, as well as nitric oxide, which may boost blood circulation during sexual excitement.
- Asparagus: It has a high vitamin E concentration, which helps to boost oxygen and blood supply to the sexual organs, and it also includes potassium, which aids in the creation of sex hormones.
- Garlic: Contains selenium—a nutrient whose deficiency has been related to decreased sexual desire.
- Celery: Small quantities of androstenone, a male pheromone that women find appealing in men, are present in this veggie.
- Figs: Because they’re high in amino acids, which promote sexual endurance and stimulate drive, they’re believed to be a sexual enhancer. Figs are also high in magnesium, which is necessary for boosting the generation of sex hormones and boosting pheromone release (the chemical produced to trigger the sexual behavior of a member of the same species).
- Walnuts: Increased doses of boron were found to raise testosterone levels in just one week, and walnuts have them in a significant amount. They also have lots of fatty acids, which are great for sexual performance.
- Almonds: Just like walnuts—lots of fatty acids.
The hunt for natural remedies made from medicinal plants is as old as humankind, but lately is growing because they have fewer adverse effects, are easily accessible, and are less costly.
A wide range of herbs has been shown to affect sexual functions.
Aphrodisiac benefits of dietary supplements containing the botanical yohimbine are frequently touted. It is an indole alkaloid found in the peel of the Pausinystalia Yohimbe tree in West Africa. Yohimbine is a medication that the FDA has approved to treat impotence.
- Korean red ginseng (KRG)
One study found that KRG extracts have a significant placebo effect in premenopausal women (women in their reproductive years) with sexual dysfunction. Oral dosing of KRG extracts, on the other hand, boosted sexual desire in postmenopausal women (women in the period of life when stops having periods and are no longer able to get pregnant naturally). Thus, according to the findings, red ginseng extracts may be utilized as an alternative therapy (therefore as an aphrodisiac) in menopausal women to improve their sexual lives.
- Guarana seed
Many cultures regard the seeds of the guarana plant as aphrodisiacs and stimulants. Amazonian populations have long boiled its rhizome into a tea. Guarana seeds are nowadays available in the form of powder, pills, and capsules.
- Tribulus terrestris L.
This is the Latin name for an annual plant with alleged aphrodisiac effects, which are thought to be due to its capacity to modify the levels or imitate the function of sex hormones. However, one of the conducted researches was unable to verify those widely held beliefs.
- Trigonella foenum-graecum
Or better known as fenugreek. This plant was used in one research where 600 mg per day over two menstrual cycles were given to women. The findings suggest that extract of this herb could be an effective treatment for enhancing sexual arousal and desire in women.
According to one research, Maca ingestion has a modest but substantial effect on general and sexual health in adults with mild ED (erectile dysfunction). Also, Maca therapy boosted sex drive in healthy adult men after 8 and 12 weeks of dosage. So it seems like an easily accessible Maca can do wonders.
While the FDA-approved Viagra (sildenafil) remains the most famous aphrodisiac, the morbidity associated with its (and other) abuse is enormous.
One study found that stimulant-induced enhancement of sex drive by substances like cocaine and methamphetamine was proven, with cocaine abusers having higher values for “sexual desire” and are more prone to HIV infections. To be clear, this is not something that is encouraged.
There is a case report of cantharidin poisoning (a toxin isolated from Coleoptera beetles, also known as the ‘Spanish fly’). “Spanish fly” was traditionally and frequently used as an aphrodisiac. This substance has been linked to numerous cases of intoxication.
Did you know?
In a strange twist, the lack of food can also be a form of aphrodisiac. Fasting for 16 to 36 hours induces an increase in growth hormone and luteinizing hormone secretion, leading to testosterone production.
Persons worldwide will probably never stop looking for a “magic elixir” to improve their sexual health.
Despite many myths, such as one about rhino thorn having aphrodisiac properties (unsurprisingly, there is no scientific evidence supporting the claim), the risks associated with some of the supposed aphrodisiacs may exceed any advantages.
While the most popular dietary supplements for sexual health involve a combination of alleged aphrodisiac nutrients, the existing medical research evaluating the efficacy of these substances is often of poor quality—and this should be remembered.
However, some of the examples above are widely available and almost regularly consumed (apples, chocolate, etc.)—and thus are unlikely to cause harm while supposedly may even help.
So, now that you know what’s the thing about aphrodisiacs, it is entirely up to you to decide whether you will try one. You can always rely on other things to boost your sex drive, such as using bondage gear & accessories, playing sex games, or simply putting on some sexy lingerie. There are many more interesting things you can buy online at Emma’s Sex Store and unquestionably increase your sexual desire by using them.