Dear Health Junction,
I’ve heard that certain foods are good for increasing sex drive. Is this true?
That’s a cool question. Thanks for consulting with The Health Junction.
An aphrodisiac is a food or drink that is said to stimulate sexual desire. According to “How Stuff Works”, aphrodisiacs work through two mechanisms; by stimulating the mind or by stimulating the physical body.
I wasn’t able to find any studies that point to a definite relationship between the consumption of an aphrodisiac and a measured increase in sexual desire. The FDA also claims that aphrodisiacs “have no scientific basis and are simply a myth”.
That being said, we know that the mind is a powerful tool and that somethings can’t be explained by science. A placebo can often have the same desired effect as an active drug. So, here is a list of some known aphrodisiacs available at your local grocery store:
Aniseed: includes an estrogen based compound.
Avocado: apparently the Aztecs thought that avocados look like testicles.
Bananas: aside from their penis like shape, they include a lot of potassium and B Vitamins which are needed for hormone production.
Basil: this one is suppose to boost fertility and increase circulation.
Cardamom: indicated for impotence and contains a chemical called cineole that improve circulation.
Chocolate: contains pleasure boosting chemicals such as serotonin and phenylethylamine.
Carrots: based purely on its shape.
Chili Peppers: contains capsaicin, a pain reliever.
Cucumbers: based purely on it’s shape and pleasant smell.
Figs: based only on the fact that figs resemble the shape of a vagina.
Garlic: increases circulation.
Ginger: increases circulation and has a pleasant smell.
Honey: contains B Vitamins which are required for hormone production.
Licorice: interestingly, one study found that men who smelled licorice had a 13% increase of blood flow to the penis.
Good luck and keep the chili pepper away from your genitals,
The Health Junction
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