The Mailbox: do aphrodisiacs really increase sex drive?

Dear Health Junction,

I’ve heard that certain foods are good for increasing sex drive.  Is this true?

From,

PM

Sexy Strawberry

Hi PM,

That’s a cool question.  Thanks for consulting with The Health Junction.

Horny Goat Weed

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.

aphrodisiacs

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”.

Banana

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,

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