Does Aphrodisiacs Work?

How can spice up your kitchen make it easier to do the same thing in the bedroom? Dark chocolate and oysters have been long regarded as natural aphrodisiacs that can increase your sex drive. They work, but are they really effective?

The answer is yes, and the other. The majority of research shows that aphrodisiacs are largely in our heads. But, the placebo effect can make a big difference. Julia Zumpano is a registered dietitian and explains which aphrodisiacs work.

What exactly is an Aphrodisiac and how do you use it?

Zumpano says that Aphrodisiacs, foods believed to increase your sexual drive, have been historically divided into three types. The following foods are more:

Many foods fall under the category of aphrodisiacs around the globe. There are many reasons for this. Certain foods contain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that can directly impact your sexual drive. Others simply possess attributes that increase arousal.

Shapes that suggestively are shaped: Oysters and root vegetables shaped as genitalia can have aphrodisiacal characteristics. This is because they make you think about genitalia, which in turn makes you think about sex.

Foods that are related to reproduction: Caviar, eggs from quail, and reproductive meats like bull testicles (for instance, the blood of bulls) can be said to increase your sexual energy.

Hot and spicy food: This is the idea behind hot foods, such as curry, jalapeno, chili peppers and jalapeno.

Common Natural Aphrodisiacs (or not)

Zumpano states that some foods are clinically proven to affect erectile function, which is why they're called aphrodisiacs. Others, however, don't have any known benefits.

She will walk you through how these foods may help you feel more energetic.

1. Chili peppers

Zumpano observes that "some people believe capsaicin can give peppers their kick," but that no research has proved this true.

2. Dark chocolate

It has been long believed that cacaoo can increase sexual desire. This may be why cacao is such a beloved Valentine's Day gift. The compound phenylethylamine is a mild stimulant which can improve your mood. Research shows that chocolate-eating women may be more interested in having sex than those who do not.

3. Figs

It is a soft, sweet fruit that was popular in Ancient Greek as an aphrodisiac. However, there is no evidence that this fruit can boost libido.

4. Honey

Hippocrates, an ancient Greek doctor, is believed to have recommended honey to patients needing a bit of arousal. However, today there's not much scientific evidence to support this claim.

5. Strawberries

Are you averse to chocolate-covered strawberries when the word "aphrodisiac?" is used? These little red fruits are a sign of delicious and sexy food. Zumpano says that they aren't sexually powerful.

6. Maca

This South American root vegetable, which is popular in Peru, has been thought to increase libido. A few studies show that it may indeed boost erectile function and sexual desire, but there's not yet enough research to be sure.

7. Oysters

Oysters are thought to have the same female anatomy as the Roman Empire and were considered an aphrodisiac. Casanova is not going to like this, but scientific evidence doesn't support their effect on sex drive.

8. Pistachios

One study showed that men with erectile dysfunction who ate 100 grams of pistachios for three weeks saw an increase in their overall erectile function. Zumpano suggests that this could be due to the fact that pistachios are rich in arginine, which helps relax blood vessels.

9. Saffron

It has been proven to reduce sexual dysfunction in patients with depression that have used fluoxetine. In one study, saffron was shown to help with erectile dysfunction and lead to more satisfying sex; another study found that saffron may improve arousal, lubrication and pain in women. There are no studies, though, showing saffron's benefits in people without depression.

10. Watermelon

The summer favorite is high in citrulline. This amino acid has been shown to relax blood vessels and cause dilation similar to erectile disfunction drugs.

Despite this, watermelon is not a worthwhile snack. Zumpano explains that the rind contains the most citrulline and is least likely to get eaten.

What is the Placebo Effect?

Zumpano says that just because a food has no scientifically proven properties that make it beneficial for your sexual health, doesn't necessarily mean it isn't doing something.

Plato effect: A substance without any medical side effects that is believed to have a positive impact on someone's health has the placebo effect. When it comes to aphrodisiacs it is a matter of whether you like a particular food, be it oysters or chocolate. It doesn't hurt to try it if it seems appealing.

Zumpano advises that you should be cautious about supplements which claim to act as aphrodisiacs. They aren't FDA approved and could interact negatively with other medicines.

Here are some alternatives to Aphrodisiacs

You're better to seek medical advice than chocolate bars if you are interested in aphrodisiacs if you have a sexual disorder or low sex drive.

If you are experiencing problems such as erectile dysfunction or low libido and/or vaginal dryness, consult a physician. Your doctor might prescribe medication or therapy depending on what the problem is.