There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of most of the substances we consider to be natural aphrodisiacs. It is true that many of the aphrodisiacs that have historically been associated with virility, not only do not cause any positive effects in our sex life, but can also be toxic.
This is the case of Lytta vesicatoria or Spanish fly, which for centuries was used as a kind of natural Viagra since its caused a spontaneous erection of the penis, but which fell into disuse after the seventeenth century as a result of an epidemic of poisonings. Then you have the rhinoceros horn myth, considered in China as an aphrodisiac and a medicinal remedy, and which has contributed to the practice of extinction of the animal.
Foods such as coffee, alcohol or chocolate can cause physiological effects that lead to a more active sex life.
However, research has tried to explain where the good sexual reputation connects with certain foods or products. The most important of these was conducted at the University of Guelph in Canada, where dozens of studies on plant and animal products with supposed aphrodisiac were reviewed, and it was concluded that although there is nothing that can be considered a natural aphrodisiac, yes there are some products that influence the sexual desire. Forget tiger penis and whale semen: they do not work.
Panax ginseng or red ginseng, which is produced primarily in Korea, has long been used to successfully treat erectile dysfunction problems, according to research published in Food Research International. In a previous study, 45 men with erection problems took 900 milligrams of ginseng three times a day. Two months later, they had significantly improved their sexual potency. In addition, it increases the production of nitrous oxide, a chemical that relaxes the arteries of the penis allowing greater blood flow.
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It is an indole alkaloid obtained from the bark of Pausinystalia johimbe, a central African tree. It has long been successfully used as a treatment for sexual dysfunction in depressed patients who consume SSRIs (serotonin reuptake inhibitors). However, its side effects are potentially dangerous, and can appear with less than half of a milligram consumed. For years, it was approved by the American Food and Drug Administration, and can now be purchased only after being prescribed by a doctor, but at such low rate that it probably does not have aphrodisiac effects. In some European Countries, the sale of yohimbine is prohibited, and several products have been withdrawn which contains it because of its hypertensive effects (in low doses) and hypotensors (in high doses).
Although no study has shown that cocoa increases sexual desire, it is a food that increases the release of endorphins, which improves our mood. Something that, ultimately, can affect our predisposition to have sex. In addition, chocolate has large amounts of FEA (phenylethylamine), a hormone that is produced in large amounts when we are in love. Maybe a good short cut to regain our sexual energy.
The Lepidium meyenii is a plant that breeds in the Andes and of which there are already references in the chronicles of Fray Antonio Vásquez de Espinoza of the year 1598. The natives provided plant to their animals to improve the fertility, and from there it began to be consumed by men. It is useful? A 2001 study by researchers, of course Peruvians, found that tablet consumption for four months by men aged 24 and 44 years increased sperm production. Although many question such product, maca has no dangerous effect, so why not?
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It is not an aphrodisiac in the strict sense, but as a good stimulant that is, it can help us get going, whether it is a new day of work, a challenge for which we have to be very concentrated or to perform in bed. Older research conducted at the University of Michigan in the early 1990s showed that coffee, not tobacco or alcohol, determined the increased frequency of a partner’s sexual intercourse. Specifically, 62% of women who drank coffee were defined as sexually active, compared to 38% of women who did not.
Contrary to other products on this list, the ginkgo tree of the 40 shields was never recognized as an aphrodisiac, until research published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, discovered a close link between the cure of Sexual dysfunction caused by antidepressants and this plant. This was something that positively affected 76% of men and 91% of women. Not all are advantages: it also causes gastrointestinal problems, headaches and excitement of the nervous system.
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This is one of the Michael Castleman harvest. The author reported in an article that the harmful effects of cocaine or methadone on sexual vigor are evident, but less obvious is what happens with marijuana. After a celebrated 1970s study claiming that marijuana reduced testosterone levels was significantly disproved, there is no clear evidence of its negative effects. So the journalist set out to reach the truth on his own and asked his readers if marihuana helped them to make love.
According to the results (little or nothing rigorous, but eloquent), for 67%, marijuana helped them to have better relationships. Phrases such as “it makes me feel like i could never feel sober or drunk” or “I do not usually smoke but when I’ve done it, it’s been the best sex of my life” well it may not be as bad as it sounds.