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Aphrodisiacs- a myth?

Posted on: November 19, 2008

 We’ve all heard of aphrodisiacs before. Certain foods and spices that are believed to boost your libido and desire. People all over the world still believe in them, but alas, according to the FDA, there is no scientific proof that these foods have the power to arouse you. 

Some of the more well-known aphrodisiacs include:

Oysters: these sea creatures are high in zinc and D-aspartic acid, which are linked to increasing testosterone levels and increase the libido.

Chocolate: a personal favorite, again this is not a fact, but chocolate contains serotonin, a chemical that excites the pleasure areas of the brain. 

Chili Peppers: again, not proven to arouse you, but spicy foods raise your heart rate.

Ginseng: ginseng is known to revitalize the whole body.A

Asparagus: stories say that bridegrooms in 19th century France were served three courses of asparagus on their wedding night. 

 

So if there’s no scientific proof, maybe it’s all mental?  According to CNN.com, the only real way to increase libido is to exercise and eat well. 

 

Here’s a pretty, uh, sweet song about aphrodisiacs. 

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2 Responses to "Aphrodisiacs- a myth?"

Not too often you get to use Bow Wow Wow as a credible source for a story. Nice!

Haha! Agreed.

I found a great post on Peterman’s Eye today about aphrodisiacs and I thought I’d share….

http://www.petermanseye.com/curiosities/history/383-aphrodisiacs-101

Cheers!

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