Do any aphrodisiacs actually work?

Do any aphrodisiacs actually work?

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It’s a tale as old as time, trying to find natural solutions to make someone fall in love with you. Or, more directly, a magic medicine to increase libido.

What is an aphrodisiac?

The word “aphrodisiac” comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love, pleasure and procreation, and describes anything - usually a food or drink - which increases sexual desire. But do any really work?

There’s no one certain food which increases libido, else everyone would be all over it. However, there are plenty of foods which have properties that, in theory, can increase lust. Some of them might not surprise you…

Chocolate

Chocolate isn’t the most popular Valentine’s Day gift just because it tastes great - although it’s definitely a good way to win the heart of a sweet tooth. It’s believed that the Aztecs were the first to find a connection between the humble cocoa bean and increased libido, and since then has been rumoured as an aphrodisiac. Like most alleged aphrodisiacs, there is very tenuous science to suggest chocolate might have some impact on mood, but not enough to show up in clinical trials. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which boosts serotonin, the brain’s happiness hormone.

Oysters

Oysters have been rumoured to have aphrodisiac qualities ever since the days of Casanova, the famed 18th-century lover who allegedly ate 50 oysters every morning to keep up his sexual stamina. But nowadays, it’s not so clear if there’s any science behind this trick. Oysters are known for having high levels of zinc in, a mineral which increase sperm production, but that’s as far as the theory stretches.

Chilis

If you’re looking to spice things up in more ways than one, chilis might be your answer. These spicy peppers contain capsaicin, which is what gives them their zing. Capsaicin stimulates nerve endings and releases epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. This speeds up your heart rate and releases endorphins - your body’s natural opiates. They might not directly increase libido, but chilis can certainly get things fired up.

Pomegranates

You might have heard of pomegranates being referred to as the “love apple”, for their shape and abundance of seeds. But is there any logic behind their rumoured aphrodisiac properties? Well, like most foods, it seems pomegranates’ libido impact is marginal and mostly just a theory. Poms are known for being high in antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. In theory, this can add some juice to your sex life, but there’s yet to be clinical trials to support this.

Grapes

There is, ultimately, only one food most of us know to be a pretty effective aphrodisiac, and that is the grape. Fermented. And liquified. Sure, if you drink too much booze, you might have some difficulty getting things going. But otherwise, alcohol’s way of making people lose their inhibitions is the closest we have to a truly effective aphrodisiac. Just don’t overdo it!

However, don’t underestimate the placebo effect. Just because these foods don’t have proven aphrodisiac qualities doesn’t mean they definitely won’t have an effect. Just believing that they’re increasing libido can be enough to get things going - and if you give your partner a feast of oysters and chocolate, they might just get the hint…  


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