Michelle Reed

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Fri, 7 Aug, 2015

Scientists discover which “aphrodisiacs" actually work

Scientists discover which “aphrodisiacs" actually work

We’ve all heard of eatable supposed aphrodisiacs. Apparently oysters work wonders when it comes to putting you in “the mood.” But how much of what we hear is true, and how much is unfounded folklore? Well, scientists recently endeavoured to find out.

Oysters: No

It seems Casanova had it all wrong. Researchers have found that despite containing zinc, an aid in testosterone production, oysters don’t have any measurable effect on sexual function.

Chocolate: No

Despite its serotonin lifting effects and romantic connotations, scientists have not been able to find any evidence suggesting that chocolate aids the libido, as consumers of chocolate differed not at all sexually compared to non-consumers.

Ginseng: Yes

This herb doesn’t have a massive reputation as a sex-booster, but it improves athletic performance and acts as a male sexual enhancement. It also helps reduce erectile dysfunction.

ArginMax: Yes

This combination of vitamins, herbs and minerals, including A, B, C, E, zinc, ginseng, Ginkgo and Damiana leaf had measurable positive effect on female satisfaction and arousal when administered in a blind clinical study.

Other “aphrodisiacs” tested:

Chasteberry: No; Wild yam: No; Ginko: Jury’s out; Honey: No; Maca: Yes.

Looks like it’s time to put down the chocolate and pick up the Maca and ginseng!

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