How do aphrodisiacs work?

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243.jpg243You may know that word aphrodisiac comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who was the goddess of love. Love for food and food for love come from ancient times. There have been foods that were believed to increase sexual power and desire. The ancient list of ‘sexy foods’ included anise, basil, carrot, salvia, pistachio nuts, and fennel. Hippocrates, Greek philosopher and man of medicine, who lived in Greece between 460 and 380 BCE, is known for his recommendations to eat certain foods to maintain sexual stamina.  He suggested that lentils and honey could keep a man energetic and virile at any age. He believed that a traditional Greek soup made from beans could keep libido levels up, and artichokes could ensure the birth of males. In one of his medical works, he wrote, ‘Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food’.

Over the centuries, people have searched for foods which can put them in the right mood for sex. Food and sexual prowess have been linked for thousands of years. Chinese emperor Huang-Ti wrote Handbooks of Sex five thousand years ago, in which he claims that ‘spice and food are active sexual stimulants’. You can even track down the connection between sex and food in the Old Testament. ‘I’ve perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning’, says King Solomon in one of the Scriptures[1]. English herbalist Nicholas Culpepper discovered in the seventeenth century that asparagus ‘increases lust in man and woman’. An interesting article from Forbes shows that: ‘For as long as humans have been having sex, they’ve been struggling to get in the mood. In ancient India, a young man who proved passionless in the sack might have tried goat testicles boiled in milk. The Roman satirist Juvenal was the first to note the seductive qualities of oysters. In ‘The Arabian Nights,’ coriander was a quick fix for a merchant who’d gone childless for 40 years’.[2]

More and more evidence shows that aphrodisiacs really work! European folklore suggests that in the nineteenth century, French men were served asparagus before their wedding, as it was known to ensure sexual endurance. Asparagus is full of potassium, fibre, and vitamins A, B-complex, and C. This magic combination of vitamins and minerals produces histamine, which helps to reach orgasm in both genders. Certain vegetables, fruits, herbs, and nuts have been used in ancient times in medicine, religious rituals, and esoteric practices, often symbolising the sexual power of these foods.

Old wisdom proves that there are foods and drinks that make sex more attainable, lasting, and pleasurable. For example, honey is considered an aphrodisiac because it has a ‘love’ ingredient called boron, a trace mineral that supports the body’s production and metabolism of oestrogen. Oestrogen is a female sex hormone which helps to avoid vaginal dryness and tightening, and it plays a big role in keeping libido up. Boron also enhances testosterone levels, and this hormone is necessary for sex drive and orgasm.

So, as you can see there is a simple explanation why certain foods directly enhance libido. Some foods are considered aphrodisiacs because of their shape, some for their smell, and some for their ‘magical’ composition of vitamins and minerals. Do you want to learn more what foods can help you to get into the romantic mood and enjoy sex longer and better? Check out the article about the nutritional value of avocado and how this powerful superfood can help you to manage your health.

[1] Old Testament. Proverbs 7: 17