Aphrodisiacs

Aphrodisiacs are substances believed to increase sexual desire or libido. Although there is no widely accepted scientific proof of the efficacy of aphrodisiacs, many people claim they have a real effect. Some contain certain nutrients that may support the production of sex hormones in the body. Aphrodisiacs come in the form of food, herbs, spices, drugs, or beverages. Here is a list of substances, by no means comprehensive, that are thought by some to have aphrodisiac properties:

• Almonds

• Chocolate

• Mangoes

• Asparagus

• Eggs

• Oysters

• Avocado

• Figs

• Pumpkins

• Bananas

• Ginseng

• Tangerines

• Basil

• Kava Kava

• Tomatoes

• Cayenne

• Kelp

• Vanilla

• Cloves

• Maca

Some people use drugs, such as marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, and barbiturates, as aphrodisiacs. While these may reduce or altogether eliminate your sexual inhibitions and/or produce pleasurable sensations that cause you to feel sexually aroused, they may actually decrease sexual response and functioning, particularly with moderate-to-heavy use and long-term use. The use or abuse of these substances can also result in more serious harms and/or dependency. You would be wise to stay clear of using any drug as aphrodisiacs.

Fact

The belief in aphrodisiacs goes way back. The word itself is derived from the name of the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. In folklore, some substances were believed to be aphrodisiacs because of their appearance, namely their resemblance to the male or female genitalia.

The effect of aphrodisiacs may depend on what you believe. The best way to determine whether or not a substance is an aphrodisiac for you is to try it and notice your response. Does the sight, smell, or taste of it turn you on? How do you feel after you partake of it? Scientifically proven or not, if a substance makes you want to have sex, it is deserving of the title aphrodisiac, at least on your list. Others will undoubtedly have their own lists.

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