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Science reveals the aphrodisiacs that don't pack the potency they claim

by , 12 February 2018
Science reveals the aphrodisiacs that don't pack the potency they claim
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, sex, and how to make it better, is on everyone's minds. And for good reason - 43% of women and 31% report having sexual dysfunction.

From ancient fertility deities to modern erectile dysfunction drugs, there are so many so-called quick-fixes to boost your libido and sexual performance. And let's not forget about the long list of aphrodisiacs. The question is: Which of them actually work?

Fortunately, a study published in the journal of the International for Sexual Medicine reviewed the most popular aphrodisiacs and revealed which ones don't pack the potency they claim. Keep reading to find out which ones they are…

Three popular aphrodisiacs that don’t actually work, according to science

#1: Oysters
The legendary lover Cassanova supposedly downed 50 oysters a day to fire up his virility and sexual stamina. While it’s true that oysters are rich in zinc, a mineral essential for testosterone production, and certain amino acids, which are linked to serotonin and feelings of pleasure, the study showed that these molluscs don’t have any real benefit to sexual function or satisfaction.

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#2: Chocolate
Chocolate lovers aren’t the only ones convinced that this sweet treat boosts virility – even the early Aztecs believed this. Cacao does contain components associated with increased serotonin production, which is believed to enhance desire. However, the study found no solid evidence to support this claim. When they compared chocolate-eaters and non-eaters, they found no difference. But don’t throw out your Valentine’s Day chocolates yet – there’s still lots of evidence that shows that chocolate offers other health benefits, such as improved memory and heart health.
 
#3 Wild yam
You might’ve noticed wild yam in pill form on the shelves of your pharmacy. In this form, it’s commonly used to treat gastrointestinal problems. Wild yam is also added to creams that claim to reduce symptoms of menopause and stimulate arousal, but the study found no significant sexual improvement among people who used these products.
 
There you have it – three so-called aphrodisiacs to avoid this Valentine’s Day.

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