Aphrodisiacs - do they exist?
What is commonly understood by the term "aphrodisiac"
does not exist - i.e. no food
that you can eat or drink that you can swallow that will magically and instantly
stimulate your sexual appetite. Anyone who tells you
otherwise is trying to sell you a snake oil or magic
However, there are many nutrients,
vitamins and minerals that will enhance
your sexual performance, especially if
you consume large amounts over an
extended period of time (more than 4
weeks). Also, for men there are
pills that will help sustain penis erections when
sexually stimulated; and for women, there are
creams which, when applied to the clitoris/vagina,
enhance response to sexual stimulation.
Another option is to take a sex stimulant
supplement containing the
nutrients that enhance sexual performance when
consumed over a period of time.
The ingredients in these supplements
are all available in natural foods, but
usually in much lower quantities.
Arginine is the primary ingredient. An
amino acid, Arginine is critical to both male
erections and female sexual arousal. The nutrient exists
naturally in dairy products, meats, and
nuts - particularly peanuts. Niacin and
many of the other B vitamins that
contribute to sexual function can also be
found in these protein foods.
Vitamins A, C, E and folic acid are
needed for ovarian fertility and sperm
production, as well as for healthy mucous
membranes and skin. These vitamins are
highest in leafy green vegetables, and
most orange colored fruits and
vegetables. Vitamin E is high in
vegetable, nut and seed oils.
Minerals needed for prostate gland
health and sperm production include zinc
and selenium. These minerals are
high in shellfish, such as oysters and
clams, and in whole grains, nuts and