Which Natural Libido-Enhancers Actually Work? A New Aphrodisiac Study Sheds Some Light

08.08.15 4 years ago 20 Comments


Name an indigenous culture and it won’t take Google long to show you their libido potion of choice. The ancient Hawaiians used the fruit of the Hala tree. In India, they were a little more aggressive with their tonics and boiled goat testicles in milk—bad for the goat, potentially beneficial for the young man trying to rustle up some extra passion. Hell, if Casanova was throwing back 50 oysters a day, there might be something to all this aphrodisiac talk, right?

Uh…not exactly.

In July, the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine published a study which put an exotic list of natural libido boosters to the test. This past week, the study was showcased in Time. Some of the pop-culture favorites didn’t fare as well as we would have thought, while a few sleepers came back with surprising results.


Studio shot of white wine and oysters

Ever since Aphrodite was born from sea foam, shellfish have had a stronghold on the aphrodisiac game. Oysters always seem to be the love inducer of choice. According to the study, Oysters contain zinc which heightens testosterone as well as specific amino acids and serotonin that bump the pleasure receptors into full stride. “However, there are no RCT (randomized control trials) data to confirm that oysters have any beneficial effects on sexual responsively or satisfaction”

Our call: They may be damn good with some vodka and mango salsa, but it’s back to the drawing board.

Cacao (chocolate):


Apparently Montezuma would sip hot chocolate before visiting his harem of wives. That raises some intrigue. “Chocolate contains biogenic amines tyramine and phenylethylamine, methylxanthines, and cannabinoid-like farry acids, which are proposed to give chocolate its aphrodisiac abilities. However, Researchers have found no supportive evidence.”

Our Call: Montezuma may have been onto something…or maybe he just liked hot chocolate. Everyone has their routines. It tastes good, but we’re not banking on it.

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