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According to Professor Massimo Marcone, from the University of Guelph (Canada), the true natural aphrodisiacs are saffron and ginseng. The scientist states in Food Research International, the journal of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, that both substances have been proven to be "true performance boosters."
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"Natural aphrodisiacs have been used for thousands of years around the world, but the science behind the claims has never been very well understood or informed," says the scientist. "Our study is the most comprehensive scientific review yet," adds Professor Marcone. But he adds that more studies are still needed to confirm its effects in humans.
There is a whole list of natural aphrodisiacs and products that claim to improve sexual desire and performance. "Natural aphrodisiacs have been used for thousands of years around the world, but the science behind the claims has never been very well understood or informed" Prof. Massimo Marcone, University of Guelph.
For example, there are those who report an increased sexual desire after eating Muira puama (Ptychopetalum), a species of tree native to Brazil. The benefits of consuming maca root (Lepidium peruvianum), a herbaceous plant from the Peruvian Andes, are also discussed. And many claim that chocolate and wine are sexual stimulants. But until now the benefits of any of these compounds had not been scientifically proven.
The goal of Professor Marcone and his team was to discover if there was any natural substance that could be used as an alternative to chemical compounds such as sidenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Clialis). Currently, sexual disorders such as erectile dysfunction are treated with these types of drugs.
But as the authors of the research point out, "these drugs can cause headache and muscle pain and blurred vision, in addition to having dangerous interactions with other drugs." "And they don't tend to increase lividity, so they don't help people who experience low levels of sexual desire," they add.
Canadian scientists analyzed hundreds of published studies on natural substances commonly used as natural aphrodisiacs. The objective was to investigate the claims about the improvement in sexual performance, both psychological and physiological, of these compounds.
Experts found that the only substances that have been proven to improve human sexual function are Panax ginseng, a plant whose root is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, and saffron, a spice derived from the Crocus sativus flower. This spice, the researchers say, was one of the ingredients that was shown to have "sustained effects" on stimulating sexual drive and performance.
Other lesser-known substances, notably yohimbine, an alkaloid found in an African psychoactive plant called Yohimbe, were also observed to appear to enhance human sexual function.
And in animal studies, other ingredients, such as garlic, cloves and ginger, were found to also stimulate the sex drive.
Despite the fact that chocolate supposedly has aphrodisiac effects, the scientists found no evidence that it is linked to sexual arousal or satisfaction.
“Perhaps some people feel an effect due to certain ingredients in chocolate, mainly phenylethylamine, a compound that is believed to have an effect on the levels of serotonin and endorphins in the brain,” explains the researcher.
As for alcohol, which is commonly used to "release" inhibited desires, the study showed that it does increase desire but hinders sexual performance.
Researchers believe that natural substances like saffron could be an effective alternative to treat some sexual disorders.
Garlic Allium sativum
In ancient times it was believed that garlic was a sacred, erotic, medicinal and restorative plant, that is why it was consumed by athletes in the Olympics in Greece. Although its greatest quality, and vegetarians know a lot about this, is that it helps to keep the body in a healthy state, it has been proven that if garlic is taken daily, as part of the usual diet or, also, in capsules, vital energy, which translates into greater sexual performance. In addition, after consuming garlic, a body heating occurs that invades each of the body's cells. The only problem with this vital natural aphrodisiac, as with onion, is its bad smell that permeates even the skin, so it is recommended that both lovers consume it.
Interestingly, it has been discovered that the chemical that causes the bad smell of garlic is also in female intimate secretions.
Saffron Crocus Sativa
Since ancient times, the stigmas of the saffron plant, which is used to flavor and color many dishes, have had a reputation as aphrodisiacs and were used as such by Assyrians, Greeks, Phoenicians and Arabs because, they say, stimulates the uterus and blood circulation.
Ginseng Panax ginseng
Although in the West it has become fashionable in recent times as a generalized tonic, it has an ancient tradition of "cure-all" and an effective sexual enhancer in the East, to the point that the Chinese considered it a "divine herb". They advise you to drink a ginseng infusion before having sex.
Ginger Zengiber officinalis
It is consumed fresh or dry (also candied) and has a characteristic, somewhat spicy flavor. Madame du Berry's cooks prepared a mixture of egg yolks and ginger that would induce lovers of this courtesan and at the same time
Louis XV to unleashed lust. The young, peeled root stimulates circulation and is widely used in oriental cuisine.
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