Before Viagra was discovered, men from yester years turned to food and other natural remedies to enjoy a healthy sex life. History dictates how we do things in the present and several aphrodisiacs have continued to be in use to this day. We have compiled a list of aphrodisiac foods that were used throughout history and are recommended to lovers even today.
Oysters: Casanova’s breakfast included 50 oysters which says it all. Oysters are a favourite in France and being high in zinc, they help increase sexual potency. They’re also rich in a rareamino acid, which triggers increased levels of sex hormones. Casanova had his own serving suggestions for oysters and they remain as seductive today as they were back then.
Ginseng: Ginseng, which means ‘man root’ is a popular ingredient in China, where it is claimed that the herb combats a range of conditions such as diabetes, stress and sexual dysfunction. Ginseng is believed to increase physical performance and build energy which lends to improved sexual performance.
Avocado: Once banned by priests in Spain who found the fruit obscene, avocados are rich in a number of nutrients and vitamins which are essential for sexual health. The Aztecs referred to it as the ‘testicle tree’ and were the first ones to discover it.
Mamajuana liquor: A Dominican drink made of rum, mixed with tree bark, herbs and red wine. There is no scientific evidence to support the local claims of Mamajuana being a super drink, however its potency can help set the mood right.
Bull testicles: A couple of years ago, cock and bull pies were sold in the UK as Valentine’s food. Naturally rich in testosterone, they are said to increase sexual vigour in a person.
Most of the aphrodisiac foods are rich in minerals and vitamins that improve blood circulation. Eating habits directly influence an individual’s sexual ability and this is especially true for men. One of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction is cardiovascular disease, which is primarily caused by an unhealthy lifestyle.
Eating well can not only reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease but it can also prevent two other common causes of erectile dysfunction, namely diabetes and obesity. According to a recent study published by the Harvard Medical School, men with a 42 inch waist have a 50% higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction than men with a 32 inch waist – which indicates that the food you eat definitely has an impact on your sexual function later in life.
Looking after your health and eating well can prevent impotence. It doesn’t have to be bull testicles or avocado – a balanced diet high in fibre and low in saturated fats will do.