There are many legends and false beliefs in relation to the alleged aphrodisiac effects of various ingredients. However, a recent research seems to shed light on this matter, providing interesting conclusions. Today, in The Naked Kitchen, we share the results of this research thus clearing the myths of food aphrodisiacs.
Despite the fact that for decades have been used many foods for its alleged properties to boost sexual desire, science has not found a relationship between their consumption and a increase in libido.
A team of researchers from the University of Guelph, led by professor Massimo Marcone, you have come to the conclusion that there is no scientific evidence to support the alleged sexual benefits that the consumption of certain foods has on the sexual appetite. The study has focused on trying to find a natural substance with properties similar to that present chemical compounds, such as sidenafil, which is present in the well-known Viagra, or the talalafil, both used at present to treat erectile dysfunction. It is important to clarify that these drugs do not improve the libido, simply enhance the erection of the penis without any effect on sexual desire. In addition, are compounds with important side effects.
After analyzing several natural compounds, the team of professor Marcone came to the conclusion that the only natural substances that can enhance libido are ginseng, used in traditional chinese medicine, and saffron, which has been shown to have effects on the performance and sexual stimulation.
This ability to enhance the libido was also discovered in the yohimbine, an alkaloid contained in Yohimbe, african plant with powerful psychoactive effects.
In experiments carried out with animals it has been seen that ingredients like clove, ginger or garlic have led to an increase of the sexual impulse.
The chocolate, considered as one of the great natural aphrodisiacs, has been also the fruit of study. In this case the scientists have not found evidence of its supposed effect on the activation of sexual. According to Marcone, some people may experience a reaction to some components of chocolate, such as phenylethylamine, a compound that is attributed to an effect on the levels of endorphins and serotonin in the brain.
In relation to alcohol, widely used by the population for its effect desinhibidor, has proved to be effective to increase the sexual desire, however, as a counterpart, hampers the performance.
Despite the findings of the study, the researchers are cautious and point to the need to continue to conduct research to better understand the effects that their consumption can cause in the human being, thus confirming its safety and effectiveness.