Grocery shopping time! Spice up tonight’s dinner with nature’s Viagra: A study to be published in the journal Food Research International found that ginseng, saffron, and yohimbine (a chemical from West African yohimbine trees) increased sexual performance.
Researchers pored over hundreds of clinically sound studies on the effects of consumable substances thought to be aphrodisiacs. But, most importantly, what about the most tempting of aphrodisiacs: chocolate?
People report increased sexual desire after eating muira puama, a flowering plant found in Brazil; maca root, a mustard plant in the Andes; and chocolate. Despite its purported aphrodisiac effect, chocolate was not linked to sexual arousal or satisfaction, the study said.
“It may be that some people feel an effect from certain ingredients in chocolate, mainly phenylethylamine, which can affect serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain,” Marcone said.
So, be forewarned: If you want to get in the mood, include chocolate (or, better yet, chocolate syrup) in foreplay, but there are no guarantees there will be fireworks. Eh, that’s a risk we’re willing to take.
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