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Aphrodisiacs – Do They Really Work? If so How and Which Ones?

Aphrodisiacs have been around for thousands of years and the attempt to heighten sexual desire in men and women has always been sought after. The actual word aphrodisiac comes from Aphrodite the goddess of love and sex and even the Mayans, Egyptians, Chinese, and many other cultures all believed that certain foods and herbs were capable of enhancing the pleasure and desire of sex. But do aphrodisiacs really work? And if so, which ones should you buy to enhance your sex life?

Many people claim that most of the ‘proven’ aphrodisiacs out there are only a pseudo drug that, when you take it, makes you believe you will have a heightened pleasure and desire so you actually do despite the drugs having no physical effect on you. Thousands of years ago this may have been the case with herbs and remedies that were concocted to act as aphrodisiacs, however modern science has allowed us to look deeper into how these aphrodisiacs work and discern the real from the fake.


Real Food Aphrodisiacs

Chocolate – this is by far one of the most common ‘aphrodisiac’ foods and thankfully it is proven to work. Not only does chocolate cause the release of endorphins in the brain but it also helps with the release of serotonin which can lead to increased libido due to your newly happy and relaxed mood.

Oysters – this food is especially good for men who want to increase their sex drive because oysters have a lot of zinc in them which helps stimulate testosterone in men. When men’s testosterone levels are low their sex drive is decreased while on the flip side if their levels are normal or higher than normal than their sex drive is boosted!

Chile peppers – since spicy foods can increase blood flow, naturally chili peppers can lead to sexual arousal and even an erection when you least expect it due to your juices flowing more thanks to spicy foods.

Wheat germ – this is proven to help regulate and maintain normal hormone levels in men and women which is crucial to sex drive.

False food aphrodisiacs

Bananas – a common myth is that bananas have a libido boosting property however it is definitely a myth.

Avocados – another food thought to increase libido was avocados however there is no scientific evidence to prove this.

Pumpkin seeds – this false food provides no sexual enhancement or desire for either men or women contrary to some beliefs.

Herbs and Supplements (Chemicals)

Real Aphrodisiac Herbs and Supplements

Horny goat weed – If the name itself doesn’t give you the impression of what it does, then you’ll be pleased to know that it truly does help with ED and sexual dysfunction in men. It allows more blood to flow to the genitals because of the increased nitric oxide levels it causes.

Ginseng – this is an incredibly popular herb especially in the USA because it helps relieve a variety of ailments and common problems such as hangovers, headaches, stress, anxiety, and more. This powerful and proven herb increases circulation and help prevent mental fatigue.

L-arginine – this is a supplement that is often used as an alternative to Viagra because of its powerful abilities to increase circulation. It helps create more nitric oxide which causes the vessels to dilate and can create stronger erections and even cause people to feel more aroused during intercourse.

Pheromones – Every man and woman produces pheromones in their sweat and it is proven that these chemicals work to attract and stimulate the opposite sex. There are a variety of pheromones out there that are infused with perfumes and scents for men and women proven to help one attract and stimulate a potential mate.

Fake Aphrodisiac Herbs and Supplements

Most of the herbs and supplements are chemicals that are proven to have a positive effect on the human body and help with sexual arousal. The fake chemical aphrodisiacs are those that generally are “imitation” drugs that are claimed to be something when they are not. These are often sold online at “discount” prices and are commonly from places in Europe. To avoid buying fake chemical aphrodisiacs make sure that the ones you are purchasing are FDA approved and sold within the United States by a reputable seller.


Improving one’s sex drive and the sex drive of their partner can be incredibly tempting and something that many couples are more than curious about. Unfortunately, as with any drug or medication, there are an infinite amount of fakes and copycats. If you want to build a romantic dinner and steer the evening towards something a little more cooperative, then spicy foods, chocolates, and oysters are definitely things to include on the menu. If you are looking for more long term and constant improved libido, then taking meds and supplements like ginseng, horny goat weed, and even L-arginine are a few that are proven to work!


Author: Peter

Peter is an experienced author specializing in men's health issues. He started in 2007 and is dedicated to continue to grow the website to become a recognized resource for men worldwide.