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15 Aphrodisiacs And What They Actually Do To Your Body

Updated October 13, 2018 51.4k views15 items

Sex is already weird enough, but just knowing that there are some things out there that can make you better at sex, or at least more likely to want to have sex, somehow makes intercourse even more complicated. Aphrodisiacs are a food, drug, or drink that stimulates sexual desire, but finding aphrodisiacs that work can be almost impossible. There are plenty of natural libido stimulants, but some of them require that you gobble up massive amounts of a weird ingredient, and others may not work with your specific chemical makeup. Rather than have you go out into the world and jam every purported aphrodisiac into your face, this list of aphrodisiacs should be used to help you make an informed decision about which one is for you.

At some point in every person’s life they have to ask themselves, “Am I more of a cobra blood or more of an avocado person?” Everyone has been there, but instead of rushing out to the jungles of Asia to fight a cobra and drink its blood, why not just read about which aphrodisiacs work before you go out and try them all yourself?

If you’re worried about what you’re putting in your body, there are plenty of natural aphrodisiacs that you can use to turn yourself into Austin Powers, and you probably have a few of these things around the house. Cuddle up with the sexual partner of your choice, split a plate of fugu, and start reading about which aphrodisiacs work the best. 

  • Have you been trying to figure out a way to cut calories while boosting your libido? Consider adding some celery to your diet. Guys have been eating celery in order to cure their impotence since at least the 18th century, and to be completely crass about the entire thing - guys in porn eat a bunch of celery in order to build up semen volume. Sorry that you had to read that sentence.

  • In 2005 a joint team of very sexy American and Italian researchers analyzed oysters and other bivalve mollusks, and found they were rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones. The scientists were strict about the fact that the oysters have to be eaten raw to be most effective because cooking them reduces the quantity of D-Asp and NDMA molecules. But the one thing they don't mention is how many raw oysters you have to eat before you become a raging sex maniac. It's probably somewhere between 7 and 300.

  • The nutrients in an avocado are absolutely essential to sexual health even if you're not eating them to become an Aztec sex god. Avocados contain high levels of beta carotene, magnesium and vitamin E, which is the most sexy of vitamins. Avocados also have more potassium than a raw banana and 2.4 grams of protein in every 1/2 cup, so even if you're not eating guacamole to become an anthropomorphized Barry White song you'll still feel really good about yourself. Also they look like something that Georgie O'Keeffe would have painted and you know she liked to f*ck. 

  • Cinnamon Adds Spice To Your Life (GET IT?)
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    It makes sense that people associate cinnamon with getting sexy. It makes you feel warm, it wakes you up, and if you have too much of it you can have a coughing fit (just like the best sex). But it turns out that it's not the taste of cinnamon that turns people on, it's the smell that turns people into a slightly sexier version of themselves. But if you're not into cinnamon, catching a whiff of snickerdoodle cookies probably isn't going to do anything for you. 

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