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Researchers Find That There Are Indeed Some Natural Aphrodisiacs

March 28, 2011: 09:30 AM EST
Canadian researchers who reviewed clinical and animal studies on the use of natural aphrodisiacs have found that ginseng and saffron, and a few less well-know substances like yohimbine, do seem to increase sexual desire and enhance sexual experience. Some animal studies showed that cloves, garlic and ginger were effective aphrodisiacs. Included in the review of studies were substances such as ambrein, Bufo toad, Spanish fly, Tribulus terrestris, horny goat weed, muira puama, MACA root, nutmeg and cacao. Spanish fly and Bufo toad have a reputation as sexual enhancers, but produced the opposite result and were actually toxic. The researchers concluded that “more studies are needed to understand [the aphrodisiacs’] mechanism of action.”
Massimo Marcone, et al., "Aphrodisiacs from plant and animal sources—A review of current scientific literature ", Food Research International, March 28, 2011, © Elsevier Ltd.
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