Debate on whether foods categorized as natural aphrodisiacs for man work has been ongoing for a longtime. Ancient writings and historical facts reveal that from the beginning, man has always wanted to boost his sex drive. And to achieve this, he turned to foods that were believed to arouse sexual desire.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines an aphrodisiac as any product that is labeled as a sexual desire booster, or will increase sexual performance. Though the FDA has recognized and approved some products, many experts and pundits argue that most of the products in the market are backed by non-medical evidence.
According to Stephen Snyder, M.D., associate clinical psychiatry professor at Mt. Sinai Hospital, foods classified as natural aphrodisiacs are but a fantasy and there is no medical proof that consuming such foods will make a man desire sex more than he would if he didn’t consume the said food. However, he still believes that it is possible to actually experience the effect not because of the effects from the food but simply because of the psychological effect after believing in a fantasy.
Similar sentiments are put forth by Darius A. Paducah, M.D., Ph.D., sexual health director at Weill Cornell Medical College who says that many people believe the foods will work and they do. But, it's not because of some special ingredient in the food but the belief that you will see a rise in your libido or sex drive. He relates the effects to that of Viagra where studies have shown that 30% of the increased libido comes from the thinking of achieving a stronger erection and not due to increase in Nitric Oxide (NO) in the penile region.
However, there is still the other side of the divide that strongly believes that natural aphrodisiacs work. Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., certified sexologist and author of “Getting the Sex You Want” states that natural aphrodisiacs have been around for many years and have helped men boost their sex drive. Some communities such as the Aztecs even went a step further and referred the avocado (a natural aphrodisiac) as testicles. This was after experiencing the effects after consuming the fruit.
In a study undertaken by the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, a group of 40 men suffering from erectile dysfunction were fed with L-Arginine and Pycnogenol (compounds found in natural aphrodisiacs). After one month, 80% of the men experienced a rise in sex drive and were able to maintain stronger erections. The number rose to 92% after three months and this was due to rise in nitric oxide.
Looking at the above arguments, some people are of the opinion that natural aphrodisiac work because the user thinks it will work while other people believe that the essential ingredients such as zinc, Pycnogenol, L-Arginine, and amino acids among other ingredients stimulate the production of nitric oxide. Due to the great divide and non-conclusive evidence, the debate on whether natural aphrodisiacs for man work or not isn’t about to end.