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Aphrodisiacs People all over the world have been is search of foods, formulas and fuctions meant to stimulate sexual desire and enhance performance.. As medical science has given us a better understanding of human sexuality, research has shown us how some well-known and not so well-known aphrodisiacs actually work with our body chemistry to lead to stimulation and excitement. Viagra and hormone replacement therapy are a modern way to the desire for desire, but science is uncovering how vitamins and minerals in foods, chemical in ancient aphrodisiacs herbs, and even exercise can initiate chemical flow leading to the excitement of sexual desire.

Food has always played a part in our sexuality. Today, research has discovered some of the best known aphrodisiacs that are safe for eating. They contain certain vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy reproductive system. Oysters have been considered the food of love and that is because oysters are high in zinc, which is a mineral used to produce testosterone.

Asparagus are high in vitamin E, which are considered to stimulate sex hormones. Chilies also have that effect because it contains Capsaicin, which stimulates nerve endings to release chemicals, increasing the heart rate and sets free endorphins which gives you a natural high.

Smell is the most ancient of human senses and, unlike sight and touch, goes through a direct route to the brain where it can provoke an emotional reaction like a turn on. The fragrance industry has tried to create synthetic versions of pheromones. They aren't called aphrodisiacs, they are advertised as mood enhancers designed to help you relax. There is no proof that fragrances can deliver any kind of erotic promise but the pheromone perfumes sales have greatly increased in the past years.

Exercise can also act as an aphrodisiac. Research...