Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Saffron and ginseng ‘shown to boost sexual desire’



People looking to spice up their love life should try adding saffron and ginseng to their diet, according to a new study.
Both are proven to increase sexual desire, according to the latest scientific review of natural aphrodisiacs.
Saffron, which is produced from the dried stigmas of the Crocus sativus flower, is a spice commonly used in Spanish, Italian and Indian cuisine. Gingseng is a root which is..

also reupted to boost memory and stamina.
The study by a team at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada also found that people can indulge in wine and chocolate, but need to know that the amorous effects are probably all in their head.
The researchers also found that people should stay away from more obscure so-called “aphrodisiacs” Spanish fly and Bufo toad.

While purported to be sexually enhancing, they produced the opposite result and can even be toxic.
ThEse are among the findings of the study by Massimo Marcone, a professor in Guelph’s Department of Food Science, and master’s student John Melnyk. The results will appear in the journal Food Research International.
“Aphrodisiacs have been used for thousands of years all around the world, but the science behind the claims has never been well understood or clearly reported,” Professor Marcone said.
“Ours is the most thorough scientific review to date. Nothing has been done on this level of detail before now.”
There is a need for natural products that enhance sex without negative side effects, he added.
Currently, conditions such as erectile dysfunction are treated with synthetic drugs, including sildenafil (commonly sold as Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis).
“But these drugs can produce headache, muscle pain and blurred vision, and can have dangerous interactions with other medications. They also do not increase libido, so it doesn’t help people experiencing low sex drive,” he said.

The researchers examined hundreds of studies on commonly used consumable aphrodisiacs to investigate claims of sexual enhancement psychological and physiological. Ultimately, they included only studies meeting the most stringent controls.
They found that panax ginseng, saffron and yohimbine, a natural chemical from yohimbe trees in West Africa, improved human sexual function.
People report increased sexual desire after eating muira puama, a flowering plant found in Brazil; maca root, a mustard plant in the Andes; and chocolate. Despite its purported aphrodisiac effect, chocolate was not linked to sexual arousal or satisfaction, the study said.
“It may be that some people feel an effect from certain ingredients in chocolate, mainly phenylethylamine, which can affect serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain,” Professor Marcone said.
Alcohol was found to increase sexual arousal but to impede sexual performance.

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