Since the dawn of time, men have been hunting for a natural aphrodisiac that, when ingested, would transform them into sexual dynamos. Most of what they’ve tried have been harmless, but unpalatable, to say the least.
In China, men might be prescribed a meal of sea slugs, whose reputation for imparting potency comes from their tendency to swell when touched. In other cultures, things such as a beheaded male partridge are used to enhance sexual prowess.
Sure, other foods and plants help. In South Africa, there are about 25 plants used for male reproductive ailments, the majority of which are used as aphrodisiacs and to treat impotency.
Although there has been skepticism on the biological effects of these foods and plants, advances in scientific research have started to demonstrate the efficacy of these natural aphrodisiacs using animal models.
Researchers as far back as 1985 have also listed over 50 plants used by Zimbabwean males in treating sexual dysfunction.
Additionally, aphrodisiac activity has been attributed to nutritional boost by the food plants leading to improved well-being and hence boosting sexual performance and libido. Such food plants as garlic, Nutmeg, date palm, Indian almond, bitter kola, alligator pepper and root of Mondia whitei have been shown to improve erectile function and sexual performance in experimental animals.
Mondia whitei (white’s ginger or isirigun in Yoruba), Sclerocarya birrea (marula or jelly plum) fruit, Chenopodium album (wild leafy vegetable)root, and Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed are food products claimed to possess aphrodisiac activity.
Scientists have demonstrated their erectile and fertility enhancing effects and found that some are more effective than the other. For instance a comparison of Mondia whitei (white’s ginger), Sclerocarya birrea (marula) fruit, Chenopodium album (wild leafy vegetable), and Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed in male rats found Sclerocarya birrea (fruit juice and pulp extract) to be most effective. This was followed by C. pepo and the least was C. Album. Mondia whitei was used as the control.
In the study, the researchers found there was no change in number of ejaculations and sperm count when these four plants with aphrodisiac activity were tested. Similarly, they all increased sperm motility. However, only M. whitei and pumpkin seed treatments resulted in increased serum testosterone levels. The hormone plays a role in erection.
The 2015 study was published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Scientists had suggested that the sustained stimulatory effects of M. whitei on sexual behaviour over the 28 day study period were partly as a result of the observed increased testosterone levels.
The study, which validated traditional use of these plants in increasing aspects of sexual potency, was also said to increase sperm motility by reducing oxidative stress in the testis.
While declaring that “the preferential effects of different plants on testosterone production, libido and erection may augment sexual function when taken in combination”, they said further studies are warranted to further elucidate effects of various doses, longer treatment periods and effects of plant combinations.
An ailing prostate can reduce your ability to have erections. Previously, foods such as pumpkin seeds, in particular because it contains oils can ease the discomfort and pelvic pressure associated with enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia- BPH). These seeds which are high in zinc are an ultimate ingredient for healthy sperm production and in preventing testosterone deficiency in men.
Watermelon has so many nutrients, some of which are potent for sexual performance. Researchers at Texas A&M University discovered that watermelon have potent properties to boost sexual performance, linking this to the variety if ingredients that it contains that can collectively stimulate blood vessels and increase libido.
Researchers have also been talking about Ginkgo biloba’s ability to increase blood flow and produce better erections. In a recent German study, 20 men with severe impotence took an 80 milligram capsule three times a day for nine months. Every participant reported spontaneous erections and marked increase in hardness.
A hit of caffeine could perk up more than just your energy levels.A new study by the University of Texas, found that men who drank two coffees a day were 42 per cent less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than men who did not drink coffee. Researchers believe caffeine relaxes the arteries, leading to increased blood flow in the penis. At least it does in female rats.
Recent studies published in Asian Journal of Andrology, concluded that the kernel of T. catappa seeds has aphrodisiac activity and suggest that moderate consumption of kernel of seed of T. catappa may be useful in the treatment of certain forms of sexual inadequacies, such as premature ejaculation.
The presented findings to show that seeds of T. catappa possess potent aphrodisiac activity and provides scientific evidence in favour of the claims made in Ayurvedic medicine in Sri Lanka regarding this action.
Goat head (Tribulus terrestris) is a common herb in Nigeria that is popularly referred to as hana taakama in Hausa and da ogun daguro in Yoruba. Its use in humans and animals improves libido and sperm production. It is also found to increase the levels of testosterone produced.