Monday, January 4, 2010

Can Certain Foods Kill Your Sex Drive?

Most of us know that oysters are commonly known as aphrodisiacs, whether in truth in myth, and yohimbine has been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years, however, are there foods that can kill your libido? There may be truth to these, or merely myth as well, but some brief researching came up with the following short list:

Soy- Soy is well known to be heart healthy, and an ingredient in many foods, however, soy contains phytoestrogens, which may be good for the cardiovascular or inhibit prostate growth but it can throw the Testosterone/Estrogen ratio off, whether male or female. Estrogen may be the “female hormone”, but libido in men and women are driven by testosterone. Anything that upsets this imbalance may drive the libido down. What else can offset this ratio in women?- Oral contraceptives and oral hormone replacement therapy. Again, good for your heart, and may prevent a baby, but may be bad for sex drive.

Licorice- huge quantities of black licorice which contains glycyrrhizin has been shown in studies to lower testosterone in men and women. Red licorice usually does not contain glycyrrhizin.

Tonic water- Used as a home remedy for leg cramps because it contains quinine. (Quinine has also been used to treat malaria.) However quinine has been shown to lower testosterone levels and testosterone production in rat studies.

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