Want things to get real steamy in the bedroom? Many gobble down oysters, chocolate, or red wine in hopes of generating some extra heat. But even though common belief holds that these supposed aphrodisiacs tout the ability to , there’s little scientific evidence to prove they really can up that sex-drive Shamloul, R. Queen's University-Pharmacology, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2010 Jan;7(1 Pt 1):39-49. Epub 2009 Sep 30..

It's Gettin’ Hot in Here — Why It Matters

Aphrodisiacs are phenomena that pledge to heighten sexual desire. The list includes some foods that , which have gained them an erotic reputation (figs, cucumbers, and bananas, to name a few). But it looks like the Exhibit A? Oysters. Beyond , ahem, they also contain , which studies suggest boost the production of testosterone and improve sex drive Prasad, A.S. Mantzoros, C.S., Beck, F.W., et al. Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan. Nutrition, 1996 May;12(5):344-8.. However, has yet to prove oysters can actually (a.k.a. sex drive)— unless we eat an ocean’s full, perhaps Graziottin, A. Menopause Center, H. San Raffaele Resnati, Milan, Italy. Maturitas, 2000 Jan;34 Suppl 1:S9-16.. But not all hope is lost— studies suggest may help with arousal. ginseng and saffron could literally heat things up by . Nutmeg, , and ginger have also shown their sexy side, with scientists connecting them to sexual potency Tajuddin, A., Latif, A, Qasmi, I.A., et al. Department of Ilmul Advia, Faculty of Unani Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2005 Jul 20;5:16. Policegoudra, R.S., Aradhya, S.M., Singh, L. Department of Biotechnology, Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur, India. Journal of Biosciences, 2011 Sep;36(4):739-48.. (Although most studies have only been done on rats. Those frisky little critters!)

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Still, there are ways to help send some sexy vibes. A glass of wine may make a partner seem (no makeup required!), which could stimulate some steamy properties Friedman, R.S., McCarthy, D.M., Forster, J., et al. Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO. Addiction, 2005 May;100(5):672-81.. In the mood for something sweet? A bar of chocolate could boost the mood by helping to create a sensual ambiance Macht, M. Dettmer, D. Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg, Marcusstr. Würzburg, Germany. Appetite, 2006 May;46(3):332-6. Epub 2006 Mar 20.. The scent of pumpkin pie and lavender may also to make a little love (and .) But science has yet to find a real link between common so-called aphrodisiacs and frisky physical changes down under— very the belief that certain foods actually produce a sexual response, be it hormone production or rapid to certain organs. So rather than an eating a boat full of oysters followed by a few chocolate bars, try upping that mojo . Inactivity is connected with erectile dysfunction, so hitting the gym over the oyster bar may be the real solution to great sex Janiszewski, P.M., Janssen, I., Ross, R. School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009 Jul;6(7):1990-8. Epub 2009 Apr 28.. And remember, the results of a healthful diet and plenty of exercise could lead to improved self-esteem, which could be the best libido lifter yet Field, L.K., Steinhardt, M.A. Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas, Austin. American Journal of Health Promotion, 1992 Sep-Oct;7(1):21-7.. What do you think — do some aphrodisiacs really work? Share in the comments below!