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Top 7 Other Aphrodisiacs Throughout History

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An aphrodisiac (or love drug) is a substance that increases sex drive when consumed. The name comes from the Greek aphrodisiakum, pertaining to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Cannabis is an example of such a substance. Both CBD and THC have been known to help with intimate energy and The Love Potion 710 seen on the cover has THC, CBD, and 15 other herbs known around the world to increase libido. Here’s a list of seven others. Some are good, some are bad and some are in between, but listed here in no special order. Enjoy, and love hard.

1. Spanish Fly
Cantharidin, known popularly as Spanish Fly, is a toxic preparation of the dried bodies of Spanish fly beetles, formerly used as an aphrodisiac. It is a yellow-brown color, of disagreeable scent and is bitter to taste. Since it was sometimes deadly, it is no longer available.

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2. Sea Urchin

An aphrodisiac in Japan for centuries, sea urchin (uni), rose to popularity in the USA in the late 20th century. It’s actually the gonads of these hermaphrodite creatures from the sea that are scooped out of the urchin’s spiny shell in 5 custard-like, deliciously golden sections.

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3. Oysters
Oysters are a good source of zinc, which is indeed necessary for a healthy male sperm count. Some of oysters’ aphrodisiac appeal is the sensuality of the eating experience itself. Oysters also boost dopamine, a hormone that increases libido in both men and women.

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4. Asparagus
The aphrodisiac quality of this spring vegetable is more than its phallic shape, although it was probably appearance that first earned it’s amorous reputation. It’s also packed with vitamin E known to stimulate sex hormones, including estrogen in women and testosterone in men.

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5. Deer Penis Wine
According to traditional Chinese medicine, deer penis, especially if ingested while soaked in alcohol (deer penis wine), is said to enhance virility, and is thought to be an aphrodisiac. Even Hippocrates recommended consuming deer penis to resolve sexual difficulties.

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6. Shark Fin Soup
Shark is one of the most controversial foods considered an aphrodisiac. Sharks are caught, their fins are removed, and the finless bodies are returned to the sea where they sink to the bottom of the ocean. Shark fin soup is a treatment for aging and is also used as an aphrodisiac.

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7. Eggs
In many cultures around the world, eggs are a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. Eggs also provide a combination of vitamin B5 and vitamin D. B5 is needed for the production of sex hormones, including oestrogen and testosterone, while vitamin D is essential for reproduction.

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Patrick Ian Moore

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