Oys­ters and the Human Sex Drive

Oys­ters and the Human Sex Drive


Pre­vi­ously, we did a piece enti­tled “Food, Sex and the Senses”, where we looked at some of the foods that increase the human sex drive/​libido. One of these such foods was oys­ters. In this piece, we look more indepthly at this par­tic­u­lar food as well as the sci­en­tific evi­dence behind oys­ters as an aphrodisiac.

Leg­end has it that Casanova, the 18th cen­tury lover, ate 50 oys­ters for break­fast every day and this increased his sex­ual libido and sta­mina. Research has shown that oys­ters con­tain hor­mone induc­ing amino acids that trig­ger increased lev­els of sex hor­mones. In fact, it is dur­ing the spring time that these fish are said to have their great­est aphro­disiac qual­ity. How­ever for oys­ters to have their great­est effec­tive­ness, they must be eaten raw, as cook­ing them reduces the quan­tity of vital com­po­nents needed for the increased libido.

In addi­tion to amino acids, research has also shown that oys­ters con­tain cer­tain com­pounds that increase both testos­terone and estro­gen lev­els. This hor­mone boost for both men and women is what is said to lead to height­ened sex­ual desire and sta­mina. In addi­tion to this, oys­ters also con­tain high quan­ti­ties of zinc that aids in blood flow to the gen­i­tals. Zinc is said to be the most effec­tive nutri­ent in enhanc­ing the human libido. For men espe­cially, zinc is impor­tant. Men lose between 13 mil­ligrams of zinc (in their sperm) per ejac­u­la­tion. There­fore, the high quan­tity of zinc in oys­ters can be par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for men. The zinc can also improve sperm count, swim­ming abil­ity and sex­ual potency. For women, zinc is also ben­e­fi­cial. It may help ovaries, the source of the key sex hor­mones for women, stay healthy. In addi­tion to this, they aid in vagi­nal lubrication.

http://​troy​grover​.com/: ” >There is more to the aphro­disiac nature of oys­ters than the chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion. It is said that the suck­ing of oys­ters is quite erotic, espe­cially when the cou­ple feeds each other. Oys­ters have a very slip­pery tex­ture, which adds to the sen­sual nature of the taste. So in addi­tion to the actual chem­i­cal makeup of oys­ters, they also make a great fore­play food.


As stated ear­lier, for the full effect, oys­ters should be used raw. The best way to do this is to put them on a bed of ice, and use a spicy sauce or some freshly squeezed lemon juice and then suck them from the shell.

How­ever, despite these ‘sci­en­tific facts’, some argue there is no such thing as an aphro­disiac food. With ref­er­ence to oys­ters’ zinc con­tent, it is most ben­e­fi­cial to those with a zinc defi­ciency and can increase their testos­terone level but there is no evi­dence that states that it increases sex­ual desire. Most of the argu­ments negat­ing the impact of oys­ters on sex drive note that these are based on myth and folk­lore, not fact. Also, it is argued that oys­ters could sim­ply be hav­ing placebo effect: that is, it could be caus­ing an effect because the per­son expects it to, not because it actu­ally does. Thus, while oys­ters may con­tain chem­i­cal prop­er­ties that aid in the pro­duc­tion and secre­tion of cer­tain sex hor­mones, thus increas­ing sex drive, there is a lot of myth attached to oys­ters and their impact on the human sex drive.

There­fore it seems the impact of oys­ters on the sex drive could be a dual effect between the phys­i­cal com­po­si­tion of the oys­ters (the resem­blance of oys­ters to the female gen­i­talia, the slip­pery, slimy tex­ture) and the chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion (zinc, amino acids). Due to this, it may be hard to deter­mine sci­en­tif­i­cally that oys­ters are 100% an aphro­disiac. One thing is for cer­tain: depute the divide of opin­ions as to whether the impact of oys­ters on sex drive is myth or fact, what­ever works for you as a per­son or cou­ple is cer­tainly worth the try.

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