Named for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sensuality, eroticism, and sexuality, an aphrodisiac is something that turns you on and increases your desire to have sex. Aphrodisiacs may also improve your ability to have sex. This means that under the right circumstances almost anything could have aphrodisiac qualities. Most people think of something to eat or drink when they think of aphrodisiacs. Traditionally, aphrodisiacs were foods and plant extracts. Now they’re also human-made substances.
Some aphrodisiacs work because they feed your body what it needs to produce your own natural sexy chemicals. A number of the aphrodisiacs mentioned in our women’s and men’s sections fall into the category referred to as adaptogens. These substances work with your central nervous system (CNS) to deliver more energy and endurance when you need them. But unlike other CNS stimulants, such as caffeine or amphetamines, they don’t give you that extra boost and then follow it with a big letdown. They don’t deplete your body’s reserves; instead, they build them. (more…)