Five Spices and Roots That Enhance Sexual Life and Overall Body Health
All through the ages, man has been looking for ways to improve on his sexual performance. From the most primitive concoctions of spices or herbs to the much modern Viagra, the quest for masculinity is endless. Even the poor rhinoceros and elephants become victims just because of the belief that these animals' horns and tusks, respectively, contain ingredients that can make a difference between a wimp and a brute.
What many people don't know is the fact that there are common spices that have sexually-energizing effects with less or none of the side effects. These are spices that anybody can find around, in the kitchen, or the supermarket, or in rural areas just a dig away. Spices are an ubiquitous part of food.
Hereunder are spices that are usually taken for granted, but which, aside from these spices' general curative effects, can help bring back the excitement in married life.
1. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Don't you know that the lowly ginger is an aphrodisiac? According to the scientists of the University of Salerno in Italy, ginger can help a person no longer in the bloom of youth to regain his youthful ability to love and to be loved. Once, the Portuguese even fed their male slaves with it that made them amorous. They were then inclined to reproduce more and increase the slave population. Meanwhile, the Arabs use it to awaken carnal desire while in Senegal, women wear belts of ginger to arouse their husbands!
This property is backed up by scientific evidence. Ginger has vasodilating effects, which means that blood flows more freely in the circulatory system. And the body's mid-region is especially benefited. Ginger is best used fresh, grated or preserved.
2. Onion (Allium cepa)
Onions are also known to increase the urge for a healthy sexual life. It is recommended that to gain this benefit, one has to consume one tablespoon of onion juice along with a spoonful of ginger juice thrice a day. This could be attributed to the natural anti-clotting properties of onion. It aids in the proper circulation of blood.
Onions contain sulfur, a potent compound responsible for the distinctive smells. Aside from this, onions have allyl propyl disulphide, chromium, vitamin C, flavonoids, and quercitin. These nutrients help lower blood sugar due to the insulin-boosting property of allyl propyl disulphide, lower cholesterol and therefore blood pressure, boost gastrointestinal health through the flavonoids and quercitin, prevents cancer, help maintain bones through the newly-discovered mineral called gamma-L-glutamyl-trans-S-1-propenyl-L-cysteine sulfoxide or GPCS that slows down bone-breaking cells, and lastly prevent inflammation and bacterial growth.
3. Garlic (Allium sativum)
Although not smelling that good, garlic can enhance sexual function not only for men but even women. It is, however, slow-acting. It would take a high intake of about 10 capsules of garlic every day for a month before the desired effect is achieved.
Garlic contains more than 100 biologically useful substances including alliin, alliinase, allicin, S-allylcysteine, diallyl sulfide, allyl methyl trisulfide. These substances in garlic can lower blood levels of "total" cholesterol and the dangerous low-density lipoprotein (LDL) form. Garlic is also an anti-coagulant which is a very important property that aids blood circulation. Garlic, like onion, can also lower blood pressure. In response to the body's production of angiotensen I-converting enzyme (ACE), blood pressure increases. Blood pressure drugs work as "ACE inhibitors," blocking formation of ACE. This is also true for garlic because it contains gamma-glutamylcysteine, a natural ACE inhibitor.
4. Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Everybody is familiar with the overall health effects of ginseng roots. This is why ginseng is a ingredient in health foods and food supplements. Murphy and Lee's (2002) study on rats has shown that ginseng roots enhances libido and copulatory performance. It is in fact used in the treatment of sexual dysfunction.
Ginseng roots contains Vitamins A and B6 and minerals zinc and germanium, which aids in the production of thymic hormones. The production of thymic hormones is necessary for the immune system to function efficiently. Ginseng's main active ingredients ginsenosides or panaxosides, or generally the saponins, contain a strong antioxidant component that has been shown in clinical studies to aid in combating the effects of aging. Saponins are effective against pain, inflammation, convulsion, and are also known to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels thus lower blood pressure.
5. Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia)
Tongkat ali is known as a sex-boosting dynamo root that has been proven to be effective in building testosterone, a male hormone. A study by Professor Saad of Malaysia revealed that when animals were given a certain doze of tongkat ali extract, animals copulate three to four times more frequently than normal.
Relative to the other spices or roots with pharmaceutical benefits, tongkat ali is not yet well-studied. However, many studies, reviews and reports suggest that the active ingredient in tongkat ali roots increases the amount of free testosterone in the body.
Although spices and roots like ginger, onion, garlic, ginseng and tongkat ali can help treat sexual dysfunction, care should be taken in consuming these spices to avert potential harmful effects. Advice from a qualified health professional like a herbalist or those well-versed in practicing naturopathy should be sought when contemplating of using these spices in greater concentration.
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