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Foods That Increase Potency

author image Ryan Biddulph
Based in New Jersey, Ryan Biddulph has been writing since 2010, with his articles appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM, among others. He has helped clients reach their personal fitness goals since 2001. He also runs an Internet marketing blog. He holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from Kean University and a certificate in Web development from the Cittone Institute.
Foods That Increase Potency
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Certain foods can improve sexual arousal in both men and woman. Aphrodisiacs come in the form of organic beverages and foods as well as drugs and chemicals. The Food and Drug Administration doesn't officially recognize aphrodisiac usage as a scientifically proven means to increase sexual arousal, but many people still use foods or drugs to improve sexual performance. Before making any dietary changes to increase potency please consult a physician.

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Phallic Foods

Asparagus, celery, bananas and other phallic-shaped foods are believed to possess potency-enhancing qualities. These foods are purported to extend sexual energy, enhance sex drive and performance and elicit sexual desire and arousal. Phallic foods are also low-calorie, nutrient-rich food choices that help to increase energy for active couples who desire to count calories.

Ginseng Tea

Dr. Mehmet Oz notes ginseng tea is an aphrodisiac that enhances libido. The beverage can effectively treat erectile dysfunction and elevate sexual arousal. Compounds in ginseng called ginsenosides affect gonadal tissues, increasing sperm count. The tea boosts sexual performance in men and women and can also elevate your metabolism. Chillies, curries and spicy foods are metabolism-boosters similar to ginseng. These foods produce perspiration and make the heart beat faster, two actions that commonly occur during sexual activity.


Since aphrodisiacs are not regulated by the FDA, exercise caution when using foods to increase potency. The purported aphrodisiac Spanish Fly carries potentially dangerous side effects. The compound, made from ground-up beetles, contains the active ingredient cantharidin. Cantharidin can cause painful prolonged erections, irritate the bladder or uretha or lead to death in the case of extended use. The chemical can also infect the genitourinary tract and lead to scarring of the urethral tissue.


Erectile disfunction prescription drugs like Viagra are synthetic aphrodisiacs used to increase male potency. Drugs like barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana have been used as aphrodisiacs also. It's believed these mind-altering drugs can provide pleasurable sensations or reduce inhibitions, but a different outcome could occur. Decreased sexual response and increased chemical dependency are two potentially negative side effects arising from prolonged recreational drug use. Using drugs can also impair judgment, making an individual more vulnerable to sexual assault.

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