For centuries oysters have been linked to stimulate sexual desire among men and women. Is this actually true or something that people invented to boost oyster sales?
According to history, oysters have always been considered as luxury, expensive food served only on special occasions, events or places, with most common example being cabarets and brothels during the Roman Empire era. People visiting these places used to consume large quantities of oysters symbolising wealth and boldness. By combining these establishments and oysters people soon created a link between them. During the 1750s it is said that Giacomo Girolamo Casanova used to consume 60 oysters as breakfast everyday before seducing women. This effect managed to influence people to follow his footsteps whenever they had similar intentions.
In a more scientific note, in 2005 George Fischer (Chemistry Professor at Miami Barry University) conducted a research which included clams, oysters, mussels and scallops in order to solve this hoax. Although he discovered that mussels contain D-Aspartic acid (amino acid) which increased sex hormones in lab rats, he could not link this amino to oysters. The in-depth effect of D-Aspartic acid on humans is shown to increase testosterone, however on whether or not this chemical can constitute as aphrodisiac is still under study.
In 2015, Michael Krychman (Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine) suggested that certain amino acids and serotonin can stimulate pleasure response sensors in humans but none of these could link to oysters or constitute as aphrodisiac. On the contrary he suggests that as far as studies show no natural food alone has been proven to stimulate pleasure thus raising the another question; is it all in the mind?
People have been reporting that by consuming oysters they exhibit a happy state of mild euphoria, stimulating pleasure sensors. So, how could this be? Even though this has not been proved scientifically, we can only ask ourselves;
Is this just a large placebo effect?
What is your opinion?
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