Spice Up Your Sex Life!

Forget the Chocolate! Add Saffron and Ginseng to your nutrition plan. Both are proven performance boosters while chocolate and wine effects of sexual desire or performance is likely in your head.

March 28, 2011 – News Release Guelph University.

Ontario researchers have done it again. Guelph food science professor Massimo Marcone  and John Melnyk, a master’s student found studies to support good old herbs and spices can give results.

They found that panax ginseng, saffron and yohimbine, a natural chemical from yohimbe trees in West Africa, improved human sexual function.

People report increased sexual desire after eating:

muira puama, a flowering plant found in Brazil

maca root, a mustard plant in the Andes

chocolate, despite its claimed aphrodisiac effect, chocolate was not linked to sexual arousal or satisfaction [1]

Saffron Iran Saffron Threads

Did you know that saffron comes from our common flower, the crocus sativus?

Crocus Sativus by KENPEI’s photo

Public Domain KENPEI Crocus_sativus1

Saffron

contains more than 150 volatile and aroma-yielding compounds

– also has many nonvolatile active components, many of which are carotenoids, including:

1) zeaxanthin

2) lycopene

3) various ?- and ?-caratenoids

However, saffron’s golden yellow-orange colour is primarily the result of ?-crocin. [2]

So lets take a look at Saffron’s history:

Until now, the earliest known use was around 1000 B.C., with visual and written evidence for the myrtle, the lily, the poppy and others.

Now, scholars say, the dating of a volcanic eruption and botanically accurate wall paintings indicate that saffron has been a versatile medicine since 3,500 years ago.

They base their case on frescoes at Thera, a Greek island in the Aegean, that have been thought to depict a goddess overseeing the production of perfume or spice.

Instead, the scholars say, the frescos, from 1500 or 1600 B.C. — the exact date is a topic of debate — show the goddess presiding over the manufacture and use of a drug from the saffron flower. [3]

Either way, it shows the safe use of herbs and spices for hundreds of years. It sure is taking us a long time to catch up with science. Why have we taken our science ventures into chemical warfare rather than using the cures from nature? They are indeed fascinating!

Saffron History

Saffron was detailed in a 7th-century BC Assyrian botanical reference compiled under Ashurbanipal. [4]

Documentation of saffron’s use over the span of 4,000 years in the treatment of some 90 illnesses has been uncovered. [5]

Saffron-based pigments have indeed been found in 50,000 year-old depictions of prehistoric places in northwest Iran. [6]

The Sumerians later used wild-growing saffron in their remedies and magical potions [7] [8]

Ginseng 

Folk medicine attributes various benefits to oral use of American ginseng and Asian ginseng (P. ginseng) roots, including roles as an aphrosdisiac, stimulant, type II diabetes treatment, or cure for sexual dysfunction in men. [9]

Ginseng and Reishi mushrooms in bottles being sold in Seoul, Korea 

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Market-ginseng by yarra64

The price of wild ginseng roots has climbed in the last decade. Now domestic buyers pay $500 to $600 per pound compared with about $50 per pound of cultivated roots. Law enforcement officials say the prices have pushed people into the woods looking for quick money . [10]

Current popularity of such drugs as Viagra and Cialis to treat erectile dysfunction. Viagra and Cialis brought in $1.9 billion US and $1.7 billion US, respectively, last year for their parent companies, Pfizer Inc. and Eli Lilly and Co. [12]

Even young kids are asking for these drugs and mixing it with ecstasy which is really dangerous.

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References:
[4] Russo, E.; Dreher, M. C.; Mathre, M. L. (2003), Women and Cannabis: Medicine, Science, and Sociology (1st ed.), Psychology Press, ISBN 978-0-7890-2101-4 
[5] Honan, W. H. (2004), Researchers Rewrite First Chapter for the history of Medicine”, The New York Times (2 March 2004), retrieved 13 September 2011
[6] Willard, P. (2002), Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World’s Most Seductive Spice, Beacon Press, ISBN 978-0-8070-5009-5 
[7] Willard, P. (2002), Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World’s Most Seductive Spice, Beacon Press, ISBN 978-0-8070-5009-5
[8] Willard 2002, p. 2. Humphries 1998, p. 20, Humphries, J. (1998), The Essential Saffron Companion, Ten Speed Press, isbn 978-1-58008-024-8

[9] “As ginseng price soar, diggers take to the backcountry”, Retrieved 28 September 2012