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the top 10 natural aphrodisiacs

STOCK up on these 10 natural aphrodisiacs to put some passion into your weekend.

>Rhodiola Rhodiola is an "adaptogen" herb, which -- it is claimed -- addresses the underlying causes of waning sexual appetite, such as stress and poor diet. It is popular in Russia, where it is used to promote sex drive and keep the ageing process at bay.

>Oysters Casanova was said to consume 50 oysters for breakfast each day. Recent studies show the bivalve molluscs are rich in rare amino acids that can trigger increased levels of sex hormones.

>Epimedium Also known as Horny Goat Weed, it is largely endemic to southern China, and is said to treat fatigue and improve sexual function by altering specific hormone levels.

>Yohimbe Bark Deriving from a evergreen tree native to western Africa, Yohimbe bark has traditionally been used to increase sexual desire and treat erectile dysfunction. A powerful hallucinogen, it should be taken, if at all, with caution -- a standardised form is prescribed by Western doctors to treat male impotence.

>Goji Berries The goji berry is produced by an evergreen shrub found in China, Mongolia and Tibet. It has been favoured by herbalists for more than 6,000 years for its anti-oxidant content. It is said to improve fertility and sexual performance.

>Chinese Ginseng A natural stimulant, Ginseng can be enjoyed as a tea or food supplement, and is said to boost libido and sexual stamina. Most commonly available in a dried form, the plant extract is said to possess both stress-busting and energising qualities.

>Truffles "As soon as the word is spoken, it awakens lustful and erotic memories among the skirt-wearing sex and erotic and lustful memories among the beard-wearing sex," wrote French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Savarin, in 1825. It was first favoured by the Romans and the Greeks for its therapeutic and aphrodisiacal properties.

>Ginkgo Biloba Ginkgo Biloba is thought to improve blood circulation, thereby increasing the supply of oxygen to the heart and brain. The effect of this is also considered beneficial in the treatment of male impotence.

> Spanish Fly A beetle also known as Cantharides, the male Spanish fly releases a powerful chemical to seduce its female counterpart. The supplement is a popular aphrodisiac among humans. >Suzy Belton


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