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Are Oysters Aphrodisiacs For Men?

Updated on April 10, 2020
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Mazlan didn't think much about fitness and health before, but as age crept up on him he realized the importance of staying fit and healthy.

Are Oysters Good for You?

Are oysters an aphrodisiac and healthy to eat? For centuries we have thought so. Now scientific studies have given us enough evidence to support this claim. These studies showed oysters have chemical compounds that will increase the libido levels and boost sperm production, hence the perfect aphrodisiacs for men.

Why Are Oysters Aphrodisiac?

One of these studies showed that oysters are loaded with rare amino acids, D-aspartic acid (D-Asp) and N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) that are responsible for the increased levels of sex hormones and virility. This explained why ancient Romans feasted on mountains of oysters and oyster food. With the increased levels of testosterone and estrogen can you imagine the orgies that went on after that!

Ancient Roman's uninhibited lifestyle, too much oysters?
Ancient Roman's uninhibited lifestyle, too much oysters?

Oysters An Aphrodisiac and The Health Benefits of Oysters

Nutrients in Oysters

Oyster has a fine balance of carbohydrate, protein, and lipids. It is also an excellent source of Vitamins A, B1, B3, C & D. If you take four or five medium-size oysters this will give your recommended daily dosage of essential minerals such as zinc, manganese, iron, copper, magnesium, selenium and calcium.

These are the minerals that can spice up your love life.

Zinc In Oysters - For Testosterone

The high zinc content in oysters aids in the production of testosterone that is good for male virility. It also boosts sperm production. Zinc is also found in sperm and about one to three milligrams is lost during ejaculation.

Zinc deficiency can cause impotence in men. So, foods that are rich in zinc such as oysters, can be considered aphrodisiacs for men.

Zinc also regulates the progesterone levels, which has a positive impact on the libido level. In men, progesterone gets converted into testosterone. In women, progesterone helps control the menstrual cycles.

Zinc is also an essential element for collagen production in our body. As you know, collagen is important for good joint support and for a good complexion.

Phosphorus and Iodine For Stamina

Oysters also contain high quantities of phosphorus and iodine. These minerals are essential if you want an increased level of stamina.

Food High in Selenium for Male Potency

Oyster is one food high in selenium, a mineral that has antioxidant properties. It will protect cells from damage, and increase male potency and sex drive

Dopamine For Arousal

Oysters also contain dopamine, a hormone, and neurotransmitter known to raise the libido level by stimulating a part of the brain that causes arousal.

Oysters an aphrodisiac? It is packed with zinc, selenium, amino acids, phosphorus, iodine and other minerals that are essential to increase your libido level
Oysters an aphrodisiac? It is packed with zinc, selenium, amino acids, phosphorus, iodine and other minerals that are essential to increase your libido level | Source

Calories in Oysters

Oysters are low in fat but high in protein. Oysters are also low in calories with 57 calories per serving.

So, go ahead and have large servings of oysters without feeling guilty about eating.

Best Aphrodisiacs for Women?

With all the high content of amino acids and its excellent source of vitamins and minerals, oysters are not just the perfect aphrodisiacs for men but are also the best aphrodisiacs for women.

For the women, the oyster will increase the hormone level, improve libido, block osteoporosis, and control the menstrual cycles.

Oysters' Side Effects

Too much oyster can be bad as it is high in cholesterol and sodium. Both can result in higher blood pressure that leads to heart disease.

It can also contain bacteria that give diarrhea and fever.

Oysters also have allergen that gives skin rashes.

So, eat in moderation and be selective about where you buy or eat your oysters.

Are Raw Oysters Safe to Eat?

Raw oysters may contain harmful bacteria that can be fatal if you suffer from liver disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system. The US Food and Drug Administration, do not recommend eating raw oysters. For more info, click on this FDA site.

Do You Cook Oysters?

If you worry about eating a raw oyster, you can cook oysters either by steaming or grilling. Steam or grill for 5 minutes for a medium-cooked oyster. For well done, have it on for 10 minutes. For more cooking options, see below.

How To Eat Oysters

Oysters must never be eaten straight from the water. They need at least four days to settle before they can be eaten.

How to Serve Oysters

Despite the possible danger of eating raw oysters, many people still prefer to eat them alive and raw. They will serve it on a platter of crushed ice for the oysters to stay fresh longer. Some may add a dash of lemon juice or a drop of Tabasco to the raw oysters.

Other options for serving oysters are:

  • With a dash of shallot vinegar
  • With a dash of cocktail sauce
  • Eaten as smoked oysters
  • Baked with cheese
  • Oysters can also be boiled, roasted and stewed
  • Sometimes they are broiled and also steamed
  • They are also canned as well as pickled.
  • The Chinese will fry oyster with egg and flour

How to Buy Oysters

Oysters have a shelf life of up to two weeks. So, when you buy oysters choose live oysters with their shells tightly closed. If it is open, chances are the oyster is dead and not safe to eat. Another way to check if they are alive is when you cook them - the shell will open during cooking. If it doesn't, then the oyster was dead before it was cooked.

Now you can buy naturally-wood smoked oyster packed in pure cold-pressed olive oil so you don't have to worry about its freshness issue. It tastes great and I like the smoked flavor. I mixed them into my salad but you may want to eat them fresh from the can.

Can You Freeze Oysters?

No, it is not recommended. Once they are out of the water, you must refrigerate but not freeze them.

Oysters Anyone?

So, people. Now that you know oysters are aphrodisiacs for men and women, will you eat oysters to get that 'drive' you've been looking for?

Maybe not too fast, as you need to consume a large number of oysters to get results. It was reported that Casanova takes at least 50 oysters a day!

Are you up for it?

© 2012 Mazlan


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    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Thelma. Thanks for your kind words and your support. Hey, you can write a Hub on your oyster adventure! That will a good read.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Very interesting and informative hub! I love oysters but only the small ones. When I was a child, I collected oysters with my friends after washing our clothes from the coconut tree which was lying under the water of our Gihaw-an river. The river was still clean at that time. I did not know before that it has a lot of health benefits. Voted up and useful. SHARED.

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      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Hoteltravel, good of you to be back. Thank you for the feedback and the vote. And thanks for reading, I do appreciate it!

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      8 years ago from Thailand

      A well-researched article on an interesting topic. Voted up and interesting.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi diamondadvice, Thanks for dropping by. Give it a shot this weekend, see if it works!!

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      Liz Hancock 

      8 years ago

      interesting info, always wondered about oysters.


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