The real question is, will eating oysters turn you on or help you perform better in bed? Sure you have eaten oysters before as you are reading this, then did you feel that way after? 

The connection between oysters and sex is traced back to Giacomo Casanova, a famed Italian romantic, more than 200 years ago. He was known to eat them for breakfast to boost his libido, but how sexually arousing are the bivalves for the rest of us? Is there any scientific evidence that they actually work?

The science is still out on the oyster’s ability to jumpstart one’s sex drive, however, there is still some rigorous scientific proof to show that oysters can spark erotic desire.

A study conducted by the American Chemical Society in 2005 reported that bivalve molluscs such as clams, oysters, mussels and scallops, had been found to have desire-inducing properties. Bivalves are rich in zinc, which is an important nutrient in raising testosterone levels and spermatogenesis in men. They also contain specific amino acids like D-aspartic acid and N-Methyl-D-aspartate, as well as serotonin, which may help with activating the pleasure response in the brain and body. There is therefore the potential that oysters may help sexual arousal, at least for men. 

However, human sexual desire is a complex biological phenomenon. It involves much more than just a simple hormone tweak and is strongly influenced by factors like interpersonal relationships and socio-cultural influences. If you are not into the person that you are about to undergo an int imate workout, it’s unlikely that popping oysters into your system will help. 

After all, oysters are incredibly delicious and an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, C and D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. It helps with boosting our body’s health and overall functions. So if oysters remind you of romance and get you in the good mood, why not just eat some?

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