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Can You Keep Things Hot in the Bedroom with Spicy Foods?

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If you like your guacamole spicy and your wings extra hot, you may be getting way more benefits from your spicy fix than just delighting your taste buds. You could be decreasing your appetite while boosting your energy and libido.

The compound in spicy peppers that gives them their heat is called capsaicin. Studies show that capsaicin increases your energy levels by stimulating the activity in your sympathetic nervous system- where your "fight or flight" instinct originates.

Simultaneously, eating spicy food has been shown to increase the feeling of satiety, so you feel fuller while eating less. Spicy food has a storied reputation as an aphrodisiac, although the exact mechanisms for the spice-libido connection have never been made crystal clear.

But an interesting study by French researchers from the University of Grenoble-Alpes may shed some light on the link. The study introduces the topic by citing previous research showing that a preference for spicy food has been linked to masculine personality traits like anger, irritability, and a propensity for thrill-seeking activities.

One study found that people who are very extroverted chose spicy selections from a cookbook. Another study found that people who like spicy food are highly responsive to status rewards like money and sex.


The Hypothesis

The French researchers point out that diet has an essential impact on behaviors related to hormones--including behaviors influenced by testosterone, such as aggression, social dominance, novelty-seeking behaviors. Since these behaviors happen to be similar to the practices of people who prefer spicy food, the researchers hypothesized that salivary testosterone levels would be higher in men who reported a preference for spicy food.

They also suggested that their testosterone levels would be positively associated with the level of hot sauce participants voluntarily sprinkled on a meal served in a laboratory setting.

The researchers took out a newspaper advertisement looking for male participants to attend a food-tasting session. The men were told it was organized by a food research company that would use the results to commercialize the food in the future. The 114 men participating in the study came from diverse backgrounds and educational levels.


The Study

Before the tasting activity started, the men filled out a questionnaire rating on how much they liked spicy foods and salty foods. Then, each participant was given a plate of mashed potatoes, plastic capsules of Tabasco sauce, and sachets of salt, the control substance. The sensory effects of the salt and Tabasco doses were labeled one through six. One dose of Tabasco was considered "spicy," while one dose of salt was considered "salted." Six or more doses of salt corresponded to "excessive burning sensation," and Tabasco's six or more doses corresponded to "risks of temporary extinction of the sense of taste." After the tasting session, the participants were asked to rate how spicy or salty their meal was, from one to five. Saliva samples were then collected from each participant and tested for salivary testosterone.


The Results

Consistent with the researchers' hypothesis, a statistically significant correlation between the reported preference for spicy food, the amount of spice put on the food, and the salivary testosterone level in the subject was found.

This study is the first connection between behavioral preference for spicy food to testosterone levels in a laboratory setting. It provides researchers with new insight into biological considerations for food preferences by helping them understand the connection between hormonal processes and the food we eat.

A previous study found that serum testosterone levels were increased in rats fed a diet containing capsaicin. However, human studies are needed to evaluate further the relationship between elevated testosterone levels and spicy food consumption.


Key Takeaway

You may have elevated testosterone levels if you enjoy spicy food, which can translate to better performance in bed. If you don't like spicy food, all is not lost. Research shows that repeatedly tasting a spicy solution, like hot sauce, over a two-week period can reduce the intensity of the burn and increase the enjoyment of the sensation associated with consuming capsaicin.

Meanwhile, if you're looking to seriously spice things up in bed, a daily dose of Predoxen Male Enhancement can help. Predoxen contains 18 pure, all-natural ingredients, including capsaicin from cayenne peppers, that have been shown to improve sexual performance, increase libido and pleasure, and promote free testosterone and nitric oxide levels for harder, longer-lasting erections.




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