Are prawns aphrodisiac?
The benefits of shrimp are both entertaining and inspiring. Famed French mistress Madame DuBarry served her shrimp in Champagne sauce. Casanova’s traveling companion, Agnolo Torredano called it the, “food of life that makes it possible for this cold, old body to still enjoy the heat of passion.”
Even the United States has a salacious history with this crustacean. Spicy shrimp gumbo has a history as the aphrodisiac stew of the American South.
However, little further south–in the Caribbean–the application of shrimp as an aphrodisiac is a little more unusual. I’ve heard a rumor that in some Caribbean cultures there’s a practice of eating shrimp during sex to “double the pleasure.”
Although I find the idea odd, to say the least, maybe mixing this seafood with games of pleasure makes sense. After all, shrimp is packed with nutrition to support a great sex life.
Some shrimp health benefits
For one thing, the slippery, pink crustacean provides the body with iodine. What does iodine have to do with your sex life? Iodine is essential to the thyroid gland and basal metabolism. Iodine deficiency has been documented as reducing sex drive.
Shrimp benefits for your brain
In addition, like many forms of seafood, it offers Omega-3 fatty acids. And Omega-3’s are great for circulation and vital in the battle against aging. They’re also known to improve mood.
In other shrimp nutrition facts, this crustacean also offers iron and zinc. Best of all, the protein in prawns breaks down in the body to the amino acid phenylalanine. And this very special amino is proven to increase levels of sex drive-boosting neurotransmitters in the brain.
The future for shrimp lovers
Unfortunately, the practice of trawling for shrimp, a popular method for catching prawns, accounts for the world’s highest levels of bycatch. (Bycatch refers to the additional sea creatures accidentally scooped up in the shrimp nets.) As a result of trawling off the Gulf of Mexico and Thai shores, thousands of endangered sea turtles have been killed.
This has brought about a call to action among lawmakers. The likely outcome is a reduction in supply of shrimp on the worldwide market. As a result, we may soon see a jump in price for what is currently one of the most popular seafood aphrodisiacs.
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