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Old 05-02-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
Default Clams raise testosterone levels via NMDA



Oysters may deserve their sexy reputation

26 March 2005
From New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues.

FABLED for its power to turn ordinary mortals into sex gods, nothing
beats the oyster as the prelude to a night of passion. And no, it's not
all hype.

High levels of a chemical that boosts libido have been found in clams, a
close relative of the oyster, suggesting that their reputation is not

Even their texture is enough to turn some people on. "Oysters are so
sensual just in their nature," says Diane Brown, the Los Angeles-based
author of The Seduction Cookbook, "They have that slippery, slurpy
sensation when you eat them that makes them very seductive."

Raul Mirza at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and his
colleagues compared levels of the amino acid N-methyl-D-aspartate in
Mediterranean clams and other animals. Previous studies in animals have
shown that the chemical affects sex drive by raising testosterone
production. The clams had around double the level found in rat brains,
the team told the American Chemical Society's annual meeting in San
Diego, California.

Mirza is not an oyster fan, but his study could change that. "I just
might consider adding them to my daily diet," he says. "Why not?"

From issue 2492 of New Scientist magazine, 26 March 2005, page 21
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