As a doctor, I receive questions every day varying from heart health to infertility. Some questions are – how should I say this – more unique than others. Take today’s question, for example.
A guy just e-mailed me wanting to know if he could eat his way to attractiveness. Wow. I should have thought of that before I settled down with my wife, especially with all the food I eat. But I admit, it got me curious. So, here is his question and my answer.
Are there foods out there that will make a man more attractive to women? If so, what are they? Thanks! – Joshua
Well, Joshua, I have a question in return for you: Have you ever heard of pheromones?
Pheromones are chemicals that are excreted by the human body, causing changes in the behavior or physiology of others who are on the receiving end of them.
While this sounds like “fad” medicine, there is some scientific support that certain foods cause males to emit scents or hormones, which make them more attractive to females.
The first of these foods is celery, which naturally contains a male steroid hormone called androstenene. While widely regarded as “rabbit food,” eating celery supposedly causes your sweat glands to release the pheromone androstenol, which is often used in sprays and colognes as an aphrodisiac to attract women.
Celery is also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, fiber, calcium and vitamin B6, so even if you’re doubtful of its lady-killing potential, it’s still a good staple to have in your diet.
The next food you should try is truffles. It isn’t the cheapest diet additive, but according to researchers, truffles contain androstenone and androstenol, like celery.
Besides pheromones, truffles also contain high amounts of protein as well as calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Finally, I’d recommend trying parsnips for both the pheromones and the boost of boron, which helps your body metabolize estrogen and enhances blood levels of testosterone.
Parsnips are fat-free and a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and fiber.
If you’re interested in more solid science, studies have shown that foods that contain vitamin C or zinc, such as oysters, are great for your skin and have noticeable anti-aging properties, while foods with high amounts of biotin, such as swiss chard, are good for healthy hair.
However, despite the fact that these foods may help, please remember women like respect, appreciation, good moral values and a kind and healthy heart. So don't eat too much.
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Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Click here for more information on Dr. Manny's work with Hackensack University Medical Center. Visit AskDrManny.com for more.