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There's Only One Aphrodisiac According To Science

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You want to turn up the romance, so you consider ordering some oysters. Nature's aphrodisiac, right? We're sorry to rain on your parade, but according to science, aphrodisiacs aren't a thing. So what works, according to science? Watch the following videos to find out.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Animals use major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins to find a mate and research is showing that humans might as well. 00:30

  2. A 1995 study showed that women prefer people with a particular MHC scent. 01:03

  3. The scents with a person's own MHCs mixed in trigger a response in one area of the brain and different MHCs trigger another. 01:29

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