What should I eat to secrete sweet nice smelling pheromones?

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Briana Fischella asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Im a 21 year old female and I know how influential smell is for attracting a mate. I was wondering what kinds of food you can eat to secrete sweet nice smelling pheromones? Any suggestions?

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What should I eat to secrete sweet nice smelling pheromones?
« Reply #1 on: 16/02/2009 10:01:46 »
Hi Briana

as far as we know, food intake is not linked to pheromone production over and above what would be produced by a healthily-nourished person anyway. i.e. some who is starving will not produce a range of things, including pheromones.

Pheromones are specialised chemicals produced in body secretions and which are recognised by specific receptors in the nose of a recipient. The docking of the pheromone with its target receptor triggers nerve signals that influence brain function.

Therefore, I think that the only links between food and attractiveness are a) candel-lit dinners for two and b) avoidance of sulphur-rich foods like garlic and onions, which have the reverse effect of an attractive pheromone!

Chris
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What should I eat to secrete sweet nice smelling pheromones?
« Reply #2 on: 16/02/2009 19:06:09 »
I reckon a nice smelling perfume would do a better job of attracting a mate. I thought humans aren't really effected by pheromones anymore?

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What should I eat to secrete sweet nice smelling pheromones?
« Reply #3 on: 17/02/2009 03:05:37 »
I thought no one could consciously notice them.
But perfume is always good [:)]