Oil contains vitamin E

Why is Vitamin E Called the Sex Vitamin?

Delahna Flagg--Nutrition Director for EatSomethingSexy.comAphrodisiac Nutrition with

Delahna Flagg

Get to know the sex vitamin

Perhaps it comes from living in a city immersed in health and skin crazes, LA girl that I am, but I have always thought of vitamin E as essential to daily nutrition.  After all, vitamin E not only reduces wrinkles and softens skin but it also benefits circulation and the immune system. Best of all, vitamin E’s antioxidant properties protect the natural function of our bodies’ and, in turn, the effects of a vitamin E regimen will even benefit performance in the bedroom. In fact, it’s nicknamed “the sex vitamin.”

How much E is enough?

The recommended daily dose of vitamin E, or alpha tocopherol, is 15 milligrams per day to prevent free radicals and lower the risk of heart disease.  This tocopherol protects the nutrients within us as it helps prevent vegetable oils and food nutrients from going rancid. Vitamin E - aka the sex vitaminVitamin E’s prevalence in a balanced diet assures that the daily dose of 15mg is readily available (in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fortified foods).  You can also find a wealth of Vitamin E vegetable oils. Some of the best sources include soybean, corn, cottonseed and safflower oils. Other good sources are nuts, seeds and wheat germ. However heating these oils can destroy their vitamin content. (Instead of sautéing, you could consider a delicious vinaigrette).

The E mojo magic

Incorporating the sex vitamin into your diet will provide an increase in energy, very necessary for games of love.  The nutrient’s anti-oxidant power controls and eliminates free radicals which may cause bodily inefficiencies. It improves heart health by lowering bad cholesterol. And it prevents the plaque build up which could lead to heart failure or stroke.  Vitamin E will improve cardiovascular health and the body will store it for perpetually strengthening the immune system.

The body needs proper circulation and a strong immune system so it can rebuild and rejuvenate.  This vitamin improves upon these by interfering with the formation of bad cells which could form plaque or cause the body’s weakening.  (Yet another reason why it’s known as the sex vitamin!) A slow in blood circulation or a weak immune system causes a person to have less energy and a poorer physical performance.  A deficiency could keep you not only from running or dancing, but from–horrors--making love.  So, why not be mindful of what you put into your body. If you do, you will be rewarded by what you can put out.

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