Metal bowl with vitamin E oil

The Benefits of Vitamin E – including why it’s called the sex vitamin

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. The benefits of vitamin E in this dose include preventing free radicals and lowering the risk of heart disease.

Natural sources of vitamin E

It isn’t hard to get your 15 mg each day from fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  You can also find a wealth of vitamin E in vegetable oils. Some of the best sources of the vitamin include soybean, canola, grape seed, cottonseed and avocado oil. 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 like the one from this grilled chicken salad recipe).

The E mojo magic

Incorporating this 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.  The benefits of vitamin E include 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 slowdown in blood circulation or a weak immune system causes you to have less energy and poorer physical performance. It’s the kind of deficiency that could keep you not only from running or dancing, but from 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.

Want to get more of the benefits of vitamin E? Try this vitamin E rich recipe for Citrus Massaged Kale with Oyster Mushrooms and Scrambled Eggs.


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