Your Love Life Might Need a Boost of Vitamin E

Did you know that vitamin E is also known as the Sex Vitamin? Get your daily dose from vitamin E-rich foods. Photo: EatSomethingSexy.com

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013 — You may have heard that vitamin E is good for dry skin, can help heal cuts and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. But did you know that vitamin E is also known as the Sex Vitamin?

This popular and potent vitamin is noted for its ability to renew and improve energy. Some experts have gone so far as to suggest that ingesting a high-potency vitamin E capsule approximately a half hour before engaging in the horizontal cha cha will result in a flood of sexual energy that allegedly lasts for hours. (Unfortunately, the claim hasn’t been proven in clinical trials but there is no evidence to support this claim to be of a bogus nature. It certainly can’t hurt to try!)

You can see how this might be effective by considering how vitamin E works as a powerful antioxidant, protecting red blood cells from free radicals. The red blood cells are then able to carry their full supply of oxygen throughout the body, thereby providing the oxygen vital to performance. In addition, in collaboration with coenzyme Q10, vitamin E converts food into much needed energy.

Beyond its role in providing energy, vitamin E directly impacts sexual health. It is essential to the production of sperm, sex hormones and a pituitary hormone that stimulates the sex glands called gonadotropin. 

A daily dose of 15 milligrams of vitamin E is the recommended amount to help fight free radicals. This daily dosage is also proven to lower the risk of heart disease. Vitamin E is readily available in such a wide variety of food sources that there is absolutely no excuse for not getting your daily fix!

Summer is the perfect season to make a practice of getting your daily dose of vitamin E. Some of the best natural sources of the Sex Vitamin are leafy greens like spinach and mustard. Asparagus, one of the season’s most delicate and highly sought vegetables, also provides the body with much-needed E. Other delicious sources include avocados, almonds, bell peppers, sunflower seeds and eggs. You can also find a wealth of Vitamin E vegetable oils including soybean, corn, cottonseed, safflower, nuts, seeds, and wheat germ. However heating these oils can destroy their vitamin content. (Instead of sautéing, you could consider a tangy, homemade vinaigrette.)

Here are a few of my favorite vitamin E rich recipes perfect for summertime cooking:

The Never Boring Chicken Salad 

Hard Cooked Eggs in Brown Butter with Roasted Asparagus

Avocado and Bacon Pancakes

Annette’s Kale Salad

Chocolate Almond Seduction Cookies


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Amy Reiley

Amy Reiley is a food & wine writer, cookbook author, speaker and consultant recognized as a leading authority on aphrodisiac foods. She has a Master of Arts in Gastronomy awarded by France’s culinary temple, Le Cordon Bleu. It was during her time studying at Cordon Bleu, Amy rose to prominence for her work in culinary aphrodisiacs.

In 2006, Amy releases her first book, Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook. She is now the author of 4 cookbooks on the topic, including award-winning Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods. Her expertise has landed her guest spots on The Today Show, CBS Early Show, NPR and the Playboy Channel to name a few.

Amy is also the editorial director of EatSomethingSexy, as well as an internationally published wine critic and columnist. 

 

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