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: