The New Sexual Vitamins: Familiar Vitamins with an Exotic Application
Sexual Vitamins - 2005 was the year we learned that medical science could provide more than one aphrodisiac for men. Previously bombarded with television ads for Viagra, we are now bombarded with ads for Levitra and Cialis, too.
But would you be surprised to learn that Mother Nature makes not three but nine sexual vitamins? That they deliver their desired effects for a lower price, and all their "side effects" are beneficial? That they are useful for both men and women?
These up and coming sexual vitamins are the tocopherols and tocotrienols, the eight components of vitamin E, plus the old friend, vitamin C.
The eight chemical constituents of vitamin E are alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol. Of these eight, alpha-tocopherol is the best known. It is the most potent antioxidant, the most frequently studied component of the vitamin E complex, and also the cheapest of the vitamin E chemicals to make in the lab.
Alpha-tocopherol is the most abundant form of vitamin E found in the body. It is the most abundant of the sexual vitamins.
Alpha-tocopherol recharges another heavy-duty antioxidant, vitamin C, but there are some tasks it does not perform. These are mostly carried about by other sexual vitamins, notably its kinder, gentler cousin, gamma-tocopherol, the other major form of vitamin E in food.
Vitamin E has a salutary effect on circulation. Next to desire, circulation is the most important aspect of sex life.
People seeking help with sexual difficulties should consider the many interdependencies of sexual vitamins such as vitamin E and sex drive. Most women who take vitamin E for at least 3 months notice stronger sexual desire, more engorgement, sensation, better lubrication, and intense climaxes. Most men who take vitamin E for at least a week notice more sexual energy, harder, longer lasting erections, more pleasure when touched, stronger libido, and more powerful and frequent orgasms.
To be active as sexual vitamins, the eight forms of vitamin E require the help of vitamin C.
The human body stores the more familiar alpha-tocopherol in its tissues to respond to critical needs for antioxidants during toxic exposure. The human body circulates gamma-tocopherol and the other six kinds of the vitamin for immediate use.
Along with the sexual vitamins alpha-, beta-, and gamma-tocopherol, gamma tocopherol protects the linings of arteries from oxidized cholesterol, in addition to its beneficial effects on sexuality. Alpha-tocopherol only works in the arteries if you get enough vitamin C. Gamma-tocopherol is your body?s back-up system for use when vitamin C isn?t readily available.
To use C and E as sexual vitamins, you need a natural source of vitamin E that provides at least alpha- and gamma-tocopherol. A better choice would be a supplement that provides several of the tocopherols and tocotrienols along with a daily dose of vitamin C.
While relatively little research has investigated the use of sexual vitamins for women, a great deal of research supports the use of sexual vitamins for men.
Before American men got Viagra, European men got Afrador, a reliably effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Each capsule of Afrador contains 33 mg, or about 50 IU, of vitamin E, without any other sexual vitamins. This is about 3 times the RDA, but it's far less than the 2000 to 3000 IU a day megadose some "experts" suggest is needed to erase erectile dysfunction.
Generally speaking, even if cost is no object, you should take the smallest dose of the least toxic medication first, or rely on nutrition with sexual vitamins.
The key consideration in using sexual vitamins is quality rather than quantity. A small dose of vitamin E that contains at natural alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol will do you a lot more good than a large amount of synthetic alpha-tocopherol.
Balancing the types of vitamin E in the supplement make it easier for vitamin E to absorb the free radicals released when the body responds to stress. When the body is supplied with both alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol, nitric oxide is more easily liberated to help the blood vessels in the sex organ dilate for erection. (This is the chemical liberated by Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis.)
Vitamin E is especially helpful for men experiencing stress of overwork or illness. Its effects are typically noticed after about a week's use.
The right sexual vitamins are also helpful in women. Women need more vitamin E than men. A dose of 600 to 800 IU a daily helps a woman's body produce estriol and progesterone to balance estrogen.
Why is balancing these hormones important? "Estrogen dominance" causes the symptoms of PMS. It's responsible for anxiety, bloating, headaches, muscle aches, and mood swings.
Women who take 600 to 800 IU of vitamin E daily for 3 months (or, more precisely, through three menstrual cycles) generally experience relief of these problems. Providing the body with enough vitamin E also helps a woman's body respond to progesterone and progesterone creams used to relieve symptoms.
Sexual vitamins are also useful for women between active fertility and menopause, in the time of life generally called "perimenopause." This usually occurs between ages 45 and 49. Symptoms of perimenopause result from the extreme variability of estrogen levels. Women in perimenopause may endure loss of interest in sex, periodic hot flashes, insomnia, and depression, even though they are still having their periods.
A balanced, natural vitamin E supplement helps a woman's body preserve the building blocks of estrogen, estriol, and also the progesterone it needs for hormonal balance. Doctors who offer estrogen replacement therapy generally overlook progesterone. With vitamin E supplementation, a woman's body has a chance to keep the progesterone it needs for hormonal balance.
These sexual vitamins are especially useful for women who have had surgical removal of the ovaries. Many health practitioners assume that since women who have had oophorectomies don't have their ovaries, they don't need progesterone.
The fact is, replacing estrogen without replacing other hormones can cause serious side effects. Progesterone is needed to prevent water retention and weight gain, enhance functions of the central nervous system, and protect the breasts from cell changes that can lead to cancer.
These clinical studies and the experiences of millions of people who take supplements show the link between vitamin E and sex drive is a potent one. Many people have taken vitamin E supplements without ill effects and with good results for as long as 40 years
What's the very latest official word on the safety of vitamin E? An April 2005 article the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes that vitamin E, like vitamin C, is safe for long-term use at a wide range of dosages. In this article, scientists at ten universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland agree that the usual "theoretical side effects" of even high doses of vitamin E (more than 1000 IU a day) simply don't occur. Even 1600 IU (1073 mg) a day has no detrimental side effects in healthy people. Use vitamin E knowing it is beneficial.
Just be sure your supplement contains both of the major forms of vitamin E, alpha- and gamma-tocopherol, preferably with other tocopherols and tocotrienols listed on the label. To enjoy the full benefits of vitamin E and vitamin C consider Total Balance.
All of the 85 ingredients in Total Balance work in complete synergy without interfering with each other. You don't need high doses of any one form of vitamin E or C, just a highly concentrated, natural supplement providing all the benefits of sexual vitamins E and C.
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