Inappropriate lifestyle can take a toll on a man’s sex life. Poor diet, stress, oxidation and a lack of penis-specific vitamins can affect the health of the male organ and its function. While there are many natural products touted to improve the health of the penis, vitamin E is one of the few with real science to back it. Vitamin E is a known antioxidant that has become popular over the last couple of decades for protecting against cardiovascular disease. What most men do not know is that this fat-soluble antioxidant is also a powerful anti-aging agent that can benefit peripheral circulation to the penis, nerve sensitivity, and enzymatic-control of erections.
Circulation is of key importance when considering the health of the penis and sexual function. Blood flow to the penis is what enables the organ to harden and become erect in the first place. Without a strong heart muscle, clear arteries, lots of oxygen and good peripheral blood flow, there isn’t sufficient fluid to create a strong erection. Vitamin E is a key nutrient for cardiovascular health. It improves easy circulation by acting as a natural blood thinner, similar to aspirin, causing the blood to become less viscous and more fluid. Researchers from the Department of Physiology at Vidyasagar College in India also state that vitamin E protects against heart attacks, strokes, and oxidative damage to the heart muscles. Vitamin E supplements and a high vitamin E diet are considered both as prophylactic and treatment to all manner of cardiovascular diseases.
Vitamin E plays a key role in protecting nerves from desensitization. As men age the penis nerves can lose some of their sensitivity, possibly due to circulation problems, oxidative damage, local trauma or rough treatment of the penis. Vitamin E directly protects nerves from oxidative damage and disease, and keeping vitamin E levels high ensures peripheral nerves in penis continue to function optimally. In an animal study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, U.S.A., discovered that nerve fibers with a low vitamin E-content were more likely to suffer from peripheral nerve problems. Peripheral nerves, such as in the penis, are coated in various fatty substances (including vitamin E and omega 6 which act to protect the nerves and enhance nerve signaling. This highlights the need for men to ensure they are getting adequate vitamin E from either their diets or from supplementation.
Vitamin E may be able to treat impotence and sexual dysfunction directly, acting in a similar way to PDE-5 inhibitors such as sildenafil. During a study published in BJU International in December, 2010, researchers found that vitamin E supplementation increased the production of nitric oxide in penis tissues. Nitric oxide is an enzymes that stimulates the dilation of blood vessels in the penis, allowing blood to engorge the tissues and cause erection to occur. By increasing the production of nitric oxide, vitamin E can potentially be used as a natural treatment for male dysfunction and impotence. Far safer and less toxic than sildenafil, vitamin E would also have a beneficial effect on overall cardiovascular health, where sildenafil may have heart and blood pressure complications.
Penis Skin Health and Best Source of Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an important component of skin tissues, especially on the glans, foreskin and body of the penis. Vitamin E doesn’t just work as an antioxidant — it effects the elasticity, moisturization, strength and the youth of the skin. Studies show that vitamin E also improves cellular healing and reduces scarring. These factors are important, as roughened skin on the penis can lead to nerves losing their fine sensitivity. Rough, dry skin on the penis can occur because of dehydration, poor nutrition, not using enough lubricant, inflammatory skin conditions, broken skin and scarring. The preferred method for application of vitamin E is as a topical crème that permits direct absorption of vitamin E into penis skin where immediate and direct benefits can occur (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil). Vitamin E is an effective nutrient for all of these factors, and can be used as both an oral supplement and as a local vitamin E creme.