Archive for the ‘Vitamin’ Category

Why You Should Take Vitamin E Everyday

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Taking vitamins these days is getting more complicated all the time. It is hard to know if you should take extra vitamins or not? Some people say you should take vitamins because we don’t get enough vitamins in our food in our modern diets. Some people say we shouldn’t take vitamins because they are not a natural way for out bodies to absorb the vitamin and we should get our vitamins only from the food we eat. It is a very controversial argument as to weather we should take vitamins or not. I guess it is a personal choice to take a vitamin or not but it is always best to ask your doctor before going on any vitamin regimen. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and it works in protecting the membranes in our nervous systems. Vitamin E also protects the membranes in our muscles and cardiovascular system. Vitamin E is important for our good cardiovascular health. Our hearts depend on adequate amounts of vitamin E.

Vitamin E is one of the least understood vitamins in the world today. Vitamin E is found in foods like green leafy vegetables like spinach and lettuce. So always remember to eat your salads. It is also found in wheat germ oil and rice. To get extra vitamin E it is best to just get it from the foods you eat. Eating salads every day helps you get the vitamin E you need for good health.

Vitamin E is good for your skin. Everyone wants to have nice healthy looking skin and vitamin E helps our skin age gracefully. Vitamin E moisturizes and protects our skin from drying out. You can find vitamin E in many skin care products form suntan oils to facial cream and hand cream. Vitamin E works best for our skin when we take it internally. Vitamin E is also good for shiny, healthy hair. You can find vitamin E in many hair care products.

Vitamin E has been found in laboratory tests to have a positive effect of muscular dystrophy and it may also have an effect on the neuromuscular functions. It is known that vitamin E is needed for the proper function of the reproductive system.

It is necessary to have a proper amount of vitamin E in our diets to maintain good health. Vitamin E is one of the vitamins that we understand the least yet it is so important for us to have in order to maintain good health. Without vitamin E we would have all kinds of health problems from dry skin to heart trouble.

Worried About Heart Disease? Get the Right Vitamins!

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

For those who exercise and avoid junk food, they think that their heart is strong and healthy. However, lack of certain vitamins can be as disastrous for your heart as eating a gallon of butter a day. However, for those who are concerned about their heart. There are several vitamins that can help you fight heart disease and keep your body healthy.

First of all, using vitamin B3 (Niacin) to help lower your chances for developing heart disease and has proved to be effective in lowering triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and raising HDL (Good Cholesterol). Thus, reducing the risk of heart disease. However, for optimal effects use niacin with other doctor prescribe medication. Consult your doctor before taking niacin.

Secondly, using vitamins B6 and B12 is also important for maintaining a healthy heart. According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, deficiency in vitamins B6 and B12 may raise your risk of developing heart disease. However, results are not yet conclusive. Nevertheless, eating foods rich in B6 like potatoes, bananas, oatmeal, tomato juice, tuna and peanut butter and foods rich in B12 like milk, eggs, salmon, beef and yogurt are still beneficial to your heart and body.

Also, to keep your heart strong, consume foods or dietary supplements with vitamins C and E. Studies have proven that these vitamins can prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol form producing plaque. Plaque can eventually block arteries and cause a heart attack or stroke. Foods like vegetables, fruit and whole-grain food products are the best source of vitamins C and E.

NOTE***Consuming too much vitamin E can ham your liver, before taking dietary supplements of vitamin E consult your doctor.

Next, recent reports from medical journals, including the American Heart Associations, display evidence indicating that individuals with low levels of vitamin D in their system have a higher chance of developing heart disease than those who maintained a healthy level of vitamin D. Vitamin D is one of the easiest vitamins to get, because all you need is 15-30 minutes of sun every day in order to absorb enough vitamin D. However, due to the large portion of the population that works in door and are unable to get a sufficient amount of sunlight, eating foods which contain vitamin D, (milk, yogurt and cereals, salmon, and cod liver oil and other types of sea food) is a good alternative.

Note*** Consuming too much vitamin D can be harmful to your body. Before taking Vitamin D supplements, consult your doctor.

A balanced diet is the best way to get enough vitamins to keep your body and heart healthy and fight heart disease. Before taking nutritional supplements. Try eating healthier and exercising regularly to keep your heart and body strong.

Why You Should Check a Vitamin D Level Before Orthopedic Surgery

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Are you scheduled for orthopedic surgery? Better check a vitamin D level before heading to the operating room. A new study shows that almost half of all people getting orthopedic surgery are vitamin D deficient – and it could affect the outcome of their surgery.

Vitamin D Deficiency before Surgery Could Delay Recovery

According to a study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, vitamin D deficiency among people getting orthopedic surgery is surprisingly common and it could make it harder to heal. When they looked at charts from over 700 patients scheduled for orthopedic surgery, they found forty-percent were vitamin D deficient and an even higher number had levels that were not optimal. This included patients undergoing all types of orthopedic surgery from hip and knee replacements to surgery to repair a fracture. Even some healthy athletes getting surgery for sports-related injuries were vitamin D deficient.

Why are doctors concerned about low vitamin D levels before orthopedic surgery? Vitamin D is critical for successful healing of bones and muscles and being vitamin D deficient can slow down the healing process. Adequate vitamin D levels are especially important in the two to four week period after surgery when bone is actively remodeling as part of the healing process. To have the best chance for proper healing, a person should correct a low vitamin D level before entering the O.R.

Correcting Low Vitamin D Levels before Surgery

Researchers in this study emphasize the importance of correcting vitamin D deficiency before getting bone or muscle surgery. Correcting low vitamin D levels is slow and usually requires high dose vitamin D supplements for at least a month before surgery. Not every surgeon checks a vitamin D level prior to surgery, so you may have to ask to have this test included in your pre-surgical blood work. The sooner a level is drawn before surgery the better – so you’ll have time to correct any vitamin D deficiency.

Low Vitamin D Levels before Surgery: The Bottom Line?

If you plan on undergoing any type of orthopedic surgery, check a vitamin D level at least six weeks before and make sure you’re within the normal range. It could lead to quicker healing – and a better outcome.

References: “Vitamin D deficiency rampant in patients undergoing orthopedic surgery, damaging patient recovery”

Whole Grains, Vitamin B3 and Arthritis

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

The following information has been gathered and compiled through personal experience, twenty-five years of writing about health issues, while traveling, teaching classes that include T’ai Chi, Qi Gong, herbal information, martial arts and other health related subjects. The article also contains feedback from students and anecdotal information from readers of my columns. The following are my opinions and deductions from those sources.

Whole grains contain more than just roughage and fiber that contribute to bulk, they also have lots of vitamins and minerals. Whole grains, as their name implies, contain all the parts of the grain in naturally balanced and time release proportions. Most grains are moderately acid forming, with the exception of millet and buckwheat. Buckwheat contains a high percentage of oxalic acid, which may or may not be destroyed in cooking. Oxalic acid is a component of kidney stones and, if kidney stones or other kidney disorders are a problem, it might be advisable to avoid buckwheat.

Grains have different flavors and can add variety to meals. Some grains, like white rice and many wheat products are processed, or highly processed, food and not truly whole grains. Brown rice has the outer coating intact and the outer coating contains the majority of nutrients. White, or polished, rice has had the nutrients in the outer coating removed and then a small amount, of which a large portion may be actually chemical pseudo-nutrients made in a laboratory, added back in and labeled as “fortified.” This is the case with other grains as well. The nutrients that have been removed are then packaged up and sold as supplements. Personally, I prefer to eat the whole food as opposed to eating the processed version and paying for a pill. My mouth has never watered over the thought of taking a supplement.

Whole grains have a nutty flavor where processed and fortified grains, which have been reduced to simple carbohydrates from complex carbohydrates in the milling process, taste and act like the simple carbohydrate sugars they are. Many people have become accustomed, and addicted, to the sugar taste and dislike the true whole grain flavors. When I was in Canada a few years ago, there was a family from the orient staying at the resort where I was doing research. They disliked brown rice and would eat white rice only. I talked with them, and they told me they didn’t like the taste and that brown rice was considered a “peasant food” where they lived.

Sometime, in the early, mid-twentieth century, missionaries in the South Pacific, who had been eating white rice and feeding the brown rice to their chickens, ran out of brown rice. They, and the locals, had a high incidence of pellagra. After eating white rice for a period of time, the chickens began to display the same pellagra symptoms as the locals and missionaries. Once the chickens were put back on brown rice, the problems disappeared. Researchers discovered in 1937 that niacin, the third B vitamin to be discovered hence the designation vitamin B3, could prevent pellagra. The outer coating of brown rice contains niacin (known as nicotinic acid in medical circles). There are three D’s that sum up pellagra: dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and death. In 1943, researchers found that vitamin B3 could relieve soreness and stiffness associated with arthritis. At that same time, the pharmaceutical companies were promoting their latest patented miracle cure, cortisone. Since there are few, if any, profits to be made in prevention and naturally occurring substances, the vitamin B3 information wasn’t highly publicized.

What’s so Special About Vitamin K?

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Vitamin K may not be as well-known as, say, Vitamin C or the B vitamins, but it is just as important to our health. Vitamin K is a generic term, a group word that refers to different types of compounds. The most common types are K1 and K2. We obtain vitamin K1 from the diet. Type K2 is synthesized in our body by naturally-occurring bacteria in the intestines. However, the amount of vitamin K produced in our intestinal system is not enough: We need a varied and balanced diet to make sure that we meet the daily requirements in vitamin K.

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it is absorbed with fat from the food we eat. It is stored in the liver and in fatty tissue. Its name derives from the German term Koagulationsvitamin (clotting vitamin) because it plays an important role in the chemical reactions that ensure blood clotting. Hemostatic balance is achieved a) when the clotting process (the coagulation cascade) is activated to stop bleeding, but also (and just as importantly) b) when clotting is kept under control. Vitamin K is of vital significance to that balance because it helps the liver produce both clotting proteins (which are called vitamin K-dependent clotting factors) and natural anticoagulants (proteins C and S). There is also evidence that vitamin K may promote bone density and help prevent and repair osteoporosis.

There is a vast array of natural dietary sources of Vitamin K: spinach, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collards, parsley, asparagus, soybeans, organ meats (liver), wheat bran, eggs, dairy products, strawberries, bananas. Make sure that your daily diet includes 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables, and there should be no need for supplements.

As a matter of fact, vitamin K deficiency is pretty rare, and when it does happen it is mostly because of conditions that prevent the production or absorption of the vitamin. Vitamin K deficiency can occur because of long-term anticoagulant therapy, chronic use of certain antibiotics that kill the intestinal flora that produces vitamin K, alcohol dependency, liver disorders, and malabsorption disorders (i.e. disorders that impair the absorption of fats, and thus of vitamin K). Newborns are also at risk for vitamin K deficiency because their intestine is sterile and does not synthesize this vitamin. Newborn infants are given vitamin K by injection, while major-brand formulas are vitamin K-enriched.

If you are considering taking vitamin K supplements, please consult your physician to avoid side-effects. This is especially important if you are taking anticoagulants (esp. warfarin), as vitamin K may interfere with the effects of warfarin. Consult your physician and clinical dietitian to make sure your diet includes foods with the vitamin K content that is right for you.

What’s so Special About Vitamin E?

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Vitamin E is the collective name of a family of eight antioxidants, four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. In humans, alpha-tocopherol is the most common, biologically active and nutritionally significant form of vitamin E. The term tocopherol derives from the Greek noun tokos (= birth) and the Greek verb phero (= to bring forth). Vitamin E has long been identified as essential to the reproductive systems of certain animals (the initial experiments in the ’20s involved pregnant rats), but there is no conclusive evidence as to its role in human fertility.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it is absorbed with fat from the food we eat. It is predominantly stored in fatty tissue, but some vitamin E is also stored in muscle. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and free-radical scavenger. It also plays an important part in the body’s hemostatic balance by acting as a) inhibitor of platelet aggregation and adhesion and b) antagonist of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors. There is also evidence that vitamin E boosts the immune system by promoting the production of lymphocytes while decreasing certain immunosuppressive chemicals.

Antioxidant, anticoagulant, immunity booster: No wonder there is so much talk about vitamin E and so much research into its properties and health benefits. Vitamin E has been associated with decreased heart attack risk, cancer prevention (esp. prostate and breast cancer), prevention of cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), lower blood pressure, accelerated healing, and reduced scarring. Maybe the only thing bigger than the excitement (hype?) about vitamin E is the controversy surrounding it. Look up any research paper on the role of vitamin E in disease prevention or cure and you are almost certain to stumble on the following triad: controversial, inconclusive, conflicting.

There is a vast array of natural dietary sources of Vitamin E: wheat germ, whole grains, fortified cereals, vegetable oils (olive, sunflower, safflower, soybean, corn, canola, sesame), nuts (almonds, peanuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts), peanut butter, legumes, spinach, kale, lettuce, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, eggs, liver, meat, poultry, sweet potatoes, yams, kiwi, avocado. As always, a varied and balanced diet is the key to optimal vitamin intake and long-term good health.

Vitamin E deficiency is pretty rare, and when it does happen it is either because of certain genetic disorders, or conditions that prevent the absorption of fats and, as a result, of vitamin E (malabsorption syndromes). It is theoretically possible for extreme low- or no-fat diets to cause vitamin E deficiency, but again, this is far from a common occurrence.

If you are considering taking vitamin E supplements, please consult your physician to avoid side-effects. This is especially important if you are taking anticoagulants, aspirin, or if you have vitamin K deficiency, because vitamin E, being an anticoagulant itself, may increase the risk of bleeding. Vitamin supplements are not innocent and harmless just because they are widely available and affordable. Consult your physician and clinical dietitian to make sure your diet includes foods with the vitamin E content that is right for you.

What is Vitamin B Complex?

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

More and more people are turning to alternative medicine and the use of dietary supplements such as vitamin B complex as we strive to keep our bodies healthy. Studies continue with vitamin B complex to determine if there’s a link with this compound in preventing cancers or coronary disease. What is vitamin B complex? Is vitamin B complex safe to take? What’s the RDA? (Recommended Daily Allowance) of vitamin B complex?

What researchers do know is that vitamin B complex influences several important body functions. Vitamin B complex promotes red blood cell growth, enhances the immune system, supports metabolism, produces energy, maintains healthy skin, and supports functions of the nervous system (the American Cancer Society at

Vitamin B complex is a group of 12 water-soluble vitamins that work together to support our bodily functions. Individually, each of the B vitamins supports a different function . Four of these vitamins can be produced by the body, however eight of these vitamins are considered to be essential because our bodies cannot produce them and we need to include them in our diet. Water-soluble means that our bodies do not store these vitamins for any length of time and if there’s any excess of these vitamins, we eliminate it through urine. Since our bodies do not store these vitamins, we need to replenish our bodies daily.

The eight vitamins in vitamin B complex that are not produced by our bodies and we need to include in our daily diets are as follows:

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin or Thiamine) and Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) work together to help produce energy in the body and they also influence the muscles, nerves, and heart.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) maintains the health of skin, helps with producing energy, and supports the nervous and digestive system.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) aids in growth and development.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) helps the body break down protein and aids in maintaining the health of red blood cells, the nervous system, and the immune system.

Vitamin B7 (Biotin) supports the breakdown of protein and carbohydrates as well as the making of hormones.

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) is important in the production of red blood cells.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) aids in the body’s growth and development, helps with the production of red blood cells, energy, and functions of the nervous system.

Altogether as a group, vitamin B complex has a broad range of important functions on our bodies. This is probably the reason why the National Academies of Science has recommended that adults over the age of 50 take vitamin B complex supplements or eat more foods enriched with the B vitamins.

Vitamin B was originally thought to be one vitamin (just like vitamin C or vitamin E is one vitamin), however, after research was done it was determined that there was actually multiple vitamins in vitamin B, so researchers changed the name from vitamin B to vitamin B complex. This has confused many of us (including me) as a result of this finding. So, there is no vitamin B, only vitamin B complex.

The best source to get any of your vitamins is through natural foods. Doctors and researchers all agree on that. It is much easier, however, to purchase vitamin supplements at your local stores. If you do purchase vitamin B complex, it’s recommended that you don’t buy the bottles that are labeled as “super” vitamin B complex, or “high potency” vitamin B complex as we only need a small amount of these B vitamins. Purchase a bottle that says “balanced” vitamin B complex or just simply “vitamin B complex”.

If you prefer to eat more natural foods that contain the B vitamins, then here’s the breakdown of what vitamins are in what foods. Keep in mind that several food sources contain more than one of the B vitamins.

Vitamin B1 is found in pork, seafood, liver, potatoes, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, kidney beans, cereals, and peas.

Vitamin B2 is found in dairy products, cereals, liver, leafy green vegetables, and enriched bread.

Vitamin B3 is found in liver, fish, lean red meat, chicken, whole grains, and nuts.

Vitamin B5 is very plentiful and found in most foods.

Vitamin B6 can be found in fish, liver, pork, wheat germ, potatoes, chicken, and bananas.

Vitamin B7 is found in peanuts, liver, egg yolks, bananas, mushrooms, watermelons, and grapefruit.

Vitamin B9 is found in liver, fruits, mushrooms, nuts, peas, and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin B12 is in eggs, meat, poultry, shellfish, and milk.

The American Cancer Society does state that there is some evidence that vitamin B9 (folic acid) is linked to a lower risk of colon cancer. Other studies have shown that there may also be a possible link between vitamin B6 and lower colorectal and breast cancers in women, but not all studies done on vitamin B6 show this result. There are ongoing studies being conducted for the vitamin B complex group.

As always you should check with your doctor first, before taking any vitamin supplement as a drug interaction may occur. Some medications that are prescribed for high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, or some anticonvulsants have had negative interactions with vitamin B compex. Always, always check with your doctor first.

Vitamin B complex is considered to be safe because it is water-soluble and our bodies will release any excess. The American Cancer Society suggests taking low doses of vitamin B complex. High doses may cause skin problems, gout, or high blood sugar levels.

The Nutritional Health Resource has suggested the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for adults age 19 and up are as follows: (

B1 (thiamin) 1.1 to 1.2 mg
B2 (riboflavin) 1.1 to 1.3 mg
B3 (niacin) 14 to 16 mg
B5 (pantothenic acid) 5 mg
B6 (pyridoxine) 1.3 to 1.7 mg
B7 (biotin) 30 mcg
B9 (folic acid) 400 mcg
B12 (cobalamin) 2.4 mcg

As you can see, the RDA requirements are small so there’s no need to take high doses of vitamin B complex unless it’s recommended by your doctor.

Weight Loss Supplements Are Everywhere. Could Vitamins Work Better?

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Weight loss vitamins are a good alternative to weight loss supplements. Where weight loss supplements are man made and can be full of harmful stimulants, weight loss vitamins can be found in many healthy foods. Here are five weight loss vitamins that might help you lose weight.

Weight Loss Vitamin #1

Vitamin B2 is also known as riboflavin. This weight loss vitamin can be found in eggs, milk, whole grains, and also in various supplements. Riboflavin helps with the process of metabolism. If you take birth control pills, antibiotics, or drink a lot of alcohol you may need extra riboflavin in your diet.

Weight Loss Vitamin #2

Vitamin B3 is also known as Niacin. Niacin can be found in avocados, dates, carrots, broccoli, nuts, legumes, chicken, beef, fish, and other healthy foods. Niacin is needed for normal thyroid production and therefore helps aid in metabolism.

Weight Loss Vitamin #3

Vitamin B5 is another weight loss vitamin. Vitamin B5 deficiencies can interfere with our capacity to utilize fat. Vitamin B5 can be found in meat, poultry, nuts, fiber rich foods, and green vegetables.

Weight Loss Vitamin #4

Vitamin C has a multitude of health benefits. Vitamin C is used to help convert glucose to energy, so vitamin C can help you lose weight. The best way to get enough vitamin C is to eat citrus fruits. If you don’t like citrus fruits, you can always take vitamin C supplements.

Weight Loss Vitamin #5

Vitamin D can help you lose weight. According to Basic Nutrition website, “Sunlight, UV-B, and vitamin D normalize food intake and normalize blood sugar. Weight normalization is associated with higher levels of vitamin D and adequate calcium.” Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to obesity. Making sure you get adequate vitamin D could help you lose weight.

What pattern do you see in these weight loss vitamins? Easy – you can get them through a healthy diet. Of course, three are weight loss vitamin supplements out there, but why would you take a pill when you can get everything you need by eating right and exercising?

Unlike weight loss supplements, weight loss vitamins are natural and meant for your body to digest. If you are struggling between taking a weight loss supplement or eating a diet rich in nutrients, choose the latter.

Vitamins Your Body Needs to Stay Healthy

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

The proper amount of vitamins are hard to get in the food that you eat yet you need to be careful what vitamins you take. You’ve been hearing about vitamins since you were a kid. This article will give you some food for thought or some vitamins for thought..

Long before scientists discovered the vitamin codes it was understood that eating certain foods would help you stay healthy and the foods could also help you prevent diseases. For instance Citrus fruits would ward off scurvy, which is a terrible disease that has symptoms of hemorrhaging. And it was discovered that eating unpolished rice instead of polished rice would prevent beriberi. Beriberi would give the victim paralysis and anemia. Scientist didn’t really understand the relationship between these foods and the diseases they prevented until l906 when a British biochemist proved that in addition to proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and water foods also contained what he call accessory factors or substances that the body needed to convert food to chemical form to the body could use it. But scientist still couldn’t understand the chemical makeup so the couldn’t give them proper names they just called them all vitamins and kept them separate by assigning a different letter of the alphabet to each new substance they discovered.

Now vitamins are divided into two different types. The water soluble kind like the B-complex vitamin and vitamin C and the fat -soluble kind like A.D.E. and K. Our bodies can’t store the water-soluble vitamins so if you eat more then your RDA, or the Recommended Dietary Allowance most of these vitamins will pass right out of your body. Fat-soluble vitamins are more easily stored in you liver and body fat.

Vitamin A is important for your eyes good health and it helps keep the immune system healthy and it is necessary for proper organ function. You can find Vitamin A in animal fat, dairy products and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin B is found in meat, cereal, grain and dairy products and you need B for healthy skin and cell processes. Vitamin C is in Fresh Fruit and vegetables and it helps your body heal wounds and build tissues. Vitamin D is produced by your skin when you are exposed to sunlight it is found in eggs, and fish your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin E is found in green leafy vegetables and is good for many things. Vitamin K is not made by the body but by organisms that live in your intestinal tract, it is also found in yogurt, eggs and leafy vegetables.

To maximize the amount of vitamins you get in your vegetables it is good to wash them but don’t soak them and it is best to eat fresh vegetables within a week of buying them to get the most vitamins out of them. If you have the choice between canned and frozen vegetables always pick the frozen since they have more vitamins in them. When it comes for food fresh is always best but it is hard to always get fresh vegetables.

Vitamins that Improve Your Sexual Health

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

There are so many factors in our lives that effect our health. Stress, lack of sleep, poor nutritional health all of these conditions effect your sexual health. Poor libido, lack of interest, inability to achieve orgasm, any of these can occur when we neglect our sexual health. You may be already taking some vitamins that help you in other areas. With just a few of these vitamins on our list, you can dramatically improve your sexual health. We’ve found some vitamins that improve your sexual health.


Ginseng may increase sex hormones and stamina. Some studies show that ginseng helps with sexual dysfunction in men and women. Ginseng originated from Asia where it has been used for centuries in this context. Too much ginseng can cause insomnia.


Yohimbe is taken from the bark of an evergreen tree that grows in Africa. A longtime sexual aid in folklore, Yohimbe has been used for years. Yohimbe is for men. It increases the size of a man’s sexual organ and the length of time he can keep an erection. Yohimbe is also shown to help aid blood circulation in men. Yohimbe has been approved by the FDA for use in treating male potency issues. Some side effects may be jittery nerves or anxiety. Men who suffer with mental disorders should not take Yohimbe.


Gingko comes from China. Gingko is the oldest living tree on Earth. Gingko is an herb that studies show promotes blood circulation. Studies show that women benefit from Gingko by increasing clitoris sensitivity and raising the female libido.

Horny Goat Weed

Yes, you read it right! This power packed herb comes from China were it is known as Yin Yang Huo. It raises the libido in both men and women. Some of the other benefits are relieving fatigue, raise erectile function and giving menopausal women some relief.


Damiana comes from Central America. Damiana can promote oxygen to the genital areas of men and women. The scent of Damiana carries pheremones which the sexual systems recognize and respond to.

Before taking any of these vitamins make sure you check with your doctor first. Some vitamins and herbs can interact with prescription medicines you may be taking.