Most of us know that Vitamin C is needed for a healthy immune system, but did you know that Vitamin C is also required for healthy functioning of over 300 metabolic processes, including a healthy libido? Your body does not naturally produce Vitamin C, so it must be obtained by what you eat. C aides in the production of anti-stress hormones, helps the body fight off toxins and may even reduce your levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol). How does Vitamin C directly affect your sexual health? For one, C can help make a man’s little swimmers strong and healthy by protecting sperm from free-radical damage and toxins, thus increasing fertility. C also helps to build and maintain blood vessels through out the body, including the female genitals. Proper blood flow through these vessels is key for female stimulation and healthy lubrication during sex. C is also involved in the synthesis of the sex hormones, estrogen, androgen and progesterone, all of which are involved in sexual function and fertility. C is required for the metabolism of Folic Acid, which is needed during pregnancy to regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation and is vital for normal development. Vitamin C is now being used in many menopause products to help reduce symptoms, as well as in vaginal creams to help eliminate dryness, which can make sex painful. A healthy and de-stressed immune system, strong viable sperm and a lubricated vagina with the ability to get aroused, sounds like it’s time to load up on Vitamin C enriched foods!
Sexy Veggie Food Choices: citrus fruit like lemons and limes, pomegranates, kiwi, guava, pineapple, chili peppers, pumpkin, cabbage, cranberries and cruciferous vegetables like, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts.
Try this simple recipe for Cauliflower Poppers to Feed Your Libido with Vitamin C tonight.
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Yields: 4 servings
Sexy Veggie Ingredients included in red
1large head of Cauliflower
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
juice of 1 Lemon
2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 cloves of Garlic-Minced
1 ½ teaspoons Dill
2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
½ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
½ cup Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs
Salt and Pepper to taste
½ cup Tofu Sour Cream (Optional Dipping Sauce)
1) Preheat oven to 400.
2) Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces. Try to keep them all approximately the same size for even cooking.
3) Whisk together all remaining ingredients, except the breadcrumbs and toss with the cauliflower until evenly coated.
4) Pour in breadcrumbs and lightly toss again.
5) Spread out cauliflower onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring once about halfway through.
6) Brace yourself for the most delicious cauliflower experience you have ever had!
photo credit: Mickie G at flickr for Creative Commons