We men are notorious for ignoring our health until problems becomes so serious or bothersome they eventually force us to seek help. There is an idea that going to a doctor for an annual health check and physical is a sign of weakness. However, with initiatives like Movember and a shift in the culture of our society, more men are starting to pay attention to their health and are adopting preventative health practices.
There are some key motivators for men when it comes to getting a health assessment. Traditionally, it has been when symptoms become very serious that medical help is sought. However, another powerful motivator is the ability to perform at the highest possible level. Men are driven by competition and performance in the workplace, on the athletic field, in the gym and even in the bedroom. When we can’t do things well anymore it forces us into decisive action. This blog will highlight the top three nutritional and supplemental recommendations for men to maximize their performance in all aspects of their lives. If you have trouble staying focused, are too tired, or lack stamina, this article will give you natural options to boost you to your optimal performance level. Read on to find out more:
Top Three Foods for Men’s Health
The problem: Poor blood flow
Cardiovascular disease is public enemy number one because it’s the leading cause of death among men. Pomegranate and beet juice are the ultimate duo to improve blood flow and heart health. There has been a number of published studies showing that pomegranate and beet juice can lower blood pressure, increase exercise stamina and improve erectile dysfunction. Both these juices (taken together or separately) are a man’s secret weapons for optimal performance in the gym and in the bedroom.
The problem: Cancer
Cooked tomatoes contain a powerful anti-cancer nutrient called lycopene. This nutrient is very valuable to men as studies have found that it inhibits cancer cells in the prostate. It can also improve overall prostate health by reducing PSA (a marker of prostate health) and abnormal prostate enlargement. It’s important to note that the highest amounts are found in cooked tomatoes rather than the fresh fruit.
The problem: Prostate enlargement and poor sleep
Pumpkin seeds are a super food for men. They are packed with essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, magnesium and zinc. Additionally, they contain phytosterols that can lower cholesterol and reduce symptoms of prostate enlargement like frequent and nighttime urination. They are also a good source of protein for muscle recovery, plus they contain the amino acid L-tryptophan which helps promote good sleep and relaxation. They are also a great snack option for men on the go.
Top Three Supplements for Men’s health
The problem: Low energy and high stress
Often called the “king of herbs,” ginseng has been used for centuries in Asian cultures as the most important men’s health herb. Research is now starting to unveil its many benefits including increasing resistance to stress, combating fatigue and reducing the incidence of cold and flu. Recently, there have been a number of studies that have shown benefit for heart health and improvement of erectile dysfunction. Use this herb for increased stamina in all aspects of your life, but use it only for 2 months at a time before taking a break for a few weeks.
The problem: Poor memory and energy
Acetyl L-carnitine has been touted as a weight loss supplement. However, the majority of the research on this power nutrient is on improving memory and cellular energy. Additionally, it protects the heart, blood vessels and nerves from free radial damage. One of my favorite benefits of acetyl L-carnitine is its ability to reduce muscle soreness after exercise. Its broad range of powerful benefits makes it a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to men’s health.
The problem: enlarged prostate and frequent urination
When it comes to prostate health and BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia), the most well-known herb is saw palmetto. While saw palmetto is a traditional favorite with a long history of prostate benefits, a lesser-known extract from rye grass packs an even more powerful effect in reducing symptoms of prostate enlargement. Studies have shown it reduces symptoms such nighttime urination, frequency, incomplete voiding and it may even reduce prostate size. Try this as an alternative to or in combination with saw palmetto.
If you are a man that wants to take your health and performance to the next level, consider the above options as powerful health allies.
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