Supplements for Men's Health

According to the Men’s Health Forum, men are more likely to smoke, drink to dangerous levels, eat too much salt and red meat and eat too little fruits and vegetables. Middle-aged men are also more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease compared to women. Other health issues that can affect men include enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, particularly later on in life, and the ‘male menopause’, also called the andropause.

If you’re reading this and you are thinking that all this sounds a little bleak, the good news is that there are ways to look after your body and to reduce your risk of developing these health problems, through a healthy diet and good nutrition.

Key Foods for Men’s Health

You can support your body by adopting an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of a wide range of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats, protein, wholegrains and complex carbohydrates. Nutrients of particular benefit to men’s health include Zinc, vitamin D, magnesium, and protein.

  • Zinc is required for testosterone production and its conversion into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Find zinc in oysters, seafood, cashews, legumes, pumpkin seeds.
  • Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to reduced testosterone levels in men. Food sources include oily fish, eggs, sun-enriched mushrooms and some fortified foods. Sun exposure also leads to vitamin D production in the skin.
  • Magnesium helps to relax the nervous system and supports healthy testosterone levels by making it more bioavailable in the blood. Food sources include wholegrains, leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  • b is important to support the building and maintenance of muscles, which testosterone promotes. Include protein with every meal such as poultry, fish, grass-fed meat, tofu, beans, lentils or quinoa.
  • Fermented foods including yoghurt, unpasteurised sauerkraut, tofu, tempeh, miso and natto are a natural source of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) which helps to support gut health and can have a positive effect on hormone balance and mental wellbeing.

Which Supplements Can Support Men’s Health?

  1. Vitamin D
  2. Protein powders
  3. Zinc
  4. Magnesium

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Men’s Health

  • Magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate are good bioavailable forms of magnesium.
  • Good protein powders include collagen, pea protein and hemp protein. Avoid those with unnecessary added sugars and fillers.
  • It is recommended to take zinc as part of a multi-mineral or vitamin as zinc needs to be balanced with copper.
  • Look for supplements which contain vitamin D3 which is the bioavailable form of vitamin D. Consider getting your vitamin D levels tested so that you can supplement according to your needs.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Men’s Health

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