5 natural supplements every man should take
by Craig Cooper
Supplements are important for men’s health for several reasons. No matter how hard you try and how dedicated you are to following a healthy diet, you just can’t get all the nutrients you need. This is especially true if you are fighting disease, recovering from treatment or just wanting to maintain maximum immunity as part of a healthy lifestyle.
You have so many excuses for not getting the optimal nutrition your body needs to stay in great health. You work long hours, travel a lot, don’t have time to prepare healthy meals, eat on the run, etc. Plus, there are the everyday stressors that take a toll on everyone’s health and wear down the immune system: environmental pollutants, work-related stress, not getting enough sleep, not getting enough exercise, financial worries and other lifestyle matters. Add all this to the stress of having a disease, and you have the recipe for a compromised immune system that needs support.
That is where supplements come in. Depending on which supplements you take, they can:
•Strengthen your immune system,
•Enhance your diet,
•Improve your energy and sense of well-being,
•Help with your sexual performance,
•Protect against cardiovascular disease and stroke,
•And aid in protecting you against chronic disease.
There are many supplements available. But if you had to narrow it down to the best supplements for men’s needs, the following five general types of supplements are great for promoting your heart health, prostate health, hormonal balance and sexual health.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids need to be obtained from supplements because your body cannot produce them. There are many health benefits of omega-3, including lowering cholesterol, supporting overall cardiovascular health, preventing cancer cell growth, and helping to regulate food consumption and metabolism. These essential fatty acids calm the inflammatory response in the body, helping to prevent tissue damage as well as other diseases and conditions associated with inflammation.
Omega-3 is known for helping to prevent prostate cancer, and it may also help men prevent other prostate conditions like enlarged prostate due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis.
There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA and ALA. EPA and DHA offer the most health benefits. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon, tuna, herring, sardines and trout twice a week. It also recommends that people with heart disease take 1 gram EPA+DHA and people with high triglycerides take 2 to 4 grams EPA+DHA under the care of a physician.
Turmeric is spicy member of the ginger family. One of its active components is curcumin, a polyphenol with many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is also what gives curry its flavorful kick. Both turmeric and curcumin have long been used since ancient times in Indian and Chinese medicine, but thousands of modern studies around the world have uncovered the numerous health benefits of these natural ingredients.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps with many conditions, including osteoarthritis, joint pain and immune response. It has been found to help men with depression and diabetes, and it also acts as a blood thinner. Men should take note of the studies showing that curcumin has been found to reduce well-established prostate cancer tumors and to help support prostate health for BPH and prostatitis patients. That is why many men look for prostate supplements with curcumin.
There are numerous prostate supplements that help promote both prostate and urinary health. Curcumin (above) is just one. Other well-researched natural ingredients can help support an aging prostate. There are also supplements for prostatitis that can be part of a holistic healing approach to managing pelvic pain and male urinary health for men of any age.
Many prostate supplements work even better when combined with other prostate supplements. That is why men like the convenience of taking formulations such as Prost-P10x that contain several natural ingredients in one product.
The best-researched prostate supplements include the following:
•Graminex pollen extracts
Another important supplement that also assists prostate health but also supports gut health and overall immunity is a quality daily probiotic designed for men.
Natural testosterone support supplements
When your hormonal balance gets, well, unbalanced, there are a number of supplements that can help you regain that balance to support your metabolism, libido, erectile function, energy mood and strength. The important difference between taking natural supplements and testosterone therapy is that supplements help boost your body’s natural production of testosterone, bringing it to normal, healthy levels, whereas testosterone therapy has you taking testosterone itself, which stops your body’s own production of this important hormone.
Testosterone therapy can lead to dependence on the therapy and lead to other dangerous side effects. That is why a natural approach is safer and preferable.
The supplements that can support your sexual health and testosterone production (plus free bound testosterone) include the following:
•Plant sterols like beta-sitosterol
All of the above ingredients can be taken together and are all included in EveryDay Male®, a male health supplement that is formulated for men who wish to promote natural testosterone levels, have more energy and better libido.
Magnesium is an important mineral that is involved in over 300 biochemical processes. Having too little magnesium is detrimental to your health. For instance, having a magnesium deficiency is also linked to some cancers.
There are many benefits of magnesium for men. Researchers have discovered that diets rich in magnesium reduce one’s risk for colon cancer and inflammatory diseases like diabetes. It also plays a possible role in curing chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Magnesium is beneficial for athletes and strong exercisers for aiding in muscle repair, preventing injury, and reducing inflammation. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium is 400 to 420 mg.
Even though this list of supplements that are beneficial to every man technically provides more than five supplements, these five categories of supplements are important for supporting your health from the cardiovascular, prostate, hormonal, inflammation-fighting and immune-supporting perspectives. If you are interested in supporting your health, start with eating a healthy, well-rounded diet and then boost those benefits with therapeutic doses of supplements specifically for men.