The Best Supplements for Men
By Natur-Tyme's Wellness Team
With Father's Day around the corner and the season of grilling, barbecuing, and summer fun in full swing, health and wellness is probably one of the furthest things from dads' minds! However, there are several supplements that men need in order to lead active, sexually-pleasing, stress-free (or stress-reduced at least) lives. Luckily, we have recommendations for dads of all ages!
During Their 20s
During their 20s, men should be taking a quality multivitamin at the very least. A food-based multivitamin would be a good choice. In addition to a multivitamin, men in their 20s should consider taking a fish oil supplement, especially if they have a family history of heart disease. For muscle building, men in their 20s can add a protein powder to their daily supplement regimen— especially on days they hit the gym. Drinking a protein shake after every workout speeds muscle recovery and supplies the body with the amino acids that are needed for muscle growth.
Whey protein is an excellent protein powder choice because it contains all nine essential amino acids and is quickly absorbed. Male vegetarians or vegans may prefer to use a pea protein instead. Men in their midto- late 20s should definitely add a stress antidote, like a B-Complex or a formula that contains powerful stress-relieving ingredients, such as L-theanine. L-theanine can help to improve mood, reduce nervous tension, and increase alertness, which is a great alternative to multiple cups of coffee a day.
During Their 30s
Men in their 30s should continue taking the supplements that we recommend for men in their 20s. If the gym is a daily priority, men in their 30s may benefit from taking an L-Glutamine supplement, which can enhance muscle growth and will also help increase nutrient absorption. Men in their 30s should also add a 2000 IU Vitamin D supplement, especially if hectic work schedules lead to less outdoor time.
It is critical for men in their 30s to start taking care of their prostate. The best news for them is that supplements that help the prostate may also help to reduce hair loss! Excess DHT (dihydrotestosterone) causes an enlargement of the prostate and also contributes to hair loss; therefore, it is important for men to reduce their levels of DHT. There are many good prostate formulas available. Nutrients or herbs that are particularly helpful in keeping the prostate healthy include: selenium, zinc, saw palmetto, calcium D-glucarate, and DIM (Diindolylmethane). Increasing selenium intake, whether through supplements or selenium-rich foods (e.g. Brazil nuts), has been shown to reduce prostate cancer risk. Zinc is also a helpful mineral for men to take; men need more zinc than women because they lose zinc when they ejaculate. By altering steroid hormone metabolism, zinc supplementation can reduce prostate enlargement. Also saw palmetto, a traditional Native American remedy, reduces prostate enlargement by inhibiting the synthesis of DHT and promoting DHT elimination by lowering estrogen levels. A DIM supplement in conjunction with a prostate formula that contains calcium D-glucarate will also prevent estrogen dominance, which can help eliminate DHT.
During their 40s and Beyond
Men in their 40s should continue to take supplements to protect their prostate. They should also start taking care of their heart. In addition, if erectile dysfunction starts to become a concern, there are many herbs and supplements that can help address that matter.
To support their heart health, in addition to the fish oil that men should start supplementing with in their 20s, CoQ10 is an essential supplement for men to add to their supplement regimen as they age. Our bodies naturally produce CoQ10; however, the levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases, such as heart conditions, Parkinson's disease, cancer, and diabetes. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels. Correcting deficiencies in CoQ10 can help improve heart disease and other chronic conditions.
Generally speaking, supplements and herbs that increase testosterone levels or improve circulation may help to prevent erectile dysfunction. L-Arginine helps to increase circulation by producing nitric oxide. L-Arginine is considered helpful for erectile dysfunction and sterility in men; it may also increase muscle mass and reduce high blood pressure. Maca Root, Tribulus, and Muria Puama can help men increase testosterone, which can not only help to correct erectile dysfunction, but can also help to reduce fatigue. Rhodiola Root may also be helpful for men in their 40s and beyond. Considered an adaptogen, Rhodiola Root helps the body to adapt and return to normal functions when facing a particularly stressful situation. It is also believed to be an aphrodisiac for both men and women, which can manage erectile dysfunction in men and also normalize prostatic fluid. For its stress-reducing abilities, Rhodiola Root may be worth considering at any age; it is also believed to help people adapt to climatic and social changes.
Men of All Ages
Men's Health Month is all about raising awareness regarding healthy lifestyle choices, the importance of supplements and herbs, increasing education and discussions on men's health issues, and much more. Give that special man in your life the gift of good health with a little advice from our Wellness Team!
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