Marie ParksWhile there’s a common stereotype that men aren’t as health-conscious as women, we know for a fact that there are plenty of men out there that are just as (or more) health-savvy than women.
Some people are fortunate to have genes that make them less prone to developing certain conditions and diseases. Despite good genetics, these people should still be aware of health measures, risks, and strategies they can take to be proactive.
And whether you’re big into supplements, or just looking to stay healthy, we’re here to help you out. Since we recently published a blog on the top 3 supplements for women, we wanted to provide the same guidelines for men.
These are just general suggestions for all men (not delving too much into hormone balancing since levels can greatly vary from person to person). Here they are.
Men's Supplement #1: Saw PalmettoOne area of health that men have to keep an eye on that women do not is their prostate. While it might not be of concern during the younger years, as men get older, the prostate needs to be checked as it’s a common cause of various health issues such as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and prostate cancer.
About 25% of men in their 40s have BPH, while it affects 80% of men in their 70s.1 The severity of BPH varies, but typically results in urinary frequency. While this can be treated with conventional meds, these compounds often have undesirable side effects like sexual dysfunction.2
Compared to some of the prescription medications that are given for BPH, saw palmetto has been shown to be as effective for improving urinary symptoms, without side effects.3-5
For superior effects in helping to mitigate urinary frequency, saw palmetto has been shown to work well in combination with nettle root and pygeum.6
How does it work? Saw palmetto blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is the form of testosterone that increases prostate growth.7,8 Saw palmetto also contains beta-sitosterol, which can block the proliferation of prostate cancer cells.
Men's Supplement #2: LycopeneNaturally found in tomatoes, lycopene is an antioxidant that’s shown to provide a broad variety of health benefits. Research has conveyed the ability of lycopene to inhibit human cancer cell growth, particularly in prostate cancer cells.9-12 Numerous studies have shown an inverse relationship between lycopene intake and prostate cancer risk.13,14
Beyond the age-related problems with prostate function, men have a 1.5-times higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than women.15 Lycopene protects against processes in the brain that are associated with Parkinson’s.16,17
That’s not where lycopene’s protection stops…
Plaque that builds up in the arteries causes atherosclerosis, which can lead to more serious health issues like heart attack and stroke. Studies have shown that those with the highest serum lycopene levels have a 45% lower risk of atherosclerosis.18
Men's Supplement #3: CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10)Being the key player in cellular energy production, CoQ10 has also been shown to play a role in sperm’s energy production. CoQ10 supplementation has resulted in improvements in fertility by increasing sperm count and mobility.19, 20
In addition to fertility, CoQ10 protects against the development of heart disease. In particular, it has demonstrated a 43% relative decrease in major cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack, when compared to placebo, as well as a 43% reduction in cardiovascular-related deaths.21
The Bottom LineAs part of a foundation regimen, all men should include saw palmetto, lycopene, and CoQ10. Keep in mind that the requirements may be different for each person depending on their health status and goals. For more specific suggestions, feel free to contact our Wellness Specialists at 1-800-226-2370.
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