Foods that Boost Men’s Health
Men are different from women in many ways and that includes their nutritional needs. Men need nutrients that can help them maintain muscle mass, prevent prostate cancer and promote heart health. Many favorite foods among men are not the best choices for good health. But a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help prevent heart disease and cancer, the No. 1 and No. 2 killers of men over 35. They can also enhance performance from the board room to the bedroom. Nutrients are also critical for maintaining immune function and preventing bone and muscle loss. Adding nutrient rich foods as well as taking a daily multivitamin designed exclusively for men can give nutrition a boost.
WebMD came up with this list of disease fighting foods that can be a good start to improving your health:
Bananas: Bananas are a great source of quick energy and are rich in potassium, needed to regulate nerves, heartbeat and blood pressure. A great source of vitamin B-6, bananas can also boost your immune system, help form red blood cells and get your metabolism going.
Fatty Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats. They can benefit your heart, circulation, immune system and reduce the risk for prostate cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids are potent anti-inflammatory foods that can help lower triglyceride [blood fat] levels, and also reduce aches and pains. Not a fish lover? You can get omega-3 fatty acids in plant-based foods like flaxseeds and walnuts.
Broccoli: Broccoli is helpful in preventing heart disease and cancer. It’s loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and a phytochemical called sulphoraphane, which has strong anticancer (prostate and colon) properties. Dark, leafy greens can help reduce the risk of enlarged prostates.
Whole Grains: Most men eat plenty of carbs but they’re usually the wrong kind. Whole grains provide fiber, vitamins and minerals. All beneficial for heart health and building muscles. To avoid digestive issues.. increase your fiber intake gradually and drink plenty of water. 🙂
Berries: Violet, blue and red colors in all kinds of berries and cherries are responsible for the healthy properties of these fruits. These little jewels are full of the flavonoid.. anthocyanin. Berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and cherries) can enhance brain function and may even help slow the decline in brain function that can occur with aging.
Oysters: Last..but certainly not least…. a few oysters each day can deliver a full day’s supply of the antioxidant mineral Zinc. Zinc participates in hundreds of body processes from producing DNA to repairing cells. Zinc may also protect against cellular damage that can cause prostate cancer. Sexual function is also enhanced with zinc including increased sperm count. Zinc is also found in other foods like shellfish, lean beef, lean pork, or legumes.
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