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Nutrition and heredity (or genetics) are probably the two most influential factors governing health and longevity in men. Other aspects of lifestyle, such as work, activity, exercise, stress levels, and chemical exposure, are also important to men?s health as well.
Many dietary factors are known to have protective benefits, enhance energy and promote optimal overall health in men. Most men need to eat more high nutrient density foods such as fruits and vegetables, reduce fat, and increase fiber intake. In addition, men should take high quality dietary supplements for further protection from illness and deficiency symptoms. It is well known that many adult chronic, degenerative diseases result from regular overeating and from choosing the wrong foods, such as those high in fat, sugar, and refined substances. At the same time, too little of the wholesome, nutritious foods may contribute to suppressed immunity, increased infection rates, and DNA breakdown. It is important that men find the right balance in diet and lifestyle.
There are numerous differences between the genders with regards to nutrition. Men typically need more magnesium, B vitamins, and less iron than women. Men also need more calories and protein to support their generally larger size and often-higher activity levels. Nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and moderate cholesterol (or plant sterol) intake are necessary for healthy thyroid, adrenal, immune, and sexual function in men. By eating healthily, exercising regularly, and supplementing certain key nutrients, men can be more active, have more energy, enjoy sex lifelong, and successfully adjust to the often stressful world in which we live.
- Regular exercise
- Healthy diet
- Stress management
- Pharmacist’s Supplement Recommendations:
- Vitamins and Minerals - especially vitamins A, C, and E, B-complex, pantothenic acid, zinc, manganese, magnesium, and selenium
- Herbs and Phytonutrients - ginkgo biloba, Siberian ginseng, saw palmetto, pygeum, shiitake, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed
- Antioxidants - coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, grape seed extract
- Essential Fatty Acids - DHA and GLA especially
- Amino Acids - all are important but especially glycine, alanine, and glutamic acid
These products are recommended by licensed pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements. For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness Center Guidelines.
To ensure good health, men need to supplement daily with a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement that includes B-vitamins for stress. With a man’s stressful work life, where it is often next to impossible to eat a balanced diet daily, a multivitamin and mineral supplement is insurance for his continued good health throughout life. Essentials Performance Formula is a convenient 3 per day vitamin and mineral supplement which covers all the basics of sound nutrition and health.
Antioxidants help protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA and our cell membranes, and are a factor in maintaining good health as well as in aging. Free radicals are often caused by environmental toxins, stress, tobacco smoke, and ozone. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the damaging effects of these free radicals. Since free radicals are an unavoidable part of daily life, antioxidants are necessary to guard against their damage to men’s health.
Essential fatty acids are called “essential” because every living cell in our body needs a daily supply of them. Essential fatty acids must be taken in from an outside source in our diet or as a supplement. They are the “good fats” that are necessary for the reproduction of new cells, and also play a part in the body’s many natural biochemical processes. Supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps men to provide the body with plenty of the essential fatty acids necessary to ensure a healthy life.
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