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Top 5 supplements for men

Published on Tue May 30, 2017 - 2 min read

Published by: Bryan Bradford

Keep your life on track and your healthful goals in reach with the top 5 supplements every man can benefit from.

Diet and nutrition play an important role in a man’s health. The right supplements can protect your heart, increase energy and focus, boost your immune system, and improve your sex life. With so many supplements available it can be tough figuring out what to take. Here we look at the top 5 supplements for men with proven benefits that you can feel. 

Multivitamin: Multivitamins are the best way to ensure we are getting the nutrients that are hard to get from diet alone. One such nutrient that is vital for men is vitamin d. With almost half of the population being deficient it is important to supplement.1 Vitamin D3 helps optimize testosterone, bone health, and the immune system.2 For men, a good multivitamin goes beyond the basics to include herbs like saw palmetto for prostate health, antioxidants for the heart, and turmeric for inflammation.

Fish oil: We’ve all heard the beneficial fats known as omega-3s in fish oil are cardio protective and an essential brain fuel.3 Did you also know they are essential for hormone balance and cellular function? Omega-3s make our cells both more flexible and permeable so they can transport nutrients and hormones in and out as well get rid of waste. Keep your hormones optimized and your bodies running efficiently with fish oil.

CoQ10: Coenzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient that helps fuel every cell in the body. The highest concentration of CoQ10 is found in the heart which we see most of the benefits. CoQ10 can lower blood pressure and protect blood vessels from damage.4 CoQ10 has also been studied for its ability to improve sperm quality as well as its ability to help burn fat during exercise.

Ginseng: Ginseng has been used as a vitality enhancer for thousands of years. A Korean study showed that 60% of males who used ginseng reduced erectile dysfunction.5  Other proven benefits include lowering blood sugar, enhancing metabolism, reducing stress, and improving brain function. There are many forms of ginseng but the most researched for men would be Korean “red” ginseng.

Magnesium: Magnesium is the number one nutrient we aren’t getting through diet. With up to 68% of the population deficient supplementation is vital.6 Magnesium has over 600 metabolic functions ranging from energy production to muscle building. Magnesium has been shown to lower stress hormones, improve sleep, reduce inflammation, and protect the brain. In fact, in times of stress the body’s demand for magnesium dramatically increases. For men this is especially important because stress is one of the main reasons for inflammation, heart disease, and low testosterone.

So men, next time you’re in the Shoppe talk to one of our trained nutritionist to find the best supplements in each category to take your health to the next level.



References:

[1] http://www.nrjournal.com/article/S0271-5317(10)00259-9/fulltext
[2] Nimptsch, Katharina, et al. “Association between plasma 25‐OH Vitamin D and testosterone levels in men.” Clinical Endocrinology 77.1 (2012): 106-112.
[3] Dietary supplementation with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E after myocardial infarction: results of the GISSI-Prevenzione trial. Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell’Infarto miocardico. Lancet. 1999; 354:447-55.
[4] Hodgson JM, Watts GF, Playford DA, et al. Coenzyme Q(10) improves blood pressure and glycaemic control: a controlled trial in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2002;56:1137-1142.
[5] Hong B, Ji YH, Hong JH, et al. A double-blind crossover study evaluating the efficacy of Korean red ginseng in patients with erectile dysfunction: a preliminary report. J Urol 2002;168:2070-3
[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15930481

Published By:

Bryan Bradford

Bryan Bradford is the lead nutrition specialist, Certified Health Coach and Chief Nutrition Officer and one of the founding family members of Sunflower Shoppe.

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