Which Supplements Should Men Take?
Even if you try to eat the perfect diet, it can still be difficult to get
in your daily dose of recommended vitamins and minerals, which are important
for energy and normal functioning of your body’s systems. While
many nutrients come from a diet rich in vegetables and fruit, some men
struggle to get in those servings. And not getting enough can negatively
affect your long-term health.
Here are some important vitamins and supplements men should consider:
Fiber – has a positive impact on health issues including heart disease,
diverticulitis, obesity, colon cancer, diabetes and more. It also helps
you stay regular.
Vitamin D - is incredibly difficult to get from a food source but it aids your body
in absorbing calcium, helps reduce inflammation, improve mood, and boost
immune function. Having a Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to several
serious health issues, including depression, dementia, and heart disease.
There is even some evidence that vitamin D can help increase testosterone levels.
Omega-3s - helps support cardiovascular health, joint health, and brain health.
Palmetto Extract – often prescribed for reproductive and urinary tract issues and support
prostate health. This vitamin is derived from a tree shrub with dark red berries.
Magnesium - is important for blood glucose control, protein synthesis, nerve function,
and more. Magnesium supplementation can support blood levels of testosterone
and muscular health, especially when coupled with exercise.
Before beginning a new regimen, talk with your doctor about whether a multivitamin
or individual supplements might be the best way to get what your body needs.
Jacob Wood, MD
Baton Rouge Family Medical Center
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