Nutritional needs of men are different from women in several ways. Here is a comprehensive guide on foods that boost men’s health.
Popping a multi-vitamin pill everyday or supplements not always fulfil nutritional needs of men. Moreover, the pills meant to safeguard our health might have an adverse effect altogether. Apart from not being able to fulfil the promise of extra energy, deciding on supplements and multivitamins is also confusing.
The nutrients we look for to safeguard and boost our health can be easily obtained from various foods. Listed are some of the foods that boost men’s health.
Oysters: Oyster can be referred to as a super-food that can fulfil our daily requirement of antioxidant mineral, zinc. Zinc is an essential nutrient for various body processes, ranging from DNA production to cells repairing. Protection against cellular damage and increasing sperm counts are among prominent benefits of zinc.
Fish: Fish contains valuable omega-3 fatty acids, which lower down the risk of heart diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids help restricting cholesterol and triglyceride under normal limits. Furthermore, fish consumption also prevents development of prostate cancer.
Broccoli: Almost all cruciferous vegetables are healthful. Broccoli is one of them with nutrients such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and a phyto-chemical called sulforaphane, which has strong anti-cancer (prostate and colon) properties. Broccoli acts as a healing food for athletic men who tend to experience injuries, providing collagen which builds up skin, ligaments and scar tissues.
Bananas: Bananas are an instant source of energy. It’s an excellent pre and post-workout snack for men who work out. Rich in potassium and magnesium, bananas also help regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, besides reducing the risk of stroke. Moreover, bananas aid your immune system, contributing to red blood cells formation and assisting in protein metabolism.
Soy: Soy prevents estrogen imbalance in men besides helping treat benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer. According to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 25 grams of soy protein per day helps to keep heart diseases at bay. It is recommended to have a few servings of soy products, such as soy nuts, soy milk, soy cheese, veggie burgers, tofu and edamame.
Whole grains: Whole grains contain sufficient amount of fibre, vitamins and minerals to improve musclebuilding and keeping waistlines small. Foods such as oatmeal and barley are rich in soluble fibre and B vitamin(s) that lowers bad cholesterol and contributes to the prostate.
It is not about adhering to one particular healthy food option; it is about fulfilling the body’s basic requirements with a variety of essential nutrients that is easily available to us.
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