When compared with women, men tend to be more passive when it comes to looking after their health. Things are changing, however, and recent national campaigns have sought to raise awareness around health issues that commonly affect men, in order to help encourage a more proactive approach to their health.
Did you know?
• One-third of men aged 50 years and over experience problems with their prostate.
• Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK. One in nine men are likely to be affected by prostate cancer in the UK, comparable to the estimated one in nine women likely to be affected by breast cancer.
• 2,209 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009. 47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years, and over 90% occur in men under 55 years.
• 26% of UK men have experienced impotence to some degree and 5% of men experience impotence all or most of the time.
• Latest statistics show that the number of males with a healthy BMI has fallen to just 34% of men.
Nutrition for men’s health – a proactive approach
Supporting optimal health requires a proactive approach and this is just as relevant for men as it is for women. Research has shown that effective nutrition can offer many benefits for common problems affecting male prostate health and sexual function, and has a role to play in helping to prevent certain cancers. Targeted nutrition can help to improve exercise performance and significantly enhance training results too.
Optimal nutrition for prostate health
One-third of men aged 50 years and over suffer from prostate conditions that negatively affect their quality of life, yet most men aren’t even aware of what their prostate is, or what it does.
The prostate is a small gland that surrounds the urethra, a tube that transports urine from the bladder to the penis and carries semen during ejaculation. The prostate also produces a thick fluid that forms part of semen. The prostate gland grows quite a lot during puberty due to the rising levels of testosterone and then doesn’t change much until about the age of 40, when it slowly begins to grow again, and in many men, doesn’t stop.
Approximately 50% of men aren’t bothered by their growing prostate, but others may develop one of three prostate conditions; enlarged prostate (BPH), prostate cancer, or prostatitis, or more than one. The earlier men recognise a problem with their prostate and seek help, the better the outcome of treatment is likely to be.
Natural Support for the Prostate
Specific botanicals and nutrients can help to protect the health of the prostate at any age. Those that have been shown in studies to help support prostate health include the following:
• plant sterols / beta sitosterol
• saw palmetto
• stinging nettles
Optimal nutrition for exercise & training
Regular exercise is known to have many benefits on overall health yet experts now agree that simultaneously supporting the body with targeted nutrition can actually enhance the results.
In simple terms, thermogenesis is a process of heat production in the body which temporarily speeds up the rate at which the body burns calories. Thermogenesis is a bit like pressing a car’s accelerator and speeding up the rate of fuel consumption. Whether the goal is achieving optimal body weight, improving body composition (ratio of fat:lean tissue), building muscle or a combination of all three, supporting increased thermogenesis is a useful target.
Increased thermogenesis can help with the following
• Enhanced training results
• Body composition
• Healthy weight loss
Natural Support for Thermogenesis
Specific nutrients and botanicals can be used to help to induce thermogenesis and enhance the speed at which these goals are reached.
Those that have shown significant benefits for supporting thermogenesis include:
• green coffee
• green tea
• black pepper (piperine)
• targeted B vitamins (B1, B3, B5 & biotin)
Testosterone is an anabolic hormone, termed such because of its positive effects on building muscles and strong bones, particularly in response to exercise. Healthy testosterone levels support improved body composition (ratio of fat: lean tissue) and a leaner physique. In terms of exercise and training, balanced testosterone levels support better results.
Natural Support for Testosterone Balance
Diindolylmethane (DIM), a powerful phytochemical found in high quantities in cruciferous vegetables (eg, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts), is known largely for its ability to help support healthy oestrogen levels in women, but the way the body handles oestrogen is a significant concern for men too.
Oestrogen and testosterone are very closely linked and therefore helping to balance these two hormones in men can significantly enhance the results you’d expect to achieve from training. DIM is also known to help support optimal sexual function, reduced cancer risk and prostate health.
Powerful phytonutrient support with Diindolylmethane (DIM):
• Oestrogen balance
• Enhanced training results
• Optimal sexual function
• Reduced cancer risk
• Prostate health