The Best Ingredients for Men’s Health
Men face unique challenges today when it comes to their health — from increased rates of advanced-stage prostate cancer to low testosterone levels. And as men age, their risk of certain diseases such as heart disease, increases considerably. To compound the issue, statistics show that men are more likely to put off seeing a doctor unless something serious develops.
What’s the recipe for ultimate health for men? The following doctor-recommended ingredients address the most common men’s health issues. Get ready to transform your body and well-being.
Natural Testosterone Support
Fatigue, depression, reduced vitality, and low sex drive are just a few of the symptoms associated with low levels of testosterone, or “low T” as it’s now known. Estimates are that 2 in every 100 men have low levels of testosterone, defined as 300 nanogram (ng) or less of the hormone per deciliter (dl) of blood. Levels naturally decline with age, but they can also dip dramatically regardless of age.
Low T has been implicated in weight gain, osteoporosis, decreased muscle mass, heart disease, and even early death. So it’s vital to get your testosterone checked with a simple blood test. If you do in fact test on the low end, you have a few options. Prescription testosterone can help, but it may cause side effects such as an enlarged prostate. Natural options are safe and can be quite effective.
Some top recommendations for increasing vitality and enhancing testosterone production:
- DHEA, a hormone that peaks in the 20s, has been shown (in supplement form) to enhance testosterone levels and boost strength in middle-aged men.1
- Fenugreek and ashwagandha are adaptogenic herbs that promote energy and have been shown to increase testosterone levels in men.2,3
- Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom known to help increase testosterone and boost energy and overall vitality.4
- L-carnitine and CoQ10 are two energizing nutrients that support mitochondria, responsible for the bulk of the body’s cellular energy and testosterone levels.5
- Vitamin D, which is involved in healthy sperm development, has been shown to raise testosterone levels in men who are low.6
- Zinc deficiency has been associated with low testosterone. According to one study, six weeks of zinc supplementation significantly increased testosterone in men with low levels.7
A daily prostate supplement is essential for all men. Cover all your bases with ProstaCaid. This researched formula contains a blend of vitamins, minerals, and herbs that offers total prostate support, as well as support for overall men’s health. You’ll find important vitamins and minerals for men such as zinc and vitamin D, along with prostate-friendly herbs and food-based nutrients such as pomegranate extract and turmeric that promote healthy prostate and urinary function. ProstaCaid is shown in four published studies to actively support prostate cellular health and prostate and urinary function in men.*8
Superfoods for Men
A low-sugar (low-glycemic) diet practically guarantees that you’ll have all-day energy without glucose spikes and crashes. High insulin levels, which are most often caused by eating too much sugar and other carbs, are linked to low testosterone.
What should you eat? Here are some nutrient-dense foods to emphasize in your diet:
- Healthy fats. These play a vital role in testosterone production. Try walnuts, macadamia nuts, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil, and omega-3 rich fish such as salmon, anchovies, black cod, sardines, mackerel, and bluefin tuna. Interesting side note: In traditional Chinese medicine, walnuts are used to strengthen the reproductive system. They are also thought to increase libido and boost nitric oxide (necessary for erections).9
- Liver, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, lamb, beef, and oysters for zinc and protein to help boost testosterone production
- Eggs for vitamin D, cholesterol, and protein (cholesterol is an important building block for testosterone production).
- Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and other cruciferous vegetable are a great source of indole-3-carbinol, a compound that helps to metabolize unhealthy estrogens and indirectly impact testosterone levels.10
- Garlic: When combined with protein, garlic has been shown to support healthy testosterone. The stinking rose contains diallyl disulfide, a chemical associated with testosterone production.11
Modified Citrus Pectin
Available in powder, capsule, and chewable forms, PectaSol Modified Citrus Pectin delivers powerful benefits to your whole body. More than 75 studies have shown the supplement’s far-reaching effects on health. It works at a cellular level to help you age well and support optimal organ and tissues function. And in a recent multi-center clinical study, PectaSol modified citrus pectin was shown to be safe and effective as a non-hormonal, oncological nutritional solution to actively support and defend long-term prostate health. Learn more.
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- Liu TC, Lin CH, Huang CY, et al. Effect of acute DHEA administration on free testosterone in middle-aged and young men following high-intensity interval training. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2013 Jul;113(7):1783-92.
- Mansoori A, Hosseini S, Zilaee M, et al. Effect of fenugreek extract supplement on testosterone levels in male: A meta-analysis of clinical trials. Phytother Res. 2020 Jul;34(7):1550-1555.
- Mahdi AA, Shukla KK, Ahmad MK, et al. Withania somnifera Improves Semen Quality in Stress-Related Male Fertility [published online ahead of print, 2009 Sep 29]. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2009;2011:576962.
- Chen YC, Chen YH, Pan BS, Chang MM, Huang BM. Functional study of Cordyceps sinensis and cordycepin in male reproduction: A review. J Food Drug Anal. 2017 Jan;25(1):197-205.
- Lazarev A, Bezuglov E. Testosterone Boosters Intake in Athletes: Current Evidence and Further Directions. Endocrines. 2021; 2(2):109-120.
- Chen C, Zhai H, Cheng J, et al. Causal Link Between Vitamin D and Total Testosterone in Men: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Aug 1;104(8):3148-3156.
- Koehler, K., Parr, M., Geyer, H. et al. Serum testosterone and urinary excretion of steroid hormone metabolites after administration of a high-dose zinc supplement. Eur J Clin Nutr 63, 65–70 (2009).
- Eliaz I, Weil E, Wilk B. Improvements in Self-reported Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms With Prostate Health Supplement. Altern Ther Health Med. 2018 Sep;24(5):26-32. PMID: 29428929.
- Bostani, Motahareh & Aqababa, Haidar & Hosseini, Ebrahim & Changizi-Ashtiyani, Saeed. (2014). A Study on the Effects of Walnut oil on Plasma Levels of Testosterone Pre and Post Puberty in Male Rats. 266-275.
- Chang YC, Riby J, Chang GH, et al. Cytostatic and antiestrogenic effects of 2-(indol-3-ylmethyl)-3,3'-diindolylmethane, a major in vivo product of dietary indole-3-carbinol. Biochem Pharmacol. 1999 Sep 1;58(5):825-34.
- Oi Y, Imafuku M, Shishido C, et al. Garlic supplementation increases testicular testosterone and decreases plasma corticosterone in rats fed a high protein diet. J Nutr. 2001 Aug;131(8):2150-6.
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