PROMOTING MENS HEALTH
We ask Nutritionist Tracey Howell and Herbalist Cassandra Hilton of The Compounding Pharmacy Australia what they believe are essential requirements for mens health.
The antioxidant nutrients vitamins C, E and A are beneficial for men’s health, acting as free radical scavengers and helping to reduce the risk of cell damage.Vitamin C protects against lipid peroxidation, oxidative DNA damage and oxidative protein damage by scavenging peroxyl and hydroxyl radicals.Vitamin E is an important lipid-soluble antioxidant, protecting polyunsaturated fatty acids of cell membranes and LDL from oxidation. Vitamin A is required for the maintenance of healthy epithelial and mucosal surfaces (including the respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary mucosa).
Selenium is one of the body’s key antioxidant nutrients. In men, selenium is essential for testosterone synthesis and the formation of healthy sperm and sperm motility. Low selenium levels are associated with suboptimal sperm health.
If you’re wanting to maintain a healthy heart, supplementation of vitamins B6, B12 and folate and CoQ10 may help support cardiovascular health.
For those concerned about maintaining blood glucose levels, research has shown that chromium provides nutritional support for healthy blood glucose, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.
Regular physical activity assists in maintaining a healthy body weight and reduces the risk of many chronic conditions and injuries. Research suggests that exercise may increase the requirements for riboflavin and vitamin B6. Thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B6 assist the body’s energy-producing processes.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for 70% of the bodies enzyme processes. Factors that increse the demand for magnesium include athletic performance, alcoholism, high fat, high sugar diets and liver cirrhosis. Muscle relaxation is crucial to a good night sleep and assists in maintaining ionic balance, preventing muscle cramps and reducing muscular spasms.
Traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicines are used to support the adaptation to stress, improve energy levels and combat fatigue, enhance fertility and microcirculation. Korean ginseng, Saw palmetto, Gingko biloba and Withania somnifera, Bulgarian tribulus, Rhodiola rosea.