Vitamins and minerals particularly essential for men

Men and women are different and have somewhat different nutritional needs. This article is focused on vitamins and minerals particularly essential for men.

Men don’t get enough of these vitamins and minerals in the modern diet. On average, men need to eat 350 percent more vegetables and 150 percent more fruit in order to ingest the nutrients they need for optimal health.

Here are some of the most important nutrients particularly essential to men:

Vitamins D and C,  and minerals calcium and magnesium are nutrients vitally important to both men and women, and they have been written about many times on this blogsite.  So we will focus on nutrients not as well recognized as so important for men’s health.

*B-COMPLEX VITAMINS— are essential to use protein, make DNA, form healthy red blood cells and prevent unhealthy damage to sperm cells linked to abnormalities in children.

Food sources include dark, green leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli, asparagus, beans, nuts and liver.

*ZINC—is especially important for men in warding off prostate problems. Zinc helps make proteins throughout the body, fights infections and heals wounds. Red meat and seafood (especially oysters) are the best natural source. Beans are also a good source of zinc, but the body doesn’t absorb it as well as meat.

Other good sources of zinc include green peas, egg yolks, oats, pumpkin seed, lamb and Brazil nuts, peanuts, pecans and almonds.

Good stomach acid and adequate amounts of vitamins A, E, B6, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus all help the body’s absorption of zinc.

The prostate naturally enlarges with age. By the age of 50, 40 percent of men have prostate problems. The bigger the prostate gets the greater chance some cells will become cancerous—mainly due to highly inflammatory diets full of gluten, cancer-causing GMOs, sugars and chemical additives.

*POTASSIUM—helps combat high blood pressure. It is a key nutrient for healthy blood vessels as men age. Good food sources are dark green, leafy vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, prunes, raisins and tuna.

NOT the Standard American Diet. It’s destructive to men’s health.

VITAMIN A —is important. It boosts the immune system and protects the prostate gland. It helps keep the eyes healthy and men will find it most in the yellow vegetables and fruits such as apricots, cantaloupes, winter squash, sweet potatoes and cruciferous vegetables.

VITAMIN K—is essential for building and rebuilding bones, but more on this important vitamin for men can be found in an earlier blog.

Prostate problems and even death by cancer are common in today’s American men, sometimes from chemical treatment of tiny tumors that never would have killed them in the first place. Some critics claim that PSA tests result in false ‘positives’  up to 80 percent of the time!

On the natural treatment side , the herb saw palmetto has been used since ancient times for prostate (urination, impotence) problems–in old days considered particularly essential for men.

However, the effectiveness of saw palmetto is now under attack by the medical and pharmaceutical industry, so research and make your own decision.

Today, the most recent natural treatment for prostate problems is focused on ginger root, based on a study recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

The study showed that doses of ginger extract killed human prostate cancer cells, while healthy cells did not die.

A minimal amount of research will show that in Asian countries and India which have used a lot of ginger since ancient times, prostate problems are a fraction of what they are in the U.S.

In fact, the U.S. is the world’s leading nation of prostate problems.

Midlife men would do well to study the whys and wherefores—and maybe even prevent the onslaught of prostate problems—the natural way.