Every man is unique, but there are a few common concerns that span lifestyles and generations. Sarah Cook, naturopathic doctor at our Los Gatos, Calif., store explores some universal issues–and offers some helpful suggestions–to help keep you or the man in your life on track.
Men’s Supplement All-Stars
|Can help.*||Zinc||Fish Oils||L-Arginine||Saw Palmetto||CoQ10|
|Improve athletic performance|
|Lower blood pressure|
|Reduce risk of heart disease|
|Prevent prostate problems|
|Improve immune function|
About the All-Stars
Zinc is an antioxidant mineral that concentrates in the male prostate. Zinc supports male fertility by improving sperm count and quality, improving immune function and increasing a man’s resistance to urinary tract infections and prostatitis. Zinc also improves muscle strength and athletic performance.
One to try: Pharmaca Zinc Citrate
Fish oils provide essential omega-3 fatty acids that both combat inflammation and reduce risk factors for heart disease. Fish oils, especially from fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and herring, may be helpful in lowering triglyceride levels, blood pressure and improving glucose tolerance.
One to try: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega
L-arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that’s used by the body to make creatine, an energy source for muscles-one reason it may improve athletic performance. The body also uses L-arginine to make nitric oxide, causing blood vessels to dilate and aiding conditions such as chest pain, clogged arteries, heart disease, erectile dysfunction and headaches. (A word of caution: L-arginine may reactivate the herpes virus in those already affected.)
One to try: Bluebonnet L-Arginine
Saw palmetto is the leading natural treatment for benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate gland that puts pressure on the urethra and therefore increases the need to urinate. Saw Palmetto works by reducing the size of the prostate, and can be taken by any man interested in supporting prostate health. Look for saw palmetto supplements that contain 80-95% fatty acids.
One to try: Gaia Herbs Liquid Phyto-Caps Saw Palmetto Berry
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
There’s evidence that CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant, may improve athletic performance, decrease blood pressure, improve male fertility and reduce PSA levels, a marker for prostate cancer. Also, it’s important to know that statins deplete CoQ10, so any man on cholesterol-lowering medications should consider taking extra CoQ10.
One to try: Jarrow’s Q-Absorb