It's National Men's Health Week, so there's no better time to talk about the essential nutrients for male health.
In a recent Pharma Nord survey among 2000 UK adults, just 15 per cent of men said they don't worry about their health as they feel fit and healthy. Only one quarter said they eat healthily to decrease the risk of becoming ill.
The impact that nutrition can have on overall health and well-being should not be underestimated.
Here we give a round-up of nutrients that you should make sure you get in your diet, or through supplementation, and why they are important for male health.
A focus on fertility
This essential trace element is of fundamental importance to human health. UK soils are deficient in selenium, which is manifested up the food chain. As a result, selenium supplements are widely taken.
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. It can help to maintain a healthy immune system, which is important to protect against infectious bacteria and viruses, as well as cancer cells. Selenium plays an important role in maintaining fertility by promoting sperm motility. Pharma Nord's Bio-Selenium + Zinc contains more than 30 organic selenium compounds.
Nature's energy boost
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is required by every cell in our bodies as part of their energy mechanism. Foods such as dark leafy greens, nuts and fish contain CoQ10 but most is manufactured within our bodies. Our ability to do this decreases from our mid-twenties, which is why topping up with a supplement such as Bio-Quinone Q10 makes sense.
The sunshine vitamin
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) estimates that more than 10 million people in the UK are deficient in vitamin D due to a lack of exposure to strong sunlight. Some say that vitamin D is a more powerful immune booster than vitamin C, helping to protect against flu and colds.
Vitamin D is important for bone health, helping us to absorb calcium from the digestive tract. A deficiency can result in bone and muscle pain, poor bone mineralisation (softer bones) and a greater risk of osteoporosis as we age. There are also links to depression, tiredness and fatigue and heart disease.
If choosing a vitamin D supplement, look for a minimum of 800 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the same as the form produced naturally in the skin. Vitamin D is best absorbed when dissolved in oil-based capsules such as Pharma Nord's Bio-Vitamin D3.
Let's talk about sex
Difficulty achieving an erection can affect the majority of men at some point in their lives. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as alcohol consumption, tiredness, poor blood flow and chronic illness. Prelox is a supplement combining an extract from the French maritime pine tree with an amino acid found naturally in our bodies, L-arginine. Together the natural ingredients increase nitric oxide production, stimulate circulation and blood flow and protect blood vessels from the damage that can occur from normal ageing.June 2015