Three Self-Care Nutrients for Men

Men and women, at times, appear to be from completely different planets. We differ not only in the way we communicate and how we address issues, but also in our anatomy and nutritional needs. For this article, I want to focus on the gents, and dive into some of the nutrients and natural remedies that are important for prostate health as well as their overall health.

Lycopene

Lycopene is a red-colored phytonutrient responsible for giving tomatoes their vibrant red color. This antioxidant can provide the body with wonderful support for skin and overall health. But it’s most famous for its prostate health support. Foods that are rich in lycopene include tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and guava. Some nutrients, like vitamin C, are found in more abundance in foods when they don’t go through processes that expose them to heat (like cooking). This is not the case for lycopene. Cooking your tomatoes might lower their vitamin C, but it will make the lycopene more available for the body to absorb. Another great way to make sure the body is absorbing these nutrients is by adding a healthy source of fat, like olive oil. So be sure to include a delicious, warm tomato soup with a drizzle of olive oil more often on the menu.

Omega-3

This type of healthy fat is a powerhouse when it comes to its anti-inflammatory properties. Not only do omega-3s support prostate health, they are especially important when it comes to cardiovascular, joint, and brain health! Some ways to increase these healthy fats in your day-to-day diet is by consuming more fish, especially salmon. Since salmon may not be for everyone, omega-3 fats can also be found in flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts. These can be easily incorporated into practical smoothies that will give the body a nice nutrition boost.

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is a palm-like plant that contains purple berries rich in flavonoids. These berries have been used for years as a natural remedy to support urinary tract health and even give a libido boost. It acts by slowing down the production of an enzyme that converts testosterone. Because of this, saw palmetto is known for supporting prostate health as well as helping with the loss of libido and even hair loss.

When talking about men’s wellness it’s not only about addressing specific nutrients. A healthy and balanced diet, staying active, getting enough sleep, and managing stress are still very important aspects of embracing one’s overall health. And stress management is equally important. We don’t realize it, but stress is a key player in contributing to the development of other conditions that affect heart, immune system, and even brain health. For some reason, women are more likely to incorporate self-care routines into their day-to-day. But men should not ignore these techniques: embracing meditation and taking care of yourself is not only manly but sexy too!

And lastly, I want to share one of my favorite organizations: The Movember Foundation. This is a charity that puts men’s health front and center, and it addresses the main health issues that men face. It’s a great (and fun) place to start educating and offer support for men.   

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