Supplements shouldn’t be used in place of a well-balanced diet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their place. With people living busier lives, many will find it impossible to stick to a healthy eating plan all the time, and sometimes we need more of the required nutrients needed to support the body, this is where supplements come in. Supplements are made to ‘supplement’ the diet and provide an easy way of filling any nutritional gaps and at the same time helping prevent nutritional deficiencies. When it comes to optimising mens health there are a few key vitamins and minerals that can have added benefit year round.
A cofactor for over 300 enzymic reactions in the body. Magnesium is an important mineral for muscle function, energy production, nerve function and it can even help with regulating blood pressure. A full magnesium deficiency is not that common, but even a slight deficiency can cause unwanted symptoms. Supplementing with magnesium can help get testosterone levels back to normal and increase free and total testosterone levels.
Containing omega- 3 fatty acids and has been shown to improve male fertility, with one study showing it to be beneficial in treating erectile dysfunction. It offers many other benefits including supporting eye, heart and mental health. Regularly eating oily fish will help keep your omega 3 fatty acids at a good level, but for those who don’t supplementing is the best way.
The sunshine vitamin. With winter fast approaching we are seeing less our main source of vitamin D - the sun. Everyone, not just men should supplement with vitamin D over the colder months. It plays an important role in the absorption or calcium, keeping bones and teeth strong as well as regulating the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency and testosterone deficiency can be linked, supplementing with vitamin D may help increase testosterone levels in men who have low testosterone.
Taking a vitamin B complex supplement is an excellent way to make sure you are not missing out on any of the important health benefits of the different 8 different B vitamins. They each have their own important role to play, and combined help with energy levels, cell health, and reduced levels of stress. Vitamin B also plays an important role in regulating hormones for men and woman.
Taking a multi nutrient vitamin specially designed for mens can be the easiest way to cover all the bases. They are designed to have all the vitamins and minerals beneficial to mens health.
Remember to always speak to your Doctor before starting a new supplement especially if you have an existing illness or taking medication as some supplements can interfere with this.