The 5 Supplements Every Man Should Be Taking
Often men convince themselves that they’re invincible, until age starts to prove them otherwise. With our modern diet and sedentary lifestyle (not to mention less time spent outdoors), it is extremely easy to miss many of the nutrients most important for keeping our health at the highest level.
In order to combat the aging process and keep every man at their peak performance for years beyond the usual drop-off, here are the 5 best natural supplements for immediate results along with the long-lasting effects all men can get excited about.
IGF-1. IGF-1 is essential for delaying the aging process. This protein is essential in the growth of children and provides anabolic effects for adults. As we age IGF-1 naturally decreases in our bodies.
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- Fish Oil. In fish oil you receive Omega-3 fatty acids which keep blood pressure and triglyceride levels low. That keeps the heart beating regularly. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, other benefits include decreased inflammation, cardiovascular disease, joint pain, metabolic syndromes, and more.
Along with all these amazing effects, fish oil is also been found to aid in weight loss and eye health. It’s even shown results for improving hyperactivity in children and relieving asthma. Some have even reported it healing their cavities!
In other words, get over whining about that nasty fish taste and start taking your fish oil immediately.
Calcium. Calcium is essential for teeth and bone health. But it also supports nerve and muscular contractions, cardiovascular function and neurosignaling (that’s a big word meaning it helps brain function). Not getting enough calcium in your diet can lead to osteopenia, the start of osteoporosis.
A lack of calcium can also prevent children from reaching their full height.
The body does not naturally produce calcium, which makes it very important to find it as much as possible in your diet. Calcium also cannot be absorbed without the proper amount of Vitamin D* (more on that later).
Good amounts of Calcium can be found in milk, fish, and dark, leafy vegetables.
- Fiber. Another heart builder. Fiber decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease by cleaning out cholesterol and plaque build-up in the artery walls. It also helps digestion, decreasing the risk of colon cancer. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, fiber also regulates the body’s use of sugars, keeping hunger and blood sugar in check (preventing diabetes).
Both soluble fiber (dissolves in water) and insoluble fiber (doesn’t dissolve in water) are beneficial to health.
In order to get the proper amount of fiber it’s essential to eat plenty of whole grains, raw nuts, raw vegetables, and certain fruits.
And just in case you were looking for another reason why you should increase the fiber in your diet, it helps break up constipation too.
Vitamin D. The great sun vitamin! The NCBI reports that up to 40% of Americans are currently deficient in Vitamin D. Unfortunately calcium cannot do its work without Vitamin D, meaning that it is essential to bone health. Muscles also need it for movement and the immune system needs Vitamin D for fighting off bacteria and viruses.
Vitamin D is also necessary for fighting off cancer, as it is extremely important for regulating cell regeneration and communication of cells.
And if that wasn’t enough, studies have shown that a lack of Vitamin D can lead to fatigue, painful bones and back, depression, hair loss and muscle pain.
Prolonged deficiency can result in obesity, diabetes, hypertension, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and Alzheimer’s.
Now you have even more reasons to keep taking your dog out for a long walk.
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Vitamin and nutrient deficiency is found in nearly all men these days. A lot of it is because of our diet in the western world, but there are other factors at play as well. Resolving these deficiencies by taking healthy supplements will help improve overall health including: better muscle strength, faster metabolism and fat loss, more energy, better sleep, improved sexual performance, and protection against major health problems.
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