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Men’s health supplements are typically defined by two main categories: a men’s multivitamin and a prostate health supplement like saw palmetto, lycopene or pumpkin seed oil. While prostate health is often the number one concern for men, overall health and wellness support from a high quality multivitamin and mineral complex designed specifically for a man’s body can’t be overlooked. The following guide to choosing men’s supplements will help you pick the right supplements for your health goals.
Saw Palmetto is far and away the most popular herb for prostate health. But there are several other nutrients that have been the focus of much research and study for their potential supporting benefits, including lycopene (the nutrient from tomatoes), selenium, zinc, pumpkin seed oil and DIM (diindolylmethane). Let’s first take a closer look at Saw Palmetto.
Saw palmetto is available in two forms: a whole herb, which provides saw palmetto the way it appears in nature, and a standardized extract, guaranteed to provide a certain percentage of fatty acids and sterols as stated on the label. While some view the standardized extract as being better because the fatty acid content is higher, a whole-herb formula provides the other natural compounds unique to saw palmetto. The whole herb form also provides the possible synergistic benefits derived from the natural mix of fatty acids and sterols. The choice is yours, but many find it best to try both to see which works best with their bodies.
Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a natural compound derived from cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale. BioDIM is the only stabilized, bio-available form of dietary DIM, providing the natural prostate health supporting power of green veggies for men concerned about the health of their prostate gland. Interestingly, BioDIM also provides dietary support for women concerned about the effects of midlife changes.
Lycopene is that old familiar nutrient found primarily in tomatoes (and yes, ketchup!). It is a member of the carotenoid family, which includes beta-carotene and lutein, and has potent antioxidant capabilities that naturally support optimum prostate health. Thanks to lycopene’s natural health advantages, you now have another reason to enjoy tomato-based dishes and sauces.
A great natural source for daily prostate support, pumpkin seed oil features a nutritional profile ideally suited for the mature man concerned about his prostate health. Pumpkin seed oil was used by generations of Native Americans for a wide range of applications because of its bountiful nutrient profile, which includes essential fatty acids (both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), amino acids, phytosterols (e.g. beta-sitosterol) minerals and vitamins. Today, pumpkin seed oil continues to provide natural support for prostate health.
You may not think of zinc as a prostate health nutrient, but this trace mineral packs a healthy punch throughout your entire body. In fact, zinc is a component of more than 300 enzymes that are utilized for everything from immune support to free radical fighting. It also helps keep hair, skin and nails healthy. Research indicates that the body may more readily absorb zinc when it is chelated to picolinic acid, as in our Swanson Premium Zinc Picolinate supplement, making it a natural choice for prostate support.
Want the best of everything? Then consider a combination formula for prostate health that combines the natural power of the most popular nutrients for prostate support. Here are two of our best combination formulas.
Homeopathic remedies offer another avenue of natural support for men’s health, specifically regarding prostate maintenance. For example, Swanson Homeopathic Prostate Formula contains tried-and-true homeopathic ingredients, such as Aurum metallicum and Sabal serrulata, for the temporary relief of continuous or sudden urge to urinate, difficulty or pain while urinating, or interrupted urine flow.
The nutritional needs of the male body are definitely different than the needs of a female body, or a child’s body for that matter. That’s why Swanson has developed multivitamins that are tailored for the unique needs of men, focusing on providing nutritional support for things like cardiovascular health, healthy blood pressure maintenance, as well as prostate health. Several formulas also include nutrients that promote healthy sexual function, but our third and final category below focuses exclusively on sexual health support.
Never underestimate the importance of intimacy and sexuality. A healthy love life can be a key factor in maintaining overall health and wellness for men and women alike, and it has been linked to such things as cardiovascular health and prostate health support. Here are two Swanson Health Products formulas designed specifically to support men’s sexual health and function.
Mega Tribulus is for men looking to recharge their libidos naturally. It is a time-honored natural libido-supporting herb that utilizes natural compounds called steroidal saponins, which provide a powerful boost for sexual arousal and stamina. Just listen to what one satisfied customer, Corri, had to say about Mega Tribulus: "They take a week or so to get into your system and working, but once they start working...watch out! :) These are WONDERFUL! Highly recommended!"
When it comes to natural health, the Japanese have proven again and again that they understand the natural power of Mother Earth and her bounty of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. Natural Japanese Oyster Extract is no exception, as it has long been popular in Japan and is just now catching on worldwide. Historically used to stimulate the libido (as you might have guessed), new evidence suggests more broad-spectrum benefits thanks to oyster's zinc, glycogen, taurine and other nutrients. Try it today and see why it is one of the more popular sexual health supplements around.
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