Five supplements every guy should take
The essentials for a leaner, healthier and fitter physique.
Most men are babies when it comes to their health. The first sign of sniffles and they think they’re dying! All the more reason they should take supplements and vitamins to prevent illness. If you are the guy take them starting today, and if you’re a savvy Nykaa woman, encourage your father/brother/boyfriend/partner to take them ASAP!
Zinc for optimal testosterone levels
A man’s testosterone levels start tapering off with stress, age and obesity. Too little is spoken about the role testosterone plays in men’s health; low testosterone is linked to depression, osteoporosis, lowered libido, obesity and heart disease. Taking testosterone shots is too radical, even dangerous. The best way to safely up testosterone levels in the blood and the secretion of LH, the hormone that stimulates the production of testosterone is adequate zinc. Encourage your guy to start taking a zinc fortified supplement. How much? About 25 to 50 mg a day with food.
Nykaa recommends HealthVit C-Vit Vitamin C & Zinc (60 tablets).
Fish Oils for heart and prostate health
The benefits of fish oils are far reaching. These anti-inflammatory fatty acids have a protective effect on the heart, brain, eyes, blood vessels, joints and immunity. The perfect way to get protection from the side effects of a stressful life! Also very important for heart health considering Indians are genetically prone to heart disease. A study by Cancer Prevention Research also concluded that fish oils benefit the prostrate. The study showed that men with prostate cancer who combined a low-fat diet with fish oil supplements had a slower growth rate of cancer cells. Additionally, fish oils are known to reduce triglyceride levels that increase your risk of strokes and heart attacks. Need more proof? Dosage: two to three capsules daily after meals with a glass of water.
Nykaa recommends: Unived Ovegha DHA Max, Vegan Omega-3 DHA, 400mg DHA -60 Veg Caps and Nature’s Bounty Odorless Fish Oil 1200 mg.
Antioxidants to delay aging and control blood pressure
Antioxidants undo free radical damage in the body and fresh vegetables and fruits are the best sources. Vitamins such as C and E, Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid are the key antioxidants that prevent cellular damage caused by pollution, sun exposure and stress. One study revealed that men who took higher doses of Vitamin C had lower chances of dying from cancer compared to others with lowest intakes. Coenzyme Q10 helps to lower blood pressure and boosts levels of ecSOD, an enzyme that protects blood vessels from damage. Dosage? Take one daily after breakfast.
Nykaa recommends: Natrol Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Formula and OptimHealth Immunity Supplement (60 caps).
Sterols for cholesterol, stress, and immunity
Plant sterols and stanols are substances that occur naturally in small amounts in many grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. They boost immunity and studies show that taking a phytosterol/sterolin mixture prior to a stressful physical event like running can protect against illness and inflammation. Sterols also improve cholesterol levels and inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine. Dosage? One capsule once a day when you wake up.
Nykaa recommends Vitamin Shoppe Heart Choice Plant Sterols, 60 softgels.
Vitamin D for reproductive health and testosterone
We all know that the sunshine vitamin is necessary for strong bones but did you know that Vitamin D is proven to lower insulin, improve serotonin (the happy hormone) levels, boost immunity, control appetite and improve metabolism? A Copenhagen University study showed a connection between Vitamin D levels and reproductive health. Dosage? Take 2000iu to 5000iu daily with breakfast.