Seven herbs every man needs
Give your stamina and health a natural boost.
You pump iron, jog when you can spare the time and eat sensibly. Instead of popping a bunch of pills to stay on the ball, its time you dived into the realm of Mother Nature to seek out herbal supplements to give your health and stamina a boost. Read on for the top seven herbs that every man should include in his health regime.
It’s hard word being a man. Work commitments, late night meetings and family pressures can take a toll. The occasional memory lapse is understandable but if you find yourself struggling to remember facts and figures, it’s time to give your memory a little help. Used as far back as 2600 B.C. for bronchitis and asthma, today Gingko Biloba is prescribed for memory disorders, leg pain caused by poor circulation and diabetes related complications.
Feeling run down and out of sorts? It’s time to bring out Ginseng! The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says that Asian ginseng jolts the immune system to improve overall health. It also helps stabilize blood pressure, lower blood glucose and treat erectile dysfunction. Relatively safe to take, long term use may have side effects.
A familiar sight in the sunny parts of North America, saw palmetto can actually reduce non-cancerous enlarged prostate glands, a common problem as men age. It can also regulate urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostrate.
Nykaa recommends Nature’s Bounty Saw Palmetto 450 mg
Horny goat weed is just what the doctor ordered for several health concerns that include erectile dysfunction, low libido, generalized aches and pains, and fatigue. Research suggests that key ingredients, Yohimbe, Tribulus and Epimedium have a powerful vasodilatory effect that keeps blood pumping for optimal vascularity. While many alternative health practitioners swear by its efficacy, proper dosage is the key when it to effectiveness and safety. High doses can lead to respiratory failure, spasms, mood changes, low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat.
Hectic lifestyles often go hand in hand with poor eating habits. Grabbing a bite on the go and unhealthy snacking can up cholesterol levels and harden arteries. Fish is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, vital for brain, heart and joint health. These fatty acids act as a natural anti-inflammatory. Even if you eat fish, its recommended that you take one to three grams of fish oil daily. Look for a brand that contains both EPA and DPA, the two key healthy fats in fish.
This is the ultimate super food beneficial for people of all ages; children, adults, athletes, the sick and the elderly. A potent detoxifier and antioxidant, spirulina is particularly helpful if you have a hectic lifestyle because it releases energy and reduces the ‘bad’ cholesterol. A blue-green alga found in alkaline, warm-water lakes, spirulina contains essential fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), linoleic and arachidonic acids. Naturally low in cholesterol, calories, fat and sodium, spirulina is a good source of iron, calcium, folic acid and magnesium. It is one of the very few vegetarian sources of vitamin B12 and contains iron, essential amino acids and chlorophyll.
Nykaa suggests Gaia Spirulina.
The easiest way to boost flagging energy levels and even lose weight! The next time you find yourself reaching for a samosa and sugary chai at tea time, stop! Instead sip on a refreshing cup of green tea and nibble on some roasted channa or fruit. One study showed that a compound found in green tea, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), increased fat oxidation by 33 percent, boosted metabolism, inhibited fat development and actually supported fat excretion when sipped within two hours of a meal. The health benefits of EGCG include prevention of dementia, high cholesterol and prostrate cancer. Catechins, natural antioxidants found in green tea also have multiple health benefits.
All herbal supplements should be consumed after checking with your primary physician because of possible drug interaction with other prescription medication you might be taking.