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Home > Herbal Pharmacist Health Update

Dave Foreman

Focus: Men's Health


by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old man’s concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, can’t sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

The differences between the genders is not just outward. Men and women have physical needs that are inherent to each sex, and health issues that stem from those differences. For men, a focus on heart and prostate health can be the foundation to a healthy lifestyle.

Foundational Support

Begin with a multivitamin that combines essential vitamins and minerals designed specifically to address male needs. However, not all multivitamins are appropriate for all men. As we mature, our body requirements change, so when possible, try to get a multivitamin that is formulated for your age.
A good foundational support regimen includes other essential daily supplements, including omega-3s, antioxidants and probiotics. The average male should try to incorporate 1 to 3 grams of omega-3 derived from both fish and plant sources. Also, a dosage of four to five antioxidants per day is a healthy range. Your probiotic should consist of a blend of friendly bacteria that work in both your small and large intestine. Building the rest of your supplement program on top of these four key areas will be a strong way to build and maintain a healthy body.

Prostate Health

Whether you have a prostate problem or are trying to prevent one, the approach should be the same—address the root cause(s).
The three main “causes” of prostate health problems are:
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Free radical damage
  • Inflammation

  • To promote better prostate health, start with dietary changes. I recommend the following:
  • Decrease the consumption of red meat.
  • Increase the amount of fish you eat.
  • Eat less animal fat or buy leaner cuts.
  • Increase consumption of cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
  • Eat more tomatoes.

  • Hormonal Balance


    Saw palmetto is widely used to encourage prostate health. Various research suggests this herb helps reduce BPH symptoms. Some research suggests that saw palmetto inhibits the formation of DHT, a powerful hormone linked to stimulating the growth of prostate cells. It is believed that saw palmetto also blocks DHT from binding to prostate cells and relaxes the muscles of the prostate and bladder. This relaxation effect is purported to help improve urine flow.

    Research findings indicate that a 320 mg dose of saw palmetto daily can help men achieve the desired results. Try combining saw palmetto with other synergistic supplements like pumpkin seed oil and stinging nettle root to increase the saw palmetto's effectiveness.

    Beta-sitosterol is another outstanding supplement used to promote prostate health. It is believed to improve urinary flow and symptoms associated with BPH. Doses between 60-130 mg per day for three to six months are thought to improve urinary health for most men.

    Rye pollen extract is an often-overlooked supplement. It not only has properties that may help with BPH, but may also be helpful for those with prostatitis or cancer concerns. Rye pollen (not to be confused with bee pollen) is harvested from the plant itself and then washed thoroughly to remove the hard exterior of the pollen molecule. This then releases the inner nutrients to be utilized by the body. You will usually find rye pollen used in combination with other ingredients and not by itself on the shelf.

    Disease Control

    Free radical damage is linked to most of the major health challenges we face. Free radicals come from the environment we live in (air, water, foods) and are manufactured by the body as a part of normal metabolism. Without neutralizing free radicals, we are increasing our chances of developing a number of diseases like heart disease, cancer, and prostate issues. Here is a list of the more popular antioxidant supplements that support prostate health:

  • Lycopene
  • Green Tea
  • Quercetin
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium
  • CoQ10
  • Vitamin C

  • Even if you don’t suffer from prostate health issues, once you are a male over the age of 40, you should seek an antioxidant that contains at least four or five of these key nutrients.

    Inflammation Reduction

    Inflammation can be triggered by any number of underlying issues – prostate, muscle damage, etc. Many supplements available help to reduce inflammation. Some of the nutrients already mentioned, such as antioxidants and those intended for prostate health, may help either directly or indirectly. Also, consider supplements that contain any one or a combination of these nutrients:
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Bromelain
  • Flower Pollen Extract (sometimes called Swedish Flower pollen or rye pollen)
  • Green Tea
  • Boswellia
  • Nettle (leaf)
  • Willow
  • EPA (Omega-3s)

  • Libido Health

    Libido issues in men could stem from many different causes: stress, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, use of certain medications, and increased age. Different from erectile dysfunction issues, libido imbalances can be improved by lowering stress, increasing exercise, and supplementing one's diet with the following nutrients:
  • Maca
  • Ginseng
  • B-Complex
  • Holy Basil
  • Rhodiola


  • Fatigue can also lead to libido issues. I recommend maca, ginseng, B-complex, and rest. For general libido health, try tribulus, damiana, maca, or horny goat weed. To improve circulation, try pycnogenol, grape seed, L-Arginine, or ginkgo biloba. Also, hormonal imbalances can be aided by DHEA, tribulus, or yohimbe.

    Heart Health

    Heart health has been a primary concern for men. To support a healthy heart, adopt a healthy diet, proper exercise regimen, and better mental balance. Introducing supplements can also help promote good heart health. I recommend starting with fish oil and chia seeds or oil. Also, I would consider the following nutrients to be part of a good heart health program:
  • Coenzyme Q10 (or Ubiquinol if you are 40+)
  • Green tea
  • Hawthorn Berries
  • Magnesium
  • B-Complex
  • Sytrinol
  • Chia Seeds
  • Carnipure
  • Pycnogenol
  • Turmeric


  • For more specific supplement, diet, activity, and mental health information, consult my past articles on each individual topic or concern. Also, don't forget to get regular physicals. Staying healthy begins with annual examinations and conversations with your health care provider.

     
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