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Specific Herbs for Menby Dave Foreman
It's that time of year again "Father's Day" so what better time to discuss men's health. Here we will talk about the foundational items, including general vitamins, prostate health, libido and heart health. Until women hit menopause, men are at higher risk for heart disease and therefore I saw the need to include it in this article. Ladies, please understand that my recommendations for the men with regards to heart health can also be used by you.
The average male seems to not care about health until it is too late. The old saying of pay me now or pay me later is quite appropriate in this case. I have a theory that the reason men seem to have more serious health issues than women (generally speaking of course) is because men never seem to go to the doctor unless it is something serious. Women on the other hand go to the doctor yearly for their exams and therefore other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, weight issues can be caught earlier (and be easier to treat). I think it is time for men to take charge of their lives and be pro-active about great health. So why not start with the 4 Pillars of Great Health; Supplementation, Diet, Exercise and Mental Health. The Dietary, Physical and Mental aspects are basically the same as we age, but the supplementation will change.
Just as with the article on women's health, we men should start with a good Multivitamin and mineral formula (MVI). In most cases, men want to steer clear of products containing iron. Unless you are advised by your physician, or give blood on a regular basis, this is always my recommendation. There are several vitamin lines (i.e. New Chapter and Enzymatic Therapy) available that specifically address the needs of Men depending on their age and specific needs. Many of these formulations will even include herbals to support prostate health.
Speaking of Prostate health, this could be an article by itself. To keep it short and sweet, I will only include supplements that support a healthy prostate and not address the specifics of Prostate Cancer. Guess what men? We are pretty much guaranteed to have an issue with our prostate at some point in our life. It is for this reason that I started supplementing my diet at the age of 35. Whether you have issues with frequent urination, getting up at night several times, difficulty in getting a urine stream going or discomfort, I always recommend that you get a thorough exam to rule out anything more serious than Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or Prostatitis. If you are having an issue with either of these conditions, or are just looking to support a healthy prostate, I recommend the same product- I use Prostate 5LX® (New Chapter). The combination of Saw Palmetto, Green Tea, Urtica, Ginger, Selenium, Rosemary and Pumpkin seed oil cover it all as far as I am concerned. I believe this formulation will help with Prostate function, normalize urine flow, decrease inflammation, support healthy prostate cell growth and provide general benefit to the male genital-urinary system. What more could you want?
What a perfect segway to go into a brief discussion on libido issues in men. Libido in this case is different than ED (Erectile Dysfunction-to be discussed in a future newsletter). Libido issues can have many different causes such as: stress, fatigue, hormones, use of certain medications and increased age. For our purpose here I will put my thoughts in chart form so you can address your individual needs. When it comes to hormones in men, I generally do not make recommendations. Many other natural health experts might recommend DHEA, but I haven't been a huge fan of this supplement and do not recommend its use. For the shotgun approach try Hot Plants for Him. I mentioned this product on my radio program on Lime (Sirius Satellite 114) a few weeks ago and already have had huge feedback about its effectiveness.
Lastly, since I mentioned heart health to be more of an issue long term in men, the following are some easy recommendations (along with proper diet, exercise and mental attitude) that will support a healthy heart. I always start with Fish Oil (Coromega®) for heart health. The U.S Government, the American Heart Association and "The Herbal Pharmacist" all recommend a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids from fish to support a healthy cardiovascular system. Beyond the Omega-3's, I would consider the following nutrients to be part of a heart healthy program;