No matter what your lifestyle or age, a well-chosen range of supplements can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing. If you’re scanning the nutrition aisles, only to be stopped in your tracks by hundreds of unpronounceable tubs, which have left your brain frazzled as to what each one actually does, then we have help at hand….
We have asked Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns for her top 5 supplements that you should strongly consider taking in order to give your health a boost.
1. Make those boys swim faster
“For men looking to conceive, a fertility-specific multivitamin and mineral supplement is a top priority. The focus of these products is on supporting sperm health to maximise chances of conceiving and achieving a successful pregnancy. I recommend Natural Health Practice Fertility Support for Men – £32.77 www.naturalhealthpractice.com
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2. Focus with Fish oil
“Getting plenty of omega-3s fats – especially EPA and DHA found in oily fish and fish oil supplements – is good for all of us at any age. Amongst other benefits, they’re important for heart health and keeping blood pressure down, which are common concerns for men as they get older. Omega-3s could also improve sex drive and sexual performance, by helping to keep the blood thin and the arteries flexible to support blood circulation to the genitals. They’re vital for brain health too, and some research suggests they can help with learning, focus and concentration. So they could even be good for helping men to multitask!”Tom Oliver Omega 3 supplement Herring Caviar product comes in a 1 – a – day very small and easy to swallow capsule with no fishy after burst or unpleasant burbs! – £22.99 from Holland & Barrett
3. Sky rocket your energy
Adaptogens are a group of herbs said to help us adapt to and resist stress, including supporting energy and stamina. Ginsengs are classed as adaptogenic herbs, and rhodiola rosea and ashwagandha are also popular choices. For men who are feeling stressed or run-down, taking one of these in combination with a multivitamin and mineral can be helpful. Try Quest Siberian Ginseng tablets – £7.33 from qnutrapharma.com
4. Maximise your health with a multivitamin
A good multivitamin and mineral supplement is always a good place to start. You’ll get a top-up of nutrients to support energy and stamina as well as testosterone levels, heart health and prostate health. Zinc is a particularly important nutrient for men, as it’s vital for testosterone balance. Choose a men’s-specific multi with 20–30mg of zinc per daily dose, such as Nature’s Plus Source of Life Garden Men’s Multi – £28.55 from naturesplus.co.uk
5. Bring ‘sexy’ back
Testosterone levels can start to decline slowly after around age 40. Men can start to notice symptoms such as fatigue, low sex drive, weight gain, difficulty gaining or maintaining muscle mass, depression, poor sleep, and lack of drive and motivation. This is sometimes known as the andropause or male menopause. If several of these symptoms occur together then it’s an indication that a man’s testosterone levels could do with a boost.
A multivitamin and mineral for men can help, but a more specific testosterone-supporting supplement could be beneficial – Nature’s Plus T-Male – £25.50 from naturesplus.co.uk is a good example.
Addressing stress, eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and healthy fats, moderating alcohol intake and including some weight training or resistance exercise can also help.”
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