We all know that men and women differ in countless ways, including our nutritional needs. As women, we need certain nutrients throughout pregnancy for both our health and the health of our unborn children. In addition essential nutrients can work to help prevent diseases such as breast cancer and heart disease.
Men also need vital nutrients even more so as they reach middle-age in order to help them to maintain muscle mass, and help prevent certain diseases such as prostate cancer and heart disease.
When it comes to our health, there are unfortunately certain factors we cannot control, such as our genetic predisposition to certain diseases depending on our family’s health history.
However, one of the things we can do to help stay healthy and live longer, is to put a considerable amount of nourishment into our bodies each day through the foods we eat.
There are some foods, when incorporated into a man’s regular diet, which can help prevent common health issues or life- threatening illnesses.
Everyday Health describes how these super foods should be an essential part of a man’s diet to help fight against diseases, particularly cancer.
1.Oysters- contain more zinc per serving than any other food. Zinc is an essential micronutrient for prostate health. Low levels of zinc are associated with fertility issues and prostate issues
2.Wild-Caught Salmon- vitamin D deficiency may contribute to erectile dysfunction (ED.) A 3-ounce serving of wild caught salmon contains 112 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D.
3.Walnuts- are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which may be beneficial for brain health. ¼ cup of walnuts provides 2.7 grams of omega-3 fats.
4.Chocolate Milk- low-fat chocolate milk has a 4-to-1 carb-to-protein ratio, similar to many sports drinks. It provides the needed fluids and sodium to aid in post- workout recovery.
5.Fruits & Vegetables- are rich in fiber and contain phytonutrients that can help protect your heart, fight off fatigue, and keep your body feeling good. The U.S Department of Agriculture recommends that men eat 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 – 3 cups of vegetables daily.