Men and women share many nutritional requirements, but some nutrients may be especially healthy for each gender because of biological differences in the sexes. So what is a “man-friendly” diet?
No man should pass up oysters at an oyster bar. They contain zinc, a mineral with antioxidant properties that protects against free radical attacks in the fight against accelerated aging. It is also thought boost the immune system. Zinc is especially helpful for men because there is evidence that it helps protect the prostate. If you don’t like the thought of eating oysters, zinc can also be found in other shellfish, lean beef, pork, nuts, whole grains, pumpkin seeds and legumes.
Men who work out regularly can benefit from potassium because it is essential for proper muscle contraction and bone health. Bananas are one of the richest sources of potassium available.
Don’t be fooled by the term “fatty”. Fish is a great source of one of the healthiest fats there is – omega-3 fatty acids. These are potent anti-inflammatories that help lower levels of unhealthy fats in the blood (triglycerides). They are found in high concentrations in brain and nerve tissue so consuming them can help boost mood and promote healthy cognitive function. Like zinc, omega-3 fatty acids are being studied for their role in prostate health. Salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and herring are the best sources.
Getting enough carbohydrates is not an issue for most men, but getting the right kind is. Simply carbohydrates found in refined foods and flours offer virtually no benefits to a man’s health. Complex carbohydrates found in whole grains are absorbed at a much slower rate, ensuring a longer, steadier supply of energy after a meal. Whole grains also provide fibre to aid digestion and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. If you are sensitive to gluten (a protein in grain) you can obtain complex carbs from root vegetables such as potatoes or non-glutenous grains such as quinoa or amaranth.
Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
These may not be the “manliest” choice for dinner, but they are the healthiest. Colon, fruits and vegetables contain a wide range of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that work together in synergy to protect the health of men from the heart to the prostate to the colon.
Sources: Many thanks to Life Plus International for the information contained in this article.
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