Our bodies require a variety of vitamins and minerals to get the essential nutrients they need to function properly each day. Most people will get these nutrients from eating a balanced and varied diet, but you can also take extra vitamins and minerals supplements to boost certain levels of a particular nutrient. Where appropriate, you should seek advice about taking supplements, for example if you have a deficiency of a certain vitamin or mineral.
In this blog, we will be identifying the five key supplements that can help address common deficiencies, specifically known to affect male health.
- Vitamin D: a key factor in testosterone levels
Vitamin D is proven to boost testosterone levels in men. Low testosterone makes men prone to a variety of health issues, such as sleep apnea, low metabolism, libido and fatigue – maintaining proper vitamin D levels is a critical part of men’s health.
Low vitamin D also supports heart health and bone health. This is especially essential for older men, who are generally more prone to falls as they get older.
- Magnesium: crucial to overall wellness
Magnesium is a mineral that is important for many bodily functions. It is critical for blood glucose control, protein synthesis, nerve function, and more.
One way to up your magnesium intake is to consume more foods that are high in magnesium, such as spinach, almonds, black beans, and bananas.
On top of increasing your consumption of magnesium-rich foods, supplementation is also important. Research indicates that magnesium supplementation can support blood levels of testosterone, especially when coupled with exercise. Another study also found that those who took magnesium supplements supported muscular health.
Boron is a trace mineral that is found in foods such as raisins, almonds, prunes, and chickpeas. Boron promotes bone health, brain function, and immune response. Men who consume a diet low in fruits and vegetables could have low levels of boron.
While not as well-known as some of the other vitamins and minerals on this list, boron still exhibits some impressive properties. For example, boron-enriched diets result in supported prostate health.
- Omega-3’s: for head to toe health
Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids renowned for their anti-inflammatory effects. Furthermore, they have been shown to help support cardiovascular health, joint health, and more. If that’s not enough, they have also been shown to help support brain health.
- Saw Palmetto Extract: a traditional remedy for prostate health
Saw palmetto is a shrub tree with dark red berries, native to the United States, Europe, and Africa. They have a long history of use in traditional medicine, often being prescribed for reproductive and urinary tract issues. It’s theorised to help with hormone balance in a way that protects the prostate from enlarging.
Vitamin and nutrition blood tests can detect gluten, mineral, iron, calcium, and other deficiencies, telling you which vitamins you lack and which you are getting enough of through natural sources.
Don’t just take supplements, know how much and which ones you should be taking. At Pall Mall, we offer a range of blood testing services which detect multiple different deficiencies/diseases or complications.
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