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Is Food Medicine? [Top 5 Nutrients for Men]

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, is credited with this philosophical quote that recognizes proper nutrition’s central role in supporting balanced health. 

As generations continue to pass down this theory, the impact of proper nutrition holds even greater importance today, as we now understand how nutritional excesses and deficiencies contribute to many chronic diseases facing men. 

Men’s Health & Nutrition

Accepting that you can improve your health by changing eating and exercise habits may be simple. However, in the information age, it is even easier to become overwhelmed with the volumes of data that make it difficult to discern which foods offer the most nutritional value to support healthy weight and to build stamina.

Men, for example, require different amounts of vitamins and minerals than women due to variations in body size and metabolism. 

Therefore, understanding the type of nutrients your body needs, and working with a men’s nutritional expert, will ensure you get the right fuel to achieve optimal health and prevent common health issues that affect men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

5 Essential Nutrients for Men 

As you age, your most valuable asset is your physical health, which impacts your energy, focus, and quality of life. Discover how to fuel your body and mind with the best nutrients for men! 

Protein: For Building and Repairing Muscle and Tissue 

Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps build and repair tissue and produces hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals. 

Men need to consume protein to help maintain healthy muscles and bones, as it supports muscle growth, strength, and recovery. 

Protein sources include: 

  • Lean meats

  • Fish

  • Eggs

  • Nuts

According to the RDA, Americans should consume roughly 8 to 10 percent of protein as a minimum daily intake; however, depending on your target weight, lifestyle, and other critical factors, your male nutritional requirements for protein may be higher. 

Working with a men’s health expert is the best way to ensure you’re getting the right amount of protein to support your long-term goals.

Vitamins: For Mental Energy and Health 

Several vitamins and minerals are necessary for proper mental functioning, such as vitamins B and E, zinc, and magnesium. 

  • Vitamin B, in particular, helps produce neurotransmitters that support brain function and higher concentration levels. 

  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that supports cognitive functions, such as memory and learning ability. 

  • Zinc affects nerve function, helping to improve attention span

  • Magnesium promotes relaxation per-calming activities, such as meditation or yoga for men’s well-being.

Iron: For Staying Energized

Iron is an essential mineral that aids the production of red blood cells, giving you a boost in energy. 

Conversely, low iron levels can lead to fatigue and tiredness since this mineral helps promote circulation and transports oxygen around your body. 

Additionally, increased consumption of iron-rich foods may improve concentration and mental well-being. Foods like spinach, prunes, and red meat are all good sources.

Again, working with a men’s health expert is the best way to ensure you’re consuming the correct amount of iron and other essential nutrients.

Calcium: For Strong Bones 

Calcium is fundamental for healthy bones; it helps maintain bone strength and structure. Unfortunately, as men age, their bodies naturally lose bone mass, so consuming enough of this mineral becomes more and more critical. 

Low-fat dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are excellent sources of calcium, as are dark green vegetables like broccoli, kale, and okra.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: For Mental Clarity 

Omega-3 fatty acids support cognitive function, promoting mental clarity and alertness. In addition, studies have found that consuming omega-3 fatty acids can help to improve symptoms of depression, reduce stress levels and boost memory. 

Great sources of this essential nutrient include: 

  • Fish

  • Eggs

  • Nuts

  • Seeds

  • Vegetable oils

If in doubt, talk to a men’s health expert.

Best Nutritionists for Men

At EveresT Men’s Health, our mission is to help men achieve their best energy and health, both mentally and physically, through proactive medicine and individual lifestyle programs.

Yet, we understand that central to your success is finding an approach that you can control and is sustainable to your lifestyle and needs. 

As our men’s health clinic helps you improve energy by optimizing hormonal and vitamin deficits, we will encourage you to engage in regular, regimented physical exercise to achieve a higher energy output. And as your energy rises, we look forward to providing you with the tools for improving your energy input (i.e., better nutrition).

The balance between the two components will empower you to maintain higher vitality and support you in directing a better, healthier future. 

Schedule Your Consultation Today

We invite you to schedule your consultation at one of our three convenient locations. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive evaluation to identify any nutrient deficiencies and design a plan tailored to your individual needs and goals.

Get started today and experience optimized men’s health!