We all know we should eat a healthy balanced diet to stay in good shape, but there are certain foods that have special skills when it comes to men's health. If you're keen to keep your body in tip-top condition from top to toe, it's time to swap the steaks and takeaways for these nutritional gems.
For the mind
Depression and anxiety are becoming more and more common in these busy modern times, and while many men are affected, they're less likely to seek help than their female counterparts. If you're feeling stressed out and down, two to three portions of oily fish a week could make the difference. Don't like fish? Get your omega-3 fatty acids in supplement form.
For the eyes
Our eyesight deteriorates with age, but you can keep your peepers healthy for longer by eating the right stuff, namely that old Popeye favourite, spinach. The lutein, zeaxanthin and carotenoids from this leafy green help to absorb harmful light rays in the retina, protecting your vision for the future.
According to a study by Penn State College of Health and Human Development, regular consumption of garlic significantly reduced levels of cholesterol in men, a real boon when it comes to cardiovascular health. It has also been found to lower blood pressure.
For the muscles
If you're working towards that six pack or general lean, mean physique, you could do worse than add an egg to your daily diet. Protein is essential for building muscle, and repairing it after a workout, and you'll get 6g from a single egg white.
For the digestion
The key to a healthy digestive system is fibre, with 30 to 50g a day the recommended amount. And it's unlikely you're getting that from your takeaways. Dietary fibre is essential because it slows down the digestive process, giving your body plenty of time to absorb all the nutrients in those healthy foods. Plus, it lowers cholesterol and is great if you're trying to lose weight, since it'll keep you feeling full. Go for wholemeal bread and pasta, oats and leafy greens.
For the libido
Things falling flat in the bedroom? It could be down to your diet. The aptly-shaped banana contains an essential libido-boosting enzyme called bromelain, and the high levels of B vitamins will give you an extra kick since they're responsible for the production of testosterone.
For the sperm count
For those whose swimmers just aren't doing the job, red grapes are recommended. Within the skin is resveratrol, a nutrient known to block the effects of oestrogen, too much of which can cause a low sperm count. Just don't assume you can get your daily dose with a glass of Pinot Noir - the alcohol will neutralise all the good work.
For the prostate
It might not be your first choice when it comes to dinner, but soy is believed to contain prostate cancer-fighting isoflavones, an increasingly common problem for the UK's male population. Add a dash of tofu, edamame beans, or soy cheese or milk to your diet.
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