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5 Daily Supplements Men Should Take

Here is a news flash: Men Hate to take Vitamins! Well, maybe not..

While trying to minimize the handful of vitamins we take every day should be our goal, it is important to remember that as busy as our lives are, we generally do not eat as well as we either know how to or would like to. This necessitates the dreaded handful of vitamins (also known as supplement because we are supplementing our daily nutrition) we endure daily.

Being aware of not only your genetics but your present health concerns helps to identify and tailor a personal supplement program. You may need to take more than the top 5 in this list to correct present health issues, but this list will put you on the path to better health.

Taking a good multivitamin and mineral should be the foundation of a daily regiment with the following add on supplements to correct and maintain a healthy body:

  1. Garlic: This has been a staple of heart health for years. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studies have shown that garlic can reduce blood pressure as much as 8 percent in people who already experience high blood pressure.
  2. Chromium: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that chromium supplements help normalize blood sugar levels, while chromium deficiency can cause glucose intolerance that leads to Type 2 diabetes. The NIH also acknowledges that taking chromium may lower insulin levels. This could help improve the function of insulin in people with Type 2 diabetes, though this should be coordinated carefully with a physician.
  3. Vitamin D: A vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone conditions such as osteomalacia and osteoporosis. A number of other studies indicate a possible link between vitamin D and a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis, cancer of various types and both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Although the NIH says further research is needed to validate these links, there are plenty of reasons to make sure you get the recommended 1000 to 2000 IU (international units) per day.
  4. Omega EFA: As a health supplement, omega-3s lower fats in the body called triglycerides, which are associated with heart disease and diabetes. Taking fish oil supplements may lower blood pressure slightly, slow the hardening of arteries and help prevent cardiovascular disease. In addition to helping people with healthy hearts keep them that way, omega-3 fatty acids can also lower the risk of dying from heart disease for those people who already have cardiovascular problems.
  5. Plant sterols and stanols: Plant sterols and stanols are naturally occurring substances that come from many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals and vegetable oils. Research shows they can help reduce the risk of heart disease by affecting cholesterol levels. Eating more salads and broccoli is the obvious way to address this nutrition but in a pinch, an easy source is to add a powdered ‘green food‘ to your daily protein shake.

Remember vitamins and supplements are utilized best by the body when they are take with food. They can then be digested and integrated for optimal absorption.

If you suffer from digestive issues, you will need to address these as a part of your health program, all vitamins require a healthy intestinal tract to make it into the blood stream and then into the cellular structure.

A Healthy lifestyle should include: diet, exercise, vitamins, adequate sleep and recreational time.