Contact Us
07778 218009
 

Do Men Have Specific Dietary Needs?

14.09.2012

Due to a larger muscle mass, men have a higher metabolic rate than women. 

This means they need more calories and also more of certain vitamins and minerals, specifically those involved in releasing energy from food.

 

 

 

  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, rich in nutrients - the health benefits of these foods cannot be overstated.
  • Avoid saturated fats.
  • Keep intake of red meat to a minimum.
  • Use low- or reduced-fat dairy products.
  • Limit ice cream and fatty foods such as chips.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation - no more than 14 units a week for men and women, plus include 2 consecutive alcohol free days.
  • Manage stress. Stress is unavoidable and not necessarily bad for you - it is how you react to stress that determines its effects on your health. Techniques such as yoga or meditation can help.
  • Do not smoke cigarettes and cigars - and try to avoid passive smoking.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight, especially round the abdomen, is a risk for heart disease and diabetes.
  • Make exercise a priority. Get plenty of physical activity to stay healthy.
  • Have regular medical check-ups.

 

Nutrients for men

The nutrients here are thought to have an impact on fertility, prostate health, and the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Lycopenes
These nutrients occur in tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit. They may lower the risk of prostate and lung cancers.

Vitamins, B6, B12 and folate
These B vitamins lower blood levels of homocysteine, thus lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Selenium and vitamins C and E
These antioxidants are necessary for normal fertility in men, and adequate intake or supplements may help to improve fertility.

Zinc and folate
A combination of zinc and folate supplements may improve fertility in men.

 

Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net



Back to Index






Signup to get our latest blog updates emailed to you



 
The Grange
Welford Road
Long Marston
Stratford upon Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 8RH

07778 218009


© 2018 The Healthy Employee


Web Development by Noisegate Media