Beer, Buffalo wings, pizza – these are the things that have been synonymous with the male diet! Times are surely changing as men are realizing that the first step to taking control of their health is found in the foods they eat!
Prostate Cancer and Heart Disease are the two top health issues men are dealing with and including certain foods as part of a healthy diet will combat these. Now it does go without saying there are certain things to include and others to exclude as part of any healthy diet and lifestyle such as – getting regular exercise, eating a balanced diet – as organic and unprocessed as possible including vegetables and cutting back on red meat & alcohol. Below are some guy friendly foods to include:
Zinc Rich Foods – Research shows that adequate zinc may protect against cellular damages that leads to prostate cancer. Sexual functioning of the male reproductive system, including increased sperm counts, is also enhanced by zinc. Zinc is also a superstar when it comes to immune health. Topping the list is Oysters! The food highest in Zinc is the Steamed Wild Oyster, which provides 182mg/100gram serving. Another food to include is Pumpkin Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds Oil. In addition to being high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterols and isoflavones which may prevent benign prostatic hyperplasia (or enlarged prostate). Pumpkin Seed oil has been found to optimize prostate & bladder health with some of the benefits being: strengthening the bladder, diuretic action, reduces inflammation, curative effect on enlarged prostate and may help prevent disorders and discomfort when emptying bladder. Additional sources of Zinc are Veal Liver (keep in mind to keep red meats and animal fats to a minimum as they have been linked to increased incidence of prostate problems – 1x/week is plenty), Sesame Seeds & Tahini and Dark Chocolate & Cocoa (go with raw varieties for the most antioxidant& mineral power!)
Heart Healthy Foods – Within this broad range are everyday foods such as: