We all need a multi-vitamin and mineral supplements - Wachters' has several - however, what else do you need to take to maintain optimum health as a man? Which additional supplements will most benefit you depends on such factors as your age, lifestyle and genetic history. However, there are certain supplements that should be high on every man's shopping list, as they provide protection against the diseases and conditions that are most common to your gender. Following are some recommended supplements:
1. ANTIOXIDANTS (#50. or BioPlex, or #92, and #88, and #28, and #82)
Antioxidants help neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals--chemicals produced as a by-product of metabolism, smoking, drinking alcohol and exposure to pollution. Free radicals have been linked with inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, eczema, asthma; psoriasis and ulcerative colitis, as well as to coronary heart disease, genetic malformations, cancer and premature ageing. The most commonly used antioxidants are vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium. Studies have shown that vitamin E every day may reduce the risk of a heart attack in those with heart disease by up to 75 percent.l Other studies revealed that men with low levels of vitamin C are more than three times more likely to have a heart attack than those with normallevels.2 Meanwhile, men taking selenium daily are 50 percent less likely to die from certain cancers, including those of the prostate, bowel and lung, than those who do not use the supplement.3
2. ZINC (#50, or #58)
Zinc deficiency in males is common. Lack of zinc can cause reduced fertility, low sex drive, loss of taste and diminished ability to distinguish scents. e solution seems tasteless, you likely have a deficiency.
3. FOLIC ACID (#50 or any of our Multi-Vitamin combinations)
This B vitamin can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in men with high levels of the amino acid homocysteine. One in 10 men is thought to have high homocysteine levels, tripling the risk of a heart attack or stroke.5, 6 One in 160,000 men has very high levels (homocysteinuria), meaning 30 times the risk of premature circulatory problems.
4. GARLIC (#50 or Garlic Parsley or WH)
Garlic has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as to thin the blood, dilate blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
5. SAW PALMETTOAND PYGEUM (#50 orWHP)
Extracts from the fruit of the dwarf American palm tree Saw Palmento and Pygeum relieve symptoms of benign prostate enlargement and encourage shrinking of the gland. The use of saw palmetto supplements resulted in the male subjects' ability to urinate more frequently and with a significantly increased rate of flow.
6. CAT'S CLAW (WDNA)
Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is taken for immune support. It encourages white blood cells to absorb and destroy microorganisms and abnormal cells. It is also used for anti-inflammatory. anti-viral and possible anti-cancer actions.
7. MILK THISTLE (Milk Thistle)
Milk thistle helps protect the liver from the poisonous effects of excess alcohol, and it supports liver cell regeneration after toxic or viral liver damage.
8. GINSENG (WDNA, or GINSENG, or WSE or XXtra Boost Juice)
Ginseng (Panax ginseng) acts as adaptogen, helping to improve physical mental energy in of stress. It seems to normalize glucose and hormone levels, has an anti-fatigue action and improves concentration. In the laboratory, ginseng stimulates proliferation of cells and prolongs their life.
BY: SARAH BREWER, M.D.
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