While very similar, the functions of women’s and men’s bodies do differ slightly. The balances of hormones, reproductive functions and stressors are different between the genders and hence health concerns vary. Choosing a multivitamin to supplement your diet is an excellent way of getting all the essential minerals and vitamins that the body may not be getting through your regular diet. However, given the differing nature of men’s and women’s bodies, it may be a good idea to consider a tailored multi for your needs.
If you’re in the market for a new multivitamin, here are some men’s health issues you should consider before making your decision:
Prostate Cancers: The fact that women don’t have prostates is a critical difference in nutritional requirements between the two genders. The prevalence of prostate cancer in Australia is relatively high and studies still can’t tell us the exact causes. For this reason, ensuring that you have a healthy, functioning prostate is good for optimum health maintenance. Both Selenium and Lycopene are common ingredients used in men’s multivitamins to help boost prostate health and prevent the onset of disease.
Reproduction: It takes two to tango and the same came to be said for couples looking to start or grow their family. A healthy sex drive is important for men and sperm quality and health is important for producing healthy babies. Magnesium and B vitamins have been proven to be effective in improving the quality and health of sperm and are therefore found in higher quantities in men’s supplements. Calcium, Zinc and Sulphur are also great for promoting reproductive health.
Heart Risk Until the age of 55, men are more likely to develop heart conditions compared to women. Potassium and Zinc are known to be effective in addressing cardiovascular health and are therefore important ingredients in any supplementation option.
As with all supplements, however, it’s important to remember that they are doing just that – supplementing your diet. Vitamins and minerals are best absorbed by the body when taken in their natural forms and with the fibres offered by the fruits, vegetables and proteins that we consume.
In addition, ensuring you lead a healthy lifestyle with a sound diet and regular exercise is important for ensuring an optimum level of health care.
If you have chosen to have chiropractic care as part of your strategy to treat your pain and symptoms coming from your musculo skeletal system, but you have questions or concerns about other aspects of your health and physiology, or if you would like to dietary management strategies with Dr Goran, please do not hesitate to ask at your next appointment. Chiropractors are trained to have a thorough understanding of physiology and may be able to explain to you some of the mechanisms of what is going on and make some suggestions in terms of what might be suitable avenues to explore for improvement.
If you have any questions regarding supplementation or your personal dietary needs, please do not hesitate to ask any of the knowledgeable Adelaide chiropractors at Walkerville Chiropractic during your next consultation!