Nine foods men need to eat
Published on July 1, 2014
While many men are less conscious about what they eat, experts say that at times, eating healthy can mean different things for men and women because both sexes have their own set of dietary requirements.
Tomatoes are known as super foods due to their numerous benefits. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which, studies say help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and lower cholesterol — all common ailments in men.
Oysters have high levels of zinc — essential for men’s fertility and sexual health. Zinc maintains healthy testosterone levels and is excellent for healthy sperm production. It is also great for the hair.
Whole grains contain healthy levels of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Whole grains like oats and brown rice have healthy amounts of B vitamins, good for overall well-being and alleviating depression. Studies say that folate can keep sperm healthy, while biotin helps curb hair loss.
Not only is salmon a great source of protein, it is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to lowered levels of bad cholesterol.
They also reduce the risk of heart disease, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and depression.
Pomegranate juice helps lower cholesterol levels and prevent hypertension as it is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Some studies have suggested that having pomegranate juice daily can slow down the progress of prostate cancer.
While garlic is known for the role it plays in protecting the heart, it is said that men who consume garlic regularly have lower cholesterol levels.
Experts say that blueberries have high levels of proanthocyanidins, which are linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Blueberries are also said to be effective in reducing the risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and age-related memory loss.
Broccoli, cabbage and sprouts, contains a strong cancer-fighting chemical called sulphoraphane, which is said to reduce men’s risk of developing bladder cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.
Suffering from hair loss? Make sure you include eggs in your diet. Eggs have high sources of protein, important for hair growth. The yolk is a good source of iron.