Vitamins for Male Health

foods high in zinc 

Everyone benefits from taking a good multivitamin daily, but there are specific needs for men:

  • Vitamins A, C, E, F and Folic Acid are required for sperm production;
  • Zinc is important for hormonal balance and is important to keep up sex drive;
  • Drinking alcohol depletes zinc stores;
  • Alcohol also depletes B vitamins which are important for the nervous system; 

‘A diet high in saturated fats – full cream milk, red meat, cheese – can prevent the uptake of essential fatty acids which are required for healthy functioning of heart, immune system and mental health,’ says nutritionist, Ingrid Haitink.

The importance of zinc

Every ejaculation, according to Ingrid, accounts for 1.5mg of zinc lost! Zinc is stored by the prostate gland and if it is deficient sperm count is reduced and it can cause impotence, mental lethargy, emotional problems and a lack of libido. 

A high source of zinc is oysters –the reason why they are considered to be an aphrodisiac!

If a man has enough zinc through his food or supplementation it may even keep his prostate gland healthy reducing the incidence of infections and inflammation. Foods high in zinc: 

  • Oysters
  • Sesame seeds
  • Ginger
  • Liver
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts, pecans and peanuts
  • Wholewheat bread
  • Shrimps and crab
  • Beef and lamb
  • Cheese
  • Rye and oats
  • Wholemeal flour
  • Eggs
  • Turnips

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