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Foods Men Need to Eat
When it comes to healthy eating, men and women differ in a few areas. Whereas a woman may turn to salad, the average carnivorous male will likely scarf down his burger and fry combo, foregoing the bacon topping in order to increase nutritious eating. For most men, bacon is a food group unto itself.
Seriously speaking, both men and women generally require the same basic nutrients for optimal health, but there are some nutrients which boost men’s health in particular.
“Seafood, especially oysters are rich in zinc, which is essential for a robust immune system as well as for prostate health. Zinc is also necessary for healthy male hormone levels,” Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com, says. “Pumpkin seeds and other seeds, grass-fed lamb, beef and calf’s liver are also rich sources of zinc.”
Cold-water fish such as wild salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich in the essential omega-3s that combat inflammation and pain, support cardiovascular health for optimal circulation and blood lipids, help balance hormones, as well as support prostate health. Walnuts, chia and flax seeds are also great sources of omega-3s, Lempert said. And each of these are optimal ‘good foods’ for males to increase brain functioning, for better heart health, and lower cholesterol.
Consider eating more lycopene-rich foods like cooked tomatoes, apricots, spinach, kale, mangoes, berries and watermelon. “Lycopene is a potent antioxidant that helps combat free radicals as well as protect against prostate cancer. And learn to love the avocado. Please, it’s much better source of natural fat versus saturated fats.
Avocados are rich in potassium, needed to regulate nerves, heartbeat and, blood pressure. In fact avocados contain two to three times the potassium in bananas and are an excellent source of health promoting fats and filling fiber. Most nutritionists recommend avocados over mayo and potatoes over buttery pasta.