When you consider the nutritional content of the foods you eat and the supplements you take, many will be the same if you are male or female. Because of men’s frequent and strenuous exercise and the risk of infection, dysfunction and prostate cancer and male genitals, men over 40 would consider taking supplements (vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients) that is especially suited for their needs.
There are certain vitamins that men need. Vitamin C is often used to treat infections of the prostate. Vitamin D and E may be important in the fight against prostate cancer, which can be found in 25 percent or more of men 50 years and older. A 2009 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, but concluded that vitamin E does not reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Because a lot of vitamin D electricity is produced using sun on the skin, darker-skinned men have greater need for supplemental vitamin D. Vitamin B6 is particularly important for metabolizing proteins, so it is especially important to more active men. Vitamin A (including beta carotene), C and E are antioxidants that reduces free radicals that can cause cancer.
The prostate gland uses more zinc than any other organ in the body, so all zinc deficiency is more likely to be noticeable there first. For long, pumpkin recommended for men with enlarged prostates, and it was proven effective because they are good sources of zinc. Compared with women who are at greater risk for calcium and iron deficiency, men need a lot less of these minerals. Overdoses of iron can occur easily and lead to heart disease, because the body can not excrete it. So men and postmenopausal women should not supplement iron in the diet. Too much calcium can actually increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Lycopene is another antioxidant that can reduce the risk of cancer. Fructose (sugar found in fruits and some sweeteners) helps the body produce a certain type of vitamin D. Supplementation with soy contains genistein (a cancer inhibitor) and L-arginine (an amino acid that helps with erectile dysfunction by supporting nitric oxide production). Garlic is included in many supplements, and among the reasons is its sulfur content, which may also help inhibit cancer. Selenium is good to have, but can only be used in preventing prostate cancer is not yet proven. Saw Palmetto, an extract from a fruit have been shown to be equally effective at shrinking enlarged prostates as synthetic drugs, but with fewer side effects. For active men, the trainers and doctors recommend supplements of the amino acid L-glutamine, which can be depleted in the body by up to 40 percent during strenuous exercise.