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Essential vitamins, minerals and supplements for men’s health

Each year, during the week before Father’s Day, the spotlight is shone on health issues that impact men during Men’s Health Week. The annual campaign aims to improve health education and awareness among men, and this year, it runs from 10 to 16 June 2024. Here, we take a closer look at some vitamins, minerals, and supplements that can specifically benefit men’s health.

With a wide range of men’s health supplements that support male health, fitness and vitality, Wild Oats health food store in Bristol provides high-quality supplements for men who are looking to self-improve.

Men: How to boost your libido naturally

How does a male increase his libido?

Firstly, it’s important to say that everyone has a different sex drive, and there is no such thing as a “normal” libido. That said, if you are concerned about your libido, there are some things to consider.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight. One of the best things you can do for your libido is maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can cause low testosterone levels, which can lead to low libido.
  2. Eat a balanced diet that contains a wider variety of plant foods, proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.

At what age is a man's libido highest?

This depends as it is subject to individual variation; libido in both men and women can naturally vary from high too low to none, and this is normal!

In general, research suggests that men are more sexually active in their 20s than in any other decade of life. Men’s sex drive then begins to decrease in their 30s and onwards slowly. Men in their 40s and older are more likely to have problems with sexual function.

What causes loss of libido in men?

This depends on factors such as relationship dynamics, stress, exhaustion at work, and parenting responsibilities.

Stress is a big culprit in causing low libido. Feeling very stressed or not getting enough sleep causes an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which blocks the body’s production of testosterone.

Sometimes, loss of sex drive is related to an underlying condition. For example, certain medications can lower testosterone levels.

How can guys boost their testosterone?

Here are some things that you can do to support testosterone levels.

Eat zinc-rich foods

Including seafood, shellfish, red meat, nuts, seeds, tofu, lentils, egg yolk, natural yoghurt and dairy products. Zinc plays a vital role in testosterone levels, impacting libido and fertility.

Lift weights

Exercise such as weight training or resistance exercise is one of the best ways to increase testosterone.

Research shows that testosterone levels rise for short periods of time after exercise — ranging from 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the man.

Is there a vitamin to increase libido?

Here are some supplements/ foods that can help with libido!

Cordyceps

Known as Himalayan viagra, cordyceps has a long history of traditional use as a natural aphrodisiac. Research suggests it increases testosterone and supports the adrenal system to lower stress levels. 

Vitamin D

This vitamin is important for testosterone production. Having optimal vitamin D levels may boost testosterone by 90 %.

Honey

Is rich in the mineral boron, which is linked to high testosterone levels. It is also rich in nitric oxide, which can help with blood flow and open blood vessels to support erections. Four teaspoons per honey a day is a therapeutic dose.

Improve exercise performance

Whether you are a professional athlete or a gym enthusiast, Wild Oats health food store provides a wide range of natural remedies to improve your exercise performance.

What is a natural performance enhancer?

Beetroot juice enhances exercise performance by increasing blood flow. It increases nitric oxide, which increases blood flow to the muscles. Studies have found that supplementing with beetroot juice prior to sporting events increases athletic performance, speed, and muscle contraction in trained athletes.

What supplement can improve exercise performance and capacity?

Some of our favourite supplements to help improve exercise performance include:

Creatine – one of the most studied supplements on the market. It’s a popular supplement to improve exercise performance. Its main role is to enhance energy production in cells, as it helps replenish your cell's energy currency, called ATP. The more creatine you have, the more energy your cells produce during high-intensity exercise, which leads to enhanced exercise performance. Research suggests that creatine is one of the most effective supplements available for high-intensity exercise.

Why we like Vivo Life Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine – one of the most studied supplements on the market. It’s a popular supplement to improve exercise performance. Its main role is to enhance energy production in cells, as it helps replenish your cell's energy currency, called ATP. The more creatine you have, the more energy your cells produce during high-intensity exercise, which leads to enhanced exercise performance. Research suggests that creatine is one of the most effective supplements available for high-intensity exercise.

Why we like No Ordinary Moments Plant Protein

BCAA’s – (branched-chain amino acids). Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The BCAA’s are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. Together, they make up 1/3 of all essential amino acids and are important for building muscle protein, as unlike other amino acids, BCAA’s are usually sent directly to the muscles for processing, bypassing the liver. This means that they could help to increase muscle mass faster. We sell a great vegan protein powder that contains BCAA’s.

Why we like Viridian Magnesium

This supplement helps the body recover quicker from exercise. Magnesium is used for more than 300 reactions in the body, including the production of energy, helping our muscles take up oxygen, and maintaining the balance of electrolytes.

Do you have more questions on supplements for men?

Please visit us in-store at Wild Oats in Bristol to talk to one of our Nutritional Therapists about the best nutrients to support men’s health.