Walking down the pharmacy aisle looking for a simple nutritional supplement for male health can be an intimidating experience these days. There are literally hundreds of bottles professing various health benefits. A good bit of this is in response to our “fast food” society looking for instant gratification and hopping on provocative claims for a quick answer to male health by simply swallowing a cure.
Health is more than curing and preventing diseases. The ultimate goal is optimal male health in all aspects – strength, endurance, high-level mental performance, disease prevention, living pain-free and longevity. All should be considered when shopping for nutritional supplements.
But supplements are just that – a supplement to a healthful approach toward living. Only when one is not able to naturally provide the body with what it needs to function properly or if a condition does occur, should one look to attain male health through herbs, vitamins or supplements.
The guidelines for healthy living are quite simple. Proper nutrition, clean air and drinking water, adequate sleep, sufficient exercise or activity, and avoiding stress are the cornerstones for ultimate male health. Nutrition plays a huge role, and simply adhering to a diet rich in dark green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, and low-fat food is one of the best preventive measures against heart diseases, stroke and diabetes.
When unusual health circumstances do arise, using nutritional supplements to assist the body’s natural healing mechanism can be a highly effective approach. But buyer beware! Much of the information available on these supplements is actually produced by the manufacturers themselves, hardly an impartial recommendation. Here are three tips in considering the best nutritional supplements for male health:
Listen to your body. Just as you were aware of the condition you were seeking to cure, be aware of any signs your body may be giving you that the nutritional supplement is not working to reach the desired goals or worse yet, is producing negative side effects. Upset stomach and skin rashes are two most common complaints. Stop using the supplement and reassess.
Proceed with caution. The FDA does not regulate nutritional supplements for male health under the same guidelines as prescription medications. The only watchdog over your intake is you. Supplements and prescription drugs both can help you to feel better and avoid common ailments, and both are readily available at the local drug store. However one thing the supplement is missing that the prescription drug is not is the FDA-approved document providing all the information on how to take the prescription safely, identify its negative side effects, and avoid potentially dangerous interactions with other drugs.
Be weary of overdoses. Large amounts of water-soluble vitamins, such as B12, are not so much of a concern because your body can easily excrete the excess. But vitamins A, D, E and K which might be sought out in managing chronic liver diseases or any other number of ailments are known as fat-soluble vitamins and are stored in organs and tissues. The body cannot easily compensate for an overage resulting in a number of negative side effects such joint pain, dry skin, nausea, and depression. Keep it within safe guidelines – for men that is 3,000 mcg of vitamin A, 2,000 IU vitamin D, and 1,000 mg of vitamin E per day.
All in all, taking nutritional supplements for male health should be part of a comprehensive approach to overall health. Seek regular guidance from a qualified naturopathic physician or holistically oriented medical doctor to ensure you are on the right path and to safely recommend supplements or perscriptions should the need arise. And keep your eye on the prize — optimal health and long life.