Like a lot of you, I do my best to eat a heart-healthy diet, avoid stress, exercise regularly, and steer clear of toxins such as pesticides, heavy metals, prescription drugs, and radiation. Yet, I still take a multivitamin every day as part of a strong heart health foundation program—and I suggest that you do the same.
Recent research findings also conclude that men taking a daily multivitamin may gain protection from cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in the long-term. The new study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, involved 18,530 male physicians over 40 years old. The researchers found a 44% reduction in major cardiovascular disease event risk in men who were multivitamin users for at least 20 years.
That’s certainly good heart health news for men taking multis. But it’s also important that men make sure their multivitamin is designed to meet crucial male-specific needs. One of the biggest areas many multivitamins for men overlook is the need for prostate protection. To get that support, men need higher levels of three key vitamins, including zinc (20 mg), selenium (100 mcg), and perhaps most importantly 200 IU of vitamin E with mixed tocopherols. Women need far less.
Plus, there has been a lot of research uncovering several lesser-known, yet powerful compounds that get right to the source of prostate issues—your hormones.
Important Nutrients for Multivitamins for Men
Pumpkin seed extract, which is one of the best dietary sources of zinc. In vitro studies suggest it inhibits the 5-alpyha reductase enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT dihydrotesosterone. Keeping DHT in check with a multivitamin for men is critical for prostate health.
Flower pollen extract has also been shown to inhibit the production of DHT. Plus, it promotes a healthy rate of growth of the prostate cells.
Nettle root has also been shown in research studies, either alone or in combination with saw palmetto or other herbals, to help reduce common lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to an enlarged prostate. Those symptoms include urinary frequency, urgency, awakening at night to urinate and decreased force of stream.
Lycopene, which helps to protect your prostate against free-radical damage associated with aging. A study published in Cancer Research showed that the more lycopene consumed by men, the lower the risk of developing prostate cancer.
But taking the right nutrients is only half the story. Men also need lower levels of calcium (less than 500 mg daily) since studies have shown that too much calcium, more than 2,000 mg a day, increases the risk of prostate cancer.
Now it’s your turn: Does your multivitamin for men contain these prostate-supporting nutrients?
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