In many ways, men are different from women. One of them is their nutritional needs. Just as women need particular nutrients during pregnancy, or to protect them against breast cancer, men also need to take nutrients in order to prevent prostate cancer or preserve their muscle tissue.
Most of the food that men prefer is not the best choice for their health. In order to reduce any risk of heart disease and cancer, or generally improve their performance, men should make healthy eating habits a part of daily life.
Men over 60 that aren’t physically active need about 2,000 calories per day. Men that are somewhat physically active should consume 2200-2400 calories per day. Those that are very active need between 2400-2800 calories per day. Of course, a balanced diet is so much more than counting calories. There are other aspects that are more important for a healthy lifestyle. Here is a short list of foods that can help men live longer and healthier while feeling better about themselves.
Tomatoes are good for the Prostate
Tomatoes and tomato-based products are an outstanding source of lycopene. Lycopene is a natural antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables, responsible for the intensive red color of tomatoes. Within the body, lycopene is concentrated in the prostate and the testis. Its consumption is associated with lower risk of prostate cancer. A research intended to study the impact of diet on the incidence of serious diseases among men showed on 50,000 male respondents that at least 2 servings of tomato sauce per week reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 23 percent. Lycopene is also found in watermelons. In fact, scientists were able to prove that citrulline found in watermelon, affects blood vessels the same way as Viagra, and it can help for naturally achieving and maintaining an erection.
Oil fish is good for the heart
It is a well-known fact that fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel, are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly (EPA) and (DHA) fatty acids. These valuable polyunsaturated fats contribute to the normal function of the heart and are extremely important for maintaining cardiovascular health. Fish also stands out because of its high-quality protein, as well as many vitamins and minerals, especially the antioxidant selenium. Doctors recommend men over 60 consuming fish oil at least twice a week.
Whole grains are good for digestion
Whole grains provide complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber which is extremely important for proper digestion. Fiber is important for a regular bowel movement, which keeps the toxic substances out of the body, and minimizes the risk of dangerous conditions. In addition, a diet rich in fiber can be helpful in regulating the body weight. Fiber doesn’t have a caloric value, but because of its ability to absorb water, it can increase satiety (the feeling of fullness).
Eggs are good for the hair
Eggs and their high-quality proteins are essential for hair growth. They also contain biotin and vitamin B, which is extremely important for hair health as it strengthens the hair follicles. Egg yolk is also a valuable source of selenium and zinc, the two minerals that contribute to most for the maintenance of healthy hair. Low intake of zinc can result in thin hair, as well as hair loss.