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Monday, 15 July 2013

Power foods for Men

As men, we are constantly subject to assessment of physical strength as validation to manliness. But more and more it is factors like immunity, health, stamina and the ability to fight disease that are emerging as the real meaning of ‘strength.’ Now ask yourself, are you strong in the ways that really matter?

       True manhood lies in your strength. On the outside all of you look shiny (thanks to the cosmetic products) and muscular (Gods bthose protein shakes). Nevertheless, how strong are you from inside? How good are you when it comes to stamina? Smoking is not necessarily the only reason that you start panting after climbing three flights. Read on as we tell you how can you improve your stamina and work towards improving your power to fight diseases.

     Green tea: Leafy tea is best for your body. It improves your metabolism and contains antioxidants that fight almost all major illness. Green tea is best amongst them all as it contains potent flavonoids that improve the antioxidant action. It also prevents the block cells from getting damaged, reducing chances of cancer.
    Garlic: You might not be able to help the smell and run away from it, but you must accept the fact that it is amazing for your health. Men should have at least two chunks of garlic every day as it works wonders on your health. Your immune system will improve drastically and minor issues like cough and cold never bother you. The antibacterial properties it has, will help you fight viral fevers and any kind of infections. Men with high cholesterol should swear by garlic as it helps in lowering the cholesterol level and prevents the blood from clotting.
      Tomato: Eat tomato to stay young. Tomato helps prevent your skin from getting wrinkles. It also improves your memory and other signs of aging. Tomato contains lycopene that keeps prostate cancer at bay. You might want to start enjoying tomato sauce as it has more lycopene. Cooked tomato works much better on your body that raw ones. So start adding it to your vegetables and salads.
    Broccoli: Broccoli contains folic acid that men need extensively. Folic acid reduces the level of homocysteine that is amino acid in blood. The increased level of homocysteine increases the risk of heart attack. Broccoli also contains vitamin C and potassium that reduces the risk of cancer.
     Tomatoes: This popular fruit has many benefits for men. Lycopene (a phytochemical) is known to lower cholesterol, cut risk of colorectal cancer and heart disease. Studies show that men who regularly eat food rich in lycopene have lesser chances of developing prostate cancer.

      Nuts: Nuts contain protein, Vitamins and fibres and are extremely good for your heart, skin and even the digestive system. The omega-3 fats that they contain nourish your heart. Nuts, when eaten, also help slow down the assimilation process so that the fats and sugar in your body are processed effectively.
    Nourish and strengthen: Including these items in your diet will nourish your body and make it healthy. It will also improve your immune system and make your body powerful enough to fight against not just viral fever and flew but health risks like prostate cancer and heart attack.

   Brazil Nut: Snacking on nuts in general is good for the heart and skin. Brazil nuts, however, are particularly good for men as they have a high selenium content, which is known to enhance sperm health and motility. Selenium also helps reduce LDL or bad cholesterol and acts as mood enhancer.
     Cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprout are some important veggies that every man must include in his diet. These veggies are known to contain cancer-fighting chemicals, which are known to cut risk of prostate and colorectal cancer in men. So add them in plenty in your daily diet.

    Eggs: If you’re prone to hair loss, then look no further. Eggs, an excellent source of protein and biotin (vitamin B7) boosts hair growth. Additionally, egg yolks are a good source of iron, which research suggests helps alleviate hair loss caused by anaemia.
    Blueberries: Blueberries have been linked to reduced risk of prostate cancer, owing to high levels of proanthocyanidins (a subtype of flavonoids). The benefits of blueberries does not end there, research also suggests that this fruit can reduce risk of heart disease, age-related memory loss and type-2 diabetes — all of which – typically effect more men than women.
    Pomegranate: Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and studies show that eating pomegranate regularly can help lower cholesterol, a problem common to many men. Many studies also suggest that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice daily ca slow down the progress of prostate cancer.

    Garlic: Garlic’s heart health boosting properties are well known, it helps lower cholesterol, reducing chances of blockage. Further, research findings published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute suggests that regularly eating garlic and onions cuts risk of prostate cancer. So include them in your diet today.
     Salmon: Salmon, a sea fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help treat the cause of many common health ailments in men. It not only helps reduce LDL or bad cholesterol, it also helps alleviate depression and cuts risk of prostate and colorectal cancer.
 

  Whole grains: Whole grains pack in a host of vitamins, minerals and fibre – good for both men and women. However, it’s the B vitamins that particularly benefit men. Vitamin B9 (folate) helps keep sperm healthy, vitamin B7 (biotin) helps reduce hair loss. Silica, also found in whole grains aids healthy hair growth.

 

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