Supplements can provide additional nutrients you may not necessarily get enough of from your diet.
They can also help when certain health conditions cause you to develop an insufficiency or deficiency.
When it comes to the supplements men should take, most focus on supplements to enhance athletic or sexual performance.
But there are supplements available to help with other health issues men experience, such as stiff joints, hair loss and loss of sex drive.
A clinical trial, published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, tested 54 male triathletes and found participants improved their 100 minute triathlon by 10 minutes, over a four week course of taking natural pine bark extract Pycnogenol.
Providing comment on the results, lead researcher Dr. Gianni Belcaro said “This study provides evidence that daily supplementation of Pycnogenol offers a natural approach to help reduce post-workout muscular pain, increase levels of physical performance and get you training again sooner.”
He continues “Pycnogenol, along with good training and proper nutrition, may help to significantly improve physical fitness and reduce oxidative stress and muscular pain in both those who exercise recreationally and triathletes.”
Pycnogenol is available from health food stores throughout the UK and online.
Everyday stress, poor nutrition, genetics and damage caused by the environment or over styling can all lead to excess hair breakage or shedding.
Healthy hair grows in a continuous cyclic pattern and if this is disturbed for any reason it can impact your hair’s health. This means it’s important to ensure that your diet is rich in specific nutrients and minerals.
Viviscal Man Hair Growth Programme, which contains 60 tablets, is said to nourish thinning hair and help promote healthier hair growth from within and be suitable for all hair types.
It has marine protein complex AminoMar C and contains zinc, vitamin C, horsetail extract and flax seed.
Boost energy levels
If you often wake up feeling tired and exhausted, or suffer with fatigue during the day, it may be time to boost your energy levels.
Contrary to popular belief, simply getting eight hours sleep a night, may not be enough in itself for our bodies to carry out their complex restorative functions, if we’re not getting the quality sleep required during these vital hours.
While you sleep you may think your body is resting, but in fact it is very active, in particular the brain, which requires a constant supply of energy during the night.
GP Dr Roger Henderson said: “To carry out its essential overnight repairs and cell rejuvenation, your body uses energy in the form of glycogen which is stored in the liver. During the night, these glycogen stores get depleted at a rate of 10g per hour, of which 65 per cent is used by the brain.
“If this energy supply runs out, the liver send stress signals to the brain in the form of the hormone cortisol, alerting it to wake up until sufficient levels are restored. This process can result in broken sleep, which you may not even be aware of, but can often leave you feeling tired and lacking in energy the following day.”
Benenox Overnight Recharge is a combination of honey, Sustamine and Vitamin B6, which, when taken before bed, supplements your body’s stored energy levels to support good quality sleep, leaving you feeling fully recharged and ready to take on the day ahead.
Healthy joint function
FlexiQule is an original food supplement made from 100% natural actives ingredients.
The supplement is said to help maintain healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility by harnessing the combined benefits of two powerful natural active ingredients Boswellia and Ginger (Gingerol) extracts to help manage the body’s inflammatory response and maintain joint health.
Take two capsules daily, one in the morning and one in the evening, with your meal and a glass of water.
Ellie Isom, Clinical Nutritionist at BioCare said: “Many different lifestyle factors can have an impact on libido. For both males and females, stress, whether due to personal or work life, can have a significantly reduce libido. The stress hormone cortisol has been identified as potentially competing with testosterone, inhibiting and lowering testosterone production.
“Meditation and exercise are a couple of examples of stress reducing activities which can be beneficial at lowering stress, restoring normal hormonal production and therefore, libido. Nutrients such as theanine, lemon balm extract and lavender can also be beneficial when addressing high stress levels due to the calming properties they possess.”
BioCare MaleForte Multi provides all the nutrients required for hormonal balance and regulation.
Best supplements for sleep needn’t be exotic or expensive. Try topping up on magnesium, vitamin D and B vitamins before you nod off.