As a man, staying healthy means eating mostly what’s good for anyone—more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Certain foods play special health roles in a man’s diet for prostate problems, staying lean, and putting on muscle. There are even some foods that may help your bedroom performance.
Lean Red Meat
Men eat a lot more protein than women on average. And for the most part, all that additional protein is healthy. If you want to watch your weight, protein may be a better choice than carbs because your body spends more calories burning protein. It also helps build and retain muscle mass. The key is to have lean red meat in small portions and not eat it daily.
There is reason to exercise caution when it comes to red meat though. In some men, an abnormal gene can cause the high iron content of red meat to leave deposits in your vital organs. On the other hand, women need additional iron to make up for what’s lost during their periods.
Though the science is still being weighed up, some signs suggest that dark chocolate could help reduce your blood pressure, increase circulation, and keep bad cholesterol down.
However, that doesn’t mean you should toss your carrot sticks and head straight for the confectionery aisle. Chocolate is still a sweet, and it should be enjoyed in moderation if you want to stay healthy. How much chocolate consumption is considered moderate? Aim for no more than about 30g a day.
Did you know, the word Avocado comes from the Aztec word for testicle, “ahuakatl.” Maybe that’s why this creamy green fruit has developed a reputation as an aphrodisiac. We’re not sure it deserves that reputation, but avocados definitely have several valuable health benefits.
Just like nuts and olive oil, avocados are high in good fat. Avocados help raise good cholesterol (HDL) while lowering bad cholesterol (LDL). They do this with omega 3 fat, the source of ¾ of their calories. They also have plenty of antioxidants, which help reduce cell damage, especially in the dark green part of the flesh nearest the rind. Use some caution, though, and don’t overeat them as they are fairly high-calorie.
Ginger is anti-inflammatory, just like ibuprofen. It reduces swelling and even has some painkilling effect. In one study of patients with arthritic knees, concentrated ginger extract was shown to reduce their stiffness and pain by 40% compared to a placebo.
While ginger seems to be good for sore muscles, its benefits don’t stop there. Ginger is also known to relieve nausea. So, the next time you feel ill, consider making a tea by pouring 1-2 tsp fresh, grated ginger into a pot of boiling water. It is also being studied as a potential weapon against prostate cancer.
Nuts come with some tremendous benefits, and pistachios are one of the best kind. Pistachios are higher in plant sterols than other nuts, making them a good choice for lowering cholesterol. They also add protein, zinc, and fibre to your diet.
What’s more, eating enough pistachios could give you more reliable and longer-lasting erections. That may because of arginine, an amino acid that causes your blood flow to increase throughout your body—including where it counts!
Cherry pigment contain anthocyanins, and these chemicals are anti-inflammatory. Both sweet and tart cherries contain these special pigments, though you’ll find more of them in the tart ones.
Cherries can be powerful against gout, too, which affects more men than women. One major study showed if you’ve suffered from a gout flare-up in the past, chances of future flare-ups are reduced by half by eating 10 cherries a day.