(Article first published as Foods to Improve Male Health and Assist Weight Loss on Technorati.)
Few people would disagree that men and women are different in many ways, and their diet is no exception. While both sexes should avoid health degrading foods such as trans fat rich baked and fried items along with sugar and fructose laden soft drinks and desserts, there are certain foods which are especially important to male health.
Foods to Improve Mood, Memory and Muscles
Diet is the single most important factor which conditions men’s health. The body has evolved to be influenced by the vitamins, minerals and macronutrient composition of our food which alters genetic expression and ultimately disease progression and length of life.
Information provided by Parade magazine highlights specific foods and food groups which directly impact male health, affecting muscle development, fat metabolism and weight loss.
Fish and Omega-3 Fats for Heart Health
Fish and fish oil provide the highest amounts of the critical Omega-3 EPA and DHA fats. Extensive research directly links consumption of these fats with a one-third reduction in the risk of sudden cardiac death. Omega-3 fats reduce inflammation throughout the body, and especially in the critical coronary arteries.
These fats also encourage natural weight loss due to their ability to reduce insulin levels by up to 50%. Further, Omega-3 fats are linked with lowered incidence of blood clots caused by platelet clumping.
Nuts and Seeds for Prostate Health
Selenium is an essential mineral which has been shown to be effective in lowering risk from prostate cancer. Nuts (especially Brazil nuts) are an excellent source of this nutrient, and as little as an ounce daily provides enough selenium to provide protection from prostate disorders.
Many seeds are a wealth of nutrients which benefit the prostate, including sunflower, flax and chia seeds. Both nuts and seeds are good sources of the full spectrum of Vitamin E which promotes heart health.
Fiber Rich Vegetables to Stabilize Mood
Mood is deeply affected by a combination of factors including neurotransmitter function in the brain, environmental and life changes and the diet we eat. Diet is the factor which is directly within our control, and the foods we eat can play a big role in the way we perceive others and the world around us.
Men are best served eating plenty of fiber rich carbohydrates from fresh vegetable, and to a much lesser extent, fruits and grains. These foods hold blood sugar swings in check which help maintain proper brain chemistry balance.
Protein also helps to maintain homeostasis of blood sugar and insulin levels, in turn helping to control dopamine secretion in the brain. This regulates male mood by uplifting the spirit, helping to provide better concentration and allowing for an improved quality of life.
Food has a significant impact on the composition of our body and the way we think and process thought. Experts note that specific foods are positively linked with male health. Men have evolved differently from women, and need a custom macronutrient ratio to achieve optimal health.
Improve the male body, mind and spirit by eating a diet prescribed by your genes, and benefit from natural weight loss and a healthy quality of life.