Studies have shown men are less likely than women to eat their vegetables. They're also less likely to take supplements. And when health issues arise, they are more reluctant to get them checked out by a professional. Yet both groups have the same end-goal in mind: we all want to be well, and to live long, healthy lives. So why the differences in behavior?
While there's no simple answer to this question, some experts link the lack of proactive care to what they call "boys don't cry" syndrome. From an early age, many men are taught to tough it out when they get hurt or something is wrong. Later in life, this translates to stubbornness or even denial when it comes to health.
As for nutrition, an interesting study in the August 2012 issue of the journal Appetite shed some light. Researchers found that not only do men fail to link the importance of eating well to wellness, but they are less confident than women in their ability to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. One expert noted that men could use some help developing a better sense of control over their diets.
This is where Vitacost is happy to step in. Guys, we can't fill your plates with peas and carrots for you. But what we can do is give you some guidance on good nutrition. Maybe you already know your diet isn't great, and you take a multivitamin to make sure you're getting at least the basics. That's a good start. But there's a world of supplements out there that can lend a hand with your efforts to maintain good health. I'd like to tell you more about some of the best options for men:
Garden of Life KIND Organics Men's Once Daily. If you're taking some multi you found on sale at the supermarket, don't be too quick to pat yourself on the back. Those cheaply made tablets don't dissolve well, and their nutrient content is often less than ideal. Instead, try Garden of Life KIND Organics Men's Once Daily. Not only does it supply 19 essential nutrients, you also get over 20 fruits, vegetables and herbs to help round out your diet.
Vitacost ® Saw Palmetto. Concerned about prostate health? Saw palmetto extract, derived from the berries of a palm tree-like plant, may be a smart addition to your supplement line-up. Decades of research show its safety and efficacy when used to support prostate and urinary health in men.* Our premium saw palmetto formula combines it with pumpkin seed oil, another well-researched prostate-health nutrient that also offers antioxidant benefits.*
Vitacost ®Healthy Libido. Studies continue to show that a healthy sex life plays a part in overall health. For natural support, we offer a unique formula that combines potent herbal extracts, including ginseng, Gingko biloba and gotu kola, in standardized form, plus l-arginine, an amino acid that supports healthy circulation, in an easy-to-take, chemical stimulant-free daily supplement.
Vitacost ® Maca. For athletes and active men, maca is an extract from a Peruvian plant that may help with energy and endurance.* With a long history of use in South American countries as a nutritious and energizing food source, maca is also considered a safe and natural way to enhance libido.* Vitacost offers it in convenient capsules, or as a raw powder to mix with drinks or food.
Vitacost ® Targeted Wellness Stress Support. The American Psychological Association reports that a whopping 43 percent of American men--that's almost half the population--say they are stressed. To help keep yourself on an even keel, try supporting your system with seven clinically-studied nutrients found in our Targeted Wellness Stress Support supplement. It contains the amino acid l-theanine to promote feelings of calm and focus, GABA to support relaxation and healthy sleep, and more.*
There are undoubtedly a few men reading this right now who aren't the type to stop and ask for directions. But I want to assure you, when it comes to health and nutrition, pulling over isn't a sign of weakness--it's something to admire.
Consider Vitacost.com your friendly service station in the night. If you're ever unsure about a supplement, please reach out. We are always here to help.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.