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Featured in: General Health  |  August 9, 2016

Nutrition for Him: Natural Supplements & Herbs

Boost your energy and well-being by incorporating all natural nutrients into your diet.

  |   Edited by Amy Vaughn

Stress, toxins, and punishing schedules can take a toll as the demands of our busy lives bump nutrition, exercise and rest to the backseat. We all know we need to eat better, exercise more and find ways to decompress, but sometimes there just doesn’t seem like enough time in the day or enough energy.  The effects of aging can have us all longing for our youthful selves.  Fortunately, there are natural ways to feel more energetic and vital abound.  Certain nutrients, herbs and natural supplements have been shown to improve energy and libido levels while protecting against the kinds of chronic disorders that can send you to the sidelines in a hurry.

To help figure out which natural supplements and herbs are right for you, we’ve included a breakdown of the most useful nutrients in the chart below.  Also, be sure to check out our men’s health page to find out what natural supplements Nature’s Plus has to offer.

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Nutrient / Herb

What It Is

How It Helps Men

Adaptogens

This category of herbs includes eleuthero, ginseng and rhodiola, all native to northern East Asia, as well as India’s ashwagandha

Adaptogens help the body cope with physical and mental stress, boost performance and endurance, and fight fatigue; traditionally used as aphrodisiacs; have shown immune-stimulating properties in studies

Alpha Lipoic Acid

One of the body’s own powerful antioxidants; found in both animal and plant sources, with animal sources yielding higher amounts

Recycles other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and glutathione, which may have an anti-aging effect; serves as a cofactor for enzymes that control cellular energy production; fights the side effects of high glucose levels

Amino Acids

Protein building blocks that include alanine, arginine, glutamine, glycine, 
histidine and phenylalanine, as well as carnitine, an amino acid derivative

Helps build the body’s structural proteins, including those in muscle; arginine promotes healthy circulation and erectile function; carnitine has boosted athletic performance and cardiovascular function in studies

Bee Pollen

A powdery substance that supplies the male reproductive element in plants, as gathered by bees and stored in their hives

An especially rich source of amino acids, minerals and B vitamins as well as numerous enzymes and coenzymes; serves as an antioxidant; used to increase energy and endurance

Cassia Nomame

An herb native to Africa, Asia and Australia

Protects against free fatty acid development by blocking fat absorption in the intestines; this action promotes production of HGH, a hormone essential for cellular regeneration, particularly in muscle and bone tissue

Fenugreek

A spice used in Indian curries and stews

Used traditionally as an aphrodisiac and reproductive-system tonic; contains furostanol saponins, substances that help boost testosterone levels and promote sperm production; also helps balance blood sugar levels

Grape / Apple Polyphenols

Antioxidant compounds found in grapes, apples and other plants as well

Used to counteract peroxynitrite, a free radical that reduces testosterone levels; lowers inflammation and supports healthy cardiovascular function; has increased athletic performance in studies

Lycopene

A carotenoid found in tomatoes, watermelon and other fruits and vegetables

An antioxidant that has been found to inhibit human cancer cell growth; high levels have been linked to reduced prostate cancer risk as well as reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Saw Palmetto / Pygeum

Two herbs often used together; saw palmetto is native to the southern US, pygeum to Africa

Used to help reduce the symptoms, such as frequent or difficult urination, of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); in studies saw palmetto has inhibited production of DHT, a substance linked to baldness

Tongkat Ali

An herb, Eurycoma longifolia, native to Southeast Asia

Traditionally used in Malaysia to increase energy and vitality, and as an aphrodisiac; has improved libido, erectile function and sperm production in studies; also helps reduce stress and lift mood

Tribulus Terrestris

An herb long used in the traditional healing systems of China and India

Has increased serum levels of luteinizing hormone, leading to higher levels of testosterone, and improved libido in studies

Zinc

A mineral most highly concentrated in animal foods as well as some seeds and vegetables

Essential to production of both testosterone and sperm, as well as sperm motility; also helps regulate genetic activity, maintain healthy immune function and smell and taste sensitivity, and support healthy glucose levels

GlucodOX

A proprietary combination of guggul, the resin from a tree commonly found in northern India, and a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil

Is used to promote insulin sensitivity (which helps control blood sugar levels) and support cellular energy production, to inhibit cholesterol production and to help regulate fat storage

Muira Puama

A tree native to the Amazonian rainforest

Traditionally used to treat diminished libido and erectile dysfunction; has been found to support better brain functioning in animal studies; may also help fight stress and depression

Pumpkin Seed

Seeds from the popular orange winter squash

An excellent source of zinc, manganese and other minerals; contains phytosterols that may help ease symptoms of benign prostatic enlargement

Selenium

A vital trace mineral (meaning it’s needed in extremely small amounts)

Is a vital component of several antioxidant enzymes; helps regulate thyroid hormones, which control the body’s energy metabolism; studies have found a link between low selenium intake and increased risk of cancer, especially prostate cancer

Velvet Bean

A climbing vine found in Africa, India and the Caribbean

Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac and nerve restorative, and for the treatment of reproductive system disorders; has been found to support production of HGH and testosterone; has helped counteract the effects of diabetes on the male reproductive tract in animal studies

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