Mackie Shilstone / Fitness Expert
There are so many supplements out there from which to choose. Here are my top 5 recommendations for supplements for men. Next week, we'll look at the top 5 for women. For more information, visit mackieshilstone.com.
1. A daily multivitamin
Based on the concept that a multiple vitamin/mineral preparation is an excellent first choice, here is a starting point. You should start with your diet, however, and build from there. Key elements for men include Vitamin D, which controls over 1,700 processes in the body, including testosterone production. Folate and B-12 are also important in the multi-vitamin. Zinc is important for wound healing and testosterone.
2. CoQ 10 :
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance found naturally in the body. It helps convert food into energy. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant, which fights damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Scientists believe free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Some researchers believe that CoQ10 may help with heart-related conditions, because it can improve energy production in cells, prevent blood clot formation, and act as an antioxidant. Talk your doctor about whether or not you need it, however.
3. Milk Thistle:
The active ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin. You want to make sure you get a standardized amount of silymarin in every capsule. It may protect the liver from environmental toxins, such as ethanol. It also increases the antioxidants in the liver. Beware of some drug/nutrient interactions, however, and talk with your doctor first.
4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
Omega 3 does an incredible amount of things for heart and vascular function, as well as cognitive function. It can also lower your triglycerides. The Omega-3 may need to be prescribed on different levels, based on your doctor's recommendation. On a basic level, 500mg, but your doctor may use 2,000-4,000mg to drop your triglycerides.
5. Grape Seed Extract :
Grape seed skin, and resveratrol in particular, has demonstrated several antioxidant properties. It has also been shown to be effective in those with metabolic syndrome, improving blood pressure, and providing some immune system support. Be aware of drug/nutrient interactions, however.