(Mybrotha.COM) -- Believe it or not, most Black men do not take vitamins or dietary supplements to help assist in healthy living. If daily diets are already lacking the minerals and nurtition needed to sustain maximum health, the long-term negative health effects can be devastating.
Certain nutritional supplements have important effects on the male body and can be instrumental in supporting male-related conditions. Throughout life, a man's body will require different levels of nutrients. Lifestyle and family history are huge factors that dictate nutritional needs.
Some of the most important nutritional supplements for Black men include Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and a number of herbal extracts. All of these are essential nutrients for male glandular function and overall health.
Looking at each one more closely:
- Vitamin A is necessary for skin, eye and immune health
- B Complex vitamins support energy metabolism and red blood cell production
- Vitamin C is essential for immune system and collagen production
- Calcium, magnesium, Vitamin K and zinc are crucial for bone health
Important fatty acids and antioxidants help speed up recovery from exercise, and amino acids are essential for muscle maintenance.
Additionally, men over age 50, often need extra pantothenic acid, niacin, zinc, Vitamin A, and herbal extracts like saw palmetto and Korean Ginseng.
Pantothenic acid is essential for the metabolism of food and is a vital nutrient for the adrenal glands. Niacin plays an essential role in energy metabolism, DNA repair, and is important to healthy blood cholesterol levels. Zinc contributes to proper prostate function, testosterone development, and sperm count.
The importance of Vitamin A cannot be overstated. It plays a critical role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation (in which a cell becomes part of the brain, lungs, heart, etc.). Vitamin A also regulate the immune system, which helps prevent infections by producing white blood cells which destroy harmful bacteria and viruses.
Saw palmetto contains fatty acids and sterols, which is effective for the treatment of Black men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate). Korean Ginseng root is used to support masculine functions.
Clearly the importance of these dietary supplements goes far beyond eating the daily recommendations of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Black men need to be especially focused on supplementing their diets with important nutrients that help fight diabetes and promote proper prostate functionality. The percent of total deaths as a result of diabetes is much higher for Black men than White men, and African-American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer in the world. Within the U.S, African-American men have a 61% higher incidence rate of prostate cancer compared with White men.
Sadly, those numbers continue to rise.
Both of these potentially deadly diseases carry staggering statistics for Black men and reversing those stats is constant challenge.