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Top Supplements for Mens Health
Posted August 8, 2009 by JeffBehar

Many people do not eat well enough to get all the vitamins and minerals man_with_sonnecessary to promote good health and counteract the effects of aging. There are many natural supplements that can be taken to improve your quality of life, reduce your risk of disease, extend your lifespan and slow down the aging process so you look and feel better too! The following are some important natural supplements that every man should know about in order to treat their body and mind right!

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Diving down healthy_heart.jpglow-density lipoprotein (LDL), or badӔ cholesterol, has been the primary approach to improving cholesterol levels and reducing people's risk to heart disease, but there is also another important part of this equation when it comes to lowering your risk to cardiovascular disease: high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the goodӔ cholesterol. Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk; and some say the level is as or more important than LDL levels to decrease heart disease risk. There are ways to naturally boost HDL without drugs. To learn how, click here

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Jeff Behar, MS, MBA

Jeff Behar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas of health, fitness, disease prevention, weight loss, nutrition, anti aging and alternative medicine. Jeff Behar's work also often appears in several of the major health and fitness newsletters, health and fitness magazines, and on major health, fitness and weight loss websites. Jeff Behar is also the CEO of MuscleMagFitness.com, and MyBestHealthPortal.com; two very popular health, fitness, nutrition and anti aging information sites.


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As men age, the amount of testosterone in their bodies gradually declines. older_man_in_swimming_poolhis natural decline starts after the age of 30 and continues to decline steadily throughout a man's life.

This hormone decline can affect men in several ways, such as loss of energy, loss of muscle mass, loss of strength, loss of bone mineral density, increase in body fat, decreased sense of well being, reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and several other undesirable affects that can dramatically decrease quality of life. Such changes, in association with low testosterone levels, have been called "male menopause."

With people living longer and a much bigger emphasis today on quality of life, many men are looking to hormone replacement therapy (aka, testosterone replacement therapy TRT) as a new fountain of youth for anti aging.

According to pharmaceutical industry estimates, more than a total of 2.3 million prescriptions were written for Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products in 2005 and the numbers haave been growinrapidly every year.

Causes of Testosterone Deficiency

Testosterone deficiency results from the testes being unable to produce the normal levels of testosterone. This deficiency can be physiological or pathological. Physiological deficiency occurs with age. As a man ages, the amount of testosterone in his body gradually declines. This natural decline starts after the age of 30 and continues throughout the life.

In healthy male population 20-40 years of age, the level of early morning testosterone should be 21.8 nmol/L (627 ng/dL).

Pathological deficiency is caused by some other condition and the most common causes are:

1. Injury or infection of the testicles
2. Chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer
3. Genetic abnormalities such as Klinefelter's Syndrome
4. Hemochromatosis caused by too much iron in the body
5. Dysfunction of the pituitary gland
6. Inflammatory diseases such as sarcoidosis
7. Medications, especially hormones used to treat prostate cancer and corticosteroid drugs
8. Chronic illness
9. Chronic kidney failure
10. Liver cirrhosis
11. Stress
12. Alcoholism

In order to be treated correctly, and to even be properly considered for male hormone therapy several male hormone levels should be reviewed.

Male Hormone Levels
Hormone to Test Normal Values What value means
Testosterone 270-1100 ng/dl

Testosterone is a hormone produced by the Leydig cells of the testes. Like other steroid hormones, testosterone is derived from cholesterol. It has many functions and it is responsible for normal growth, development of the male sex organs and maintenance of the secondary sex characteristics.

Testosterone is also important for maintaining muscle bulk, bone growth, adequate levels of red blood cells, energy, sexual function, and a. sense of well-being. 600-625 ng/dl is considered by most doctors as "normal" however these numbers can vary widely

Free Testosterone .95-4.3 ng/dl It is important to remember that blood levels of both free and total testosterone vary widely among individuals, making it difficult to establish a general threshold for treatment. However, levels are quite consistent within individuals, so it is helpful for men to have multiple tests over time to determine trends and individual thresholds for treatment.
% Free Testosterone .3% - 5% A normal male has about 2% free, unbound testosterone. Many people forget the importance of this number.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) 1-18 mIU/ml Basic hormone testing for males often only includes FSH and testosterone. FSH stimulates spermatogenesis.

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) 2-18 mIU/ml

LH stimulates Leydig cells and production of testosterone.

A problem with LH levels alone is rarely seen, so testing is only needed if testosterone level is abnormal. As men age, a number of changes occur that reduce the testosterone level available to the body and that alter the ratio between testosterone and the chief female hormone, estrogen. This condition is now referred to as partial androgen deficiency of aging men.

Estradiol (E2) 10-60 pg/ml Elevated estradiol levels in males can lead to gynecomastia. Increased estradiol levels in males may be caused by increased body fat, resulting in enhanced peripheral aromatization of androgens. Levels in men can also be increased by excessive use of marijuana, alcohol, or prescribed drugs. Estradiol levels can also be dramatically elevated in germ cell tumors and tumors of a number of glands in both men and women.

It is also imperative to also test estrogen levels. Many of the unwanted effects of male hormone imbalance are actually caused by an elevated estrogen level relative to testosterone level (the estrogen/testosterone ratio).
Progesterone (P4) .3-1.2 ng/ml


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About the Author, Jeff Behar

Jeff Behar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas of health, fitness, disease prevention, weight loss, nutrition, anti aging and alternative medicine. Jeff Behar's work also often appears in several of the major health and fitness newsletters, health and fitness magazines, and on major health, fitness and weight loss websites. Jeff Behar is also the CEO of MuscleMagFitness.com, and MyBestHealthPortal.com; two very popular health, fitness, disease prevention, weight loss, nutrition and anti aging information sites.

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There are many proven health benefits to those that incorporate aerobic exercise into their daily routine. Cardiovascular or Aerobic Training improves your heart muscle and cardiovascular system. It not only improves endurance, but regular aerobic exercise strengthens the heart, allowing the heart to pump blood more efficiently, delivering oxygen and other important nutrients throughout the body with less effort.

Health Benefits of Aerobic (Cardio) Training

Research shows that the specific benefits of regular low impact aerobic exercise includes:

  • Reduces stress. Regular aerobic exercise releases endorphins, your body's natural painkillers. Endorphins also reduce stress, depression and anxiety.
  • Improves sleep patterns. Studies show that exercise help reduce stress, increases calmness, and improves sleep disorders. Reference: American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2008, June 12). Moderate Exercise Can Improve Sleep Quality Of Insomnia Patients. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from /releases/2008/06/080611071129.htm
  • Reduces anxiety. Aerobic exercise can reduce anxiety and improve the sleep quality of insomnia patients, according to several research studies. Reference: American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2008, June 12). Moderate Exercise Can Improve Sleep Quality Of Insomnia Patients. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from /releases/2008/06/080611071129.htm
  • May reduce chronic pain. Regular aerobic exercise releases endorphins, your body's natural painkillers.
  • Reduces risk to many chronic diseases. Several studies show the benefit of regular exercise including aerobic exercise on health. In the January 2008 issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter, the Mayo clinic notes the following health benefits associated with 30 minutes of exercise a day: lower blood pressure, reduction in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), improvement in the concentration of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or goodӔ cholesterol in the blood), reduction is risk to type 2 diabetes, reduction in risk to osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease, improvement in bone density. Note: extra weight is also a contributing factor to conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes) and some forms of cancer, therefore as you lose weight, your risk of developing these diseases decreases. Reference: Mayo Clinic (2008, January 4). Moderate Exercise Yields Big Benefits. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from /releases/2008/01/080104123421.htm
  • Helps reduce the risk of developing insulin sensitivity and Type 2 diabetes. Tighter management of blood glucose levels reduces the workload of the pancreas, which reduces the risk for developing insulin sensitivity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes). Note, although aerobic exercise improved glycemic/blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes) significantly, the greatest improvements came from combined aerobic and resistance training. Referece: Mayo Clinic (2008, January 4). Moderate Exercise Yields Big Benefits. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from /releases/2008/01/080104123421.htm. American College of Physicians (2007, September 18). Both Aerobic And Resistance Exercise Improved Blood Sugar Control In People With Diabetes. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from /releases/2007/09/070917173157.htm
  • Lowers risk of heart disease (including but not limited to coronary arterydisease, coronary heart disease angina.
  • Stops or reverses the build-up of blockages in the vessels that supply blood to the heart.
  • Increases the total number of red blood cells in the body, facilitating transport of oxygen.
  • Helps control blood sugar. Regular exercise stops wild blood sugar fluctuations, thus helps control the insulin response as well.
  • Increases bone density. Lowers risk of osteoporosis.
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis (gradual loss of bone mass/strength). Research shows that bones become weaker if they are not stressed and that exercise helps prevent bone calcium loss.
  • Improves mobility and strength in later life. Research shows that exercise helps improve mobility, flexibility and strength.
  • Promotes weight loss through calories burning and increased metabolism. When performing aerobic (cardio) exercise the increase in work load of exercised muscles results in increased metabolic rate, fuel consumption or calorie burning, continues for several hours after the workout is completed.
  • Weight management. Helps maintain a healthy weight.
  • Burns calories. Aerobic exercise raises the metabolic rate and burns calories.
  • Reduces body fat. A research team at the University of Chile Clinical Hospital in Santiago, showed that aerobic exercise reduced body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat. The study also showed that the participants had waist circumference, decreased blood pressure, and reduced appetite. Reference; The Endocrine Society (2008, June 18). Aerobic Exercise Increases A Blood Protein That May Suppress Appetite. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from /releases/2008/06/080616115855.htm.
  • Reduces hunger and suppresses appetite. Aerobic exercise increases leptin levels, a hormone that helps reduce hunger and suppress appetite.
  • Increases your metabolic rate. The metabolic activity of an individual is heightened for several hours following a bout of aerobic activity.
  • Improves immune system. People who exercise regularly are less susceptible to minor viral illnesses such as colds and flu . It is possible that aerobic exercise helps activate your immune system and prepares it to fight off infection.
  • Improved muscle health. Aerobic exercise stimulates the growth of tiny blood vessels (capillaries) in your muscles. This helps your body more efficiently deliver oxygen to your muscles and remove from them irritating metabolic waste products such as lactic acid.
  • Improves balance and coordination.
  • Tone muscles throughout the body.
  • Increases fitness. Can help keep you fit if you have arthritis, without putting excessive stress on your joints.
  • Increases stamina/endurance. Exercise may make you tired in the short term, i.e., during and right after the activity, but over the long term it will increase your stamina and reduce fatigue.
  • Improves the ability of muscles to use fats during exercise, preserving intramuscular glycogen.
  • Enhances the body's hormonal system. Aerobic exercise stimulates the body to secrete specific hormones that have positive specific effects on specific parts of our bodies. Examples include hormones that lower cholesterol, suppresses appetite (leptin), etc.
  • Enhances the body's neuro system. Many hormonal changes affect the nervous system, including some that act on specific areas of the brain that control pleasure and elation. Among the effects are increased alertness and IQ
  • Enhances the speed at which muscles recover from high intensity exercise.
  • Slows down the aging process. Maintaining aerobic fitness through middle age and beyond can delay biological aging by up to 12 years and prolong independence during old age, according to several recent studies. Reference: BMJ-British Medical Journal (2008, April 10). Maintaining Aerobic Fitness Could Delay Biological Aging By Up To 12 Years, Study Shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from /releases/2008/04/080409205827.htm
  • Increases brain power (cognitive ability). Several recent studies show that aerobic exercise can increase cognitive ability and allow down age related dementia. According to a recent review of studies from the Netherlands. Aerobic physical exercises that improve cardiovascular fitness also help boost cognitive processing speed, motor function and visual and auditory attention in healthy older people,͔ said lead review author Maaike Angevaren. Reference: Center for the Advancement of Health (2008, April 20). Aerobic Exercise Boosts Older Bodies And Minds, Review Suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from /releases/2008/04/080417173453.htm
  • Improves quality of life. Less chronic muscle pain, less stiffness and greater mobility are all benefits of exercising.
  • Increases life span. Several studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientifically linked aerobic exercise with increased life spans.
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