Over the years when men start ageing, their body goes through numerous changes both internally and externally. Men, especially who have attained fifty years or above, needs to take care of their health and ensure that their body contains sufficient nutrients that it requires.These natural supplements act as a man’s best friend when it comes to fighting everything from baldness to bone loss.
1. Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is a small palm tree that grows wild from Texas to South Carolina in the U.S. Its medicinal properties are derived from its blue-black berries.
How it works
Saw palmetto has a long history of folk use, was historically used to treat urinary tract disorders, and was given to frail individuals as a general tonic. Over the years, it has also been employed to relieve persistent coughs and improve digestion. According to scientific studies, saw palmetto has the ability to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland.
Doctors prescribe saw palmetto for the benign enlargement of the prostate gland known medically as BPH.When the walnut-sized prostate gland becomes enlarged, a condition that affects men over 50 years of age.
Studies have also found that saw palmetto produces fewer side effects (such as impotence) and quicker results than the conventional prostate drugs. However, its long-term safety and effectiveness are not yet known. it is used to treat impotence and infertility in men and is thought to be an aphrodisiac.
The Pygeum africanum extract tree is a tall evergreen of the family Rosaceae found in central and southern Africa. Its bark has been used medicinally for thousands of years and was used to relieve urinary disorders.
How it works
Pygeum has been observed to improve urinary symptoms associated with enlargement of the prostate gland or prostate inflammation. It is thought that the pentacyclic triterpenoids present in pygeum help rid the body of substances that bind to prostate walls and thereby maintain sound prostate and reproductive system health.
Pygeum is sometimes used as an aphrodisiac and as an aid to sexual performance. It has also been used to treat fever, impotence, inflammation, kidney disease, malaria, male baldness, psychosis and stomach upset, although effectiveness in these areas is also unproven. Small, flawed trials suggest it may help with infections of the prostate (prostatitis) or seminal vesicles and with sexual dysfunction.
People with known allergies to pygeum should avoid this herb. Signs of allergy include rash, redness, itching, swelling, wheeze, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
3. Red Clover
Red clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones, which are water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens (known collectively as phytoestrogens).
How it works
The flowers and leaves of red clover contain phytoestrogens, natural plant chemicals that mimic the effects of the human hormone oestrogen. The most useful phytoestrogens are the isoflavones, such as genistein, and red clover is rich in these compounds.
Small studies have shown that red clover isoflavones did have beneficial effects on the stiffness of the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the body and on the function of the endothelium, which lines the arteries. One study showed it reduced blood pressure while another found no effect.
Red clover may reduce cholesterol levels but, again, researchers have produced conflicting results.Traditional uses include as a mild antispasmodic for the relief of gastrointestinal symptoms, as an expectorant and treatment for chronic skin conditions, particularly eczema and psoriasis.