(Health Secrets) Andropause is the name given to the change of life for men. This change is not as pronounced as the menopause experienced by women, but it’s just as real. Most men don’t like to think or talk about it because it makes them seem less manly. They are reluctant to do anything about it, and when they do, it’s to ask for a prescription for Viagra rather than attempting to address the underlying causes of their declining energy, weight gain, irritability and failing sexual performance. A recent study may jar them into action. Researchers have found that low testosterone levels in men are associated with high risk of early death from all causes.
From about the age of 30 on, men experience a decrease in levels of their primary sex hormone of approximately 1.5 percent per year.
Declining testosterone is responsible for the symptoms of andropause and is what initiates the mid-life crisis in men. Prescription drugs do nothing to address the real issues men face during andropause. Yet this is a critical time period in their lives, a time during which the seeds for early death are sown.
Large study documents the association between lower testosterone and higher mortality
In the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about balancing hormones naturally with a healthy diet of traditional food and food supplements. I’ve put together my Top 5 Tips For Balancing Hormones Naturally.
Before I share my tips with you, please note that I’m not an expert in this area, nor am I a doctor and this post should not be construed as medical advice. However, I have learned some things over the past few years that I want to share. I hope it will help some people out there.
This post is especially for women, since so many of us suffer from hormonal issues. These hormonal problems are more prevalent as we age, and particularly after pregnancy and childbirth. However, more and more women are experiencing hormonal problems in our youth — everything from missed periods, low sex drive, cysts in the breasts and ovaries, infertility, and breast cancer. There are many things we can do nutritionally to prevent and reverse these hormonal disorders.
My Experience with Balancing Hormones Naturally
Maca ( Lepidium meyenii ) is a plant that has exceptional nutritional and also medicinal properties. Due to all of the benefits provided it is classified in the category of super food.
Maca root is a source of strength and fertility. Contains vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C, alkaloids, macro and micro nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, fatty acids, fructose, starch, tannin, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, silicon and magnesium.
Calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B1 and B12, and fatty acids have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, stimulate the appetite and positive impact on digestion. Sterols, calcium and vitamin C from mace help build muscle mass and increase physical endurance. That is why one of maca supplements used by many top athletes.
Maca contains a four unique alkaloids – macaina 1, 2, 3, 4 – not found in any other plant. Alkaloids from maca help in exploiting all the nutrients from the mace that the body needs.
Maca Consuming (more…)
The British Journal of Nutrition reported in November 2012 that fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) alter serum levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA). PSA is a protein produced by prostate cells. Elevated levels of PSA are associated with prostate issues such as prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and acute bacterial prostatitis.
The investigators evaluated 504 healthy men with serum PSA level of 2.5 ng/ml or lower. The subjects received daily supplementation with:
1. Omega-3 fatty acids, including 1.12 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 0.72 grams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) per capsule, (more…)
by Chris D. Meletis, N.D.
If you’re a man and your prostate isn’t bothering you, chances are good you’re not spending much time thinking about this walnut-sized gland. And if it is bothering you with either painful or just annoying urinary tract symptoms, you’re probably thinking about it a lot, whether you want to or not.
Either way, paying attention to the health of this small gland can have big benefits. That’s because even if you don’t feel as if there’s anything wrong with your prostate, two of the most pressing male prostate health concerns can be symptom-free.
Some men with an enlarged prostate—known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—don’t have symptoms. Additionally, early-stage prostate cancer is also often silent. This means that there could be something wrong with your prostate and you wouldn’t even know it without an exam from your doctor. (more…)
Gout is a very painful form of arthritis that usually attacks the big toe and can spread to the insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers or elbows. Gout occurs when an excessive buildup of uric acid in the body forms painful crystals in the joints. These uric acid crystals deposit in the articular cartilage of joints, tendons and surrounding tissues causing inflammation. Uric acid deposits can form under the skin (called tophi) and even some kidney stones are formed from uric acid crystals.
Joint pain, gout and arthritis are rare in countries where small amounts of meat is eaten such as New Zealand, China, Japan and Africa. When people from these cultures eat a western diet of too much protein, the rates of joint pain increase dramatically to match levels typical in Americans. (more…)