Nutrients for Men & Women

Each gender has its own particular nutritional needs for optimal well-being.

November / December 2009

While men and women share basic dietary requirements, specific nutrients and herbs can help each gender enjoy peak health. In the interests of equality, ET presents 11 supplements for men and
11 for women on the following pages.

These suggestions are for healthy adults with no known disease risk factors; if you have a pre-existing condition, or are at risk for a specific disorder, see your healthcare practitioner for help in designing a suitable supplementation program.

MEN

Nutrient/Herb Function
Eleuthero Siberian herb that acts to ease the effects of stress and boost immunity
Korean Ginseng Best-known Chinese male herb; used for physical and mental revitalization
Lycopene Promotes cardiovascular health; may also inhibit prostate cancer
Magnesium Helps regulate heartbeat; inhibits kidney stone formation
Muira Puama Enhances sex drive and potency; boosts circulation; may protect brain cells
Pumpkin Seed Helps relieve prostate congestion and encourages urine flow
Pygeum Promotes urinary health by reducing inflammation in the prostate
Saw Palmetto Inhibits the creation of a form of testosterone linked to prostate enlargement
Selenium
Antioxidant mineral that helps protect the heart and supports sperm formation
Stinging Nettle Acts as a prostate tonic; helps eliminate acidic waste from tissues
Zinc Supports fertility, potency and sex drive; needed for testosterone production

 

WOMEN

Nutrient/Herb Function
Black Cohosh Normalizes hormones; used to help relieve menopausal symptoms
Calcium/Magnesium/
Vitamins D & K
Helps strengthen bones, lowering the risk of osteoporosis (for more on vitamin K, see Supplement Savvy)
Chasteberry (vitex) Used for PMS, menopause, acne and fibrocystic breast disease
Cranberry Fights urinary infections; inhibits bacteria from adhering to bladder lining
Damiana Promotes healthy sexual functioning; helps fight depression
Dong Quai Chinese medicine’s main female tonic herb; regulates reproductive system
Flax Lignans Fiber that may help protect against cancers of the breast and colon
Iron Fights fatigue-causing anemia, especially in premenopausal women
Ipriflavone Helps support bone metabolism in postmenopausal women
Soy Isoflavone Used to help ease menopausal symptoms and support bone metabolism
Wild Yam Traditional remedy for menstrual cramps and ovarian pain

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