Featured in: Health  |  November 3, 2020

What Are the Best Herbs for Men?

By Lisa James

For thousands of years, men have turned to nature’s bounty of health-supporting herbs in an effort to maintain peak well-being.

Today, many of these herbs (and other plant-based substances) are again being used by people who wish to best support their health. Here are some of them.

 

 

What It Is

What It Does

Fenugreek

Trigonella foenum-graecum, used in cooking for centuries

Believed by ancient healers to encourage fertility; has been found to support male reproductive health*

Ginseng

Panax ginseng, an herb with a long history of usage in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Long thought of in TCM as an overall vitality tonic; has shown the ability to promote  male reproductive health; has demonstrated antioxidant properties*

Lycopene

A carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits such as carrots, papayas, tomatoes and watermelons

Higher lycopene levels have been associated with greater prostate well-being; may also help support liver health*

Resveratrol

A phytonutrient found in grapes and peanuts as well as Polygonum cuspidatum, native to east Asia

Has shown antioxidant effects; may support healthy testosterone production*

Rhodiola

Rhodiola rosea, an herb native to the arctic areas of Europe and Asia

Traditionally viewed as an adaptogen, a plant that promotes a healthy stress response; may also help support healthy energy and mood levels*

Saw Palmetto/Pygeum

Serenoa repens and Pygeum africanum, often used together in herbalism

Used to help support prostate health; may support healthy hair*

Selenium

A vital trace mineral; highest concentrations found in Brazil nuts, other sources include brown rice, meat and seafood

Plays a vital role in thyroid and brain function; may also support male reproductive health*

Tribulus

Tribulus terrestris, native to dry areas of Africa, Australia and southern Asia and Europe

Long used in both Chinese and Indian medicine to promote male reproductive and sexual health*

Turmeric

Curcuma longa, native to India, where it has a history of culinary and healing use

A potent antioxidant; may support prostate health*

ViNitrox

A patented formulation of antioxidant compounds found in the skins of apples and grapes

Helps counteract the effects of peroxynitrite, a toxic byproduct of normal bodily processes that can reduce testosterone levels*

Zinc

A trace mineral found in seafood, especially oysters, as well as meat and some types of nuts

Known to play a key role in male reproductive health*

 

NOTE: Always consult with your healthcare practitioner for help in designing a supplementation program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.

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