In the past few years, lists of must-have superfoods have been popping up all over the health and wellness world—and for good reason. Each year, experts learn more about the specific benefits a variety of foods offer the body. Supplementing your weekly menu with these powerhouses helps take your health to the next level!
While all the foods below are excellent choices for either gender, these foods are particularly great for men (don't forget to check out our superfoods menu at the bottom!):
Apples. This popular fruit keeps most of its health power in its skin. Quercetin, a flavonoid found in the skin, reduces inflammation and can decrease the risk of heart attack, Alzheimer’s and prostate and lung cancer. And that’s not all: a 2012 study by Harvard University found that flavonoids were linked to reducing the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Cruciferous and Leafy Green Vegetables. Cru-ci-fer-what?! Cruciferous veggies include broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Some top leafy greens are: kale, cabbage, Swiss chard and bok choy. These two green groups are huge producers of folate—one of the super B vitamins that helps fight obesity, heart disease, stroke, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and depression, as well as reduce the risk of cancer.
Pecans and Brazil Nuts. These two nuts are both linked to prostate health. Brazil nuts contain selenium, a prostate cancer-fighting mineral, and pecans help relieve enlarged prostates with beta-sitosterol.
Fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are powerful allies in reducing risk of heart attack. Studies have shown that fish rich in Omega-3s could reduce heart attacks in men by a third or more. Choose fish low in toxins like herring, mackerel, sardines, Wild Alaskan salmon, Pacific Halibut, Rainbow Trout and Yellowfin tuna.
Avocados. You may know that avocados contain the healthy fats the body loves, but did you know this fruit (yes, fruit!) decreases the risk of stroke and may decrease bad cholesterol (LDLs) and increase healthy sperm production?
Tomatoes. When cooked, this versatile fruit doles out high doses of lycopene which studies have revealed may prevent stroke in men. Lycopene is also a rich antioxidant that has been linked to a reduction in macular degeneration, cataracts and prostate cancer.
Berries. Beyond the antioxidant boost berries offer, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries all deliver the heart disease-fighting salicylic acid.
Whenever possible, choose organic, non-GMO foods.
Don’t worry, ladies, we have a list of superfoods that are great for you!