Staying healthy on the road means taking your healthy habits with you, such as eating right, exercising, avoiding stress, and making sure to pack your medications and supplements. While you are making your pre-trip packing list, here are seven herbs for men’s health that you might want to consider taking along.
The majority of men will have prostate issues at some point in their lives, often in the form of benign prostatic hyperplasia. While this health issue is often more annoying than dangerous, it can lead to frequent trips to the restroom, urinary tract infections, bladder infections and kidney damage. One herb that has shown some promise as a natural remedy for benign prostatic hyperplasia is saw palmetto, which is easy to find at your local health food store.
A second herb, red clover, has also been used to treat this prostate issue and has shown promise in limiting the growth of prostate cancer. If an enlarged prostate is a concern, you may also want to consider adding stinging nettle to your herbal supplement regimen.
Some of us may have partaken a little too heavily in smoking, eating sugary snacks or drinking in our youth and are now paying the price for it with declining liver health. However, even the non-smokers and non-drinkers among us are bombarded with pollutants every day, and most of us could use a boost to our liver function. Milk thistle, an herb that is widely available, has been shown to improve liver health, reduce the symptoms of liver disease, assist in liver detoxification and strengthen a weak liver.
Heart Health and Cholesterol
Heart disease is a serious health ailment that consistently ranks at the top of the list as the number one killer of both men and women. Fortunately, there are many lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease, such as following a healthy diet, exercising and smoking cessation. There is also a variety of herbs that promote good heart health that you may want to discuss with your healthcare provider.
Hawthorn is believed to improve circulation, reduce free-radical damage, lower cholesterol and normalize blood pressure, making this a great choice for overall heart health. Cayenne, which can be taken in capsule form, added to juice or used for cooking, is often recommended for improving circulation, strengthening the heart and reducing palpitations.
Garlic has been used at least as far back as the time of the ancient Egyptians for treating an array of health ailments. It is still used for treating everything from the common cold to cancer, and it is believed to be particularly useful for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and promoting heart health.