It's National Men's Health Week, so we decided to jump in and show just how herbs can help.
While there are herbs that have an affinity for men and others that have an affinity for women, there are no herbs that are strictly for men or strictly for women. However, the herbs listed below can be very beneficial to men.
- Maca - Maca is a Peruvian herb known for its affinity for men's libido, fertility, and mood improvement. Maca is also full of antioxidants and vitamins. Plus it's full of amino acids and fatty acids, which help improve memory and focus and balance hormones. Studies also show that Maca increases strength and endurance. Early stage research hints that the herb may also reduce risk of prostate cancer.
- Stinging Nettle - Stinging Nettle is full of so many vitamins, minerals - all types of antioxidants. Lowering inflammation and blood pressure are two great reasons to add Stinging Nettles into your supplement regimen. Recent studies show that Stinging Nettle may help reduce risk of prostate cancer.
- Hawthorn - Hawthorn is an herb that is known for its support of the cardiovascular system. Heart health is essential to living a long life. Among herbalists, Hawthorn is used for physically supporting heart health and emotionally during heartbreak, sadness, and loss.
- Ashwagandha - This herb is often used by herbalists to help alleviate stress and anxiety. There are a number of health complications caused by stress and they often go untreated/unrecognized because no one's managing stress! Ashwagandha has this affinity for the central nervous system, so in addition to alleviating stress and anxiety, you may find that it significantly helps cardiac endurance and the sleep cycle. Which then means improved physical performance, muscle strength/growth/recovery, and fertility. See how it's all connected?
- Turmeric - Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, often used by people for joint and muscle pain. Some have used it for help with diabetes and even depression. It makes our list because it's anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants.
So, how'd we do? What herbs do you use regularly? Leave them in the comments below.