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Men Boost Your Health With These Everyday Foods!

Updated on February 25, 2011

Food For The XY

There are heaps and heaps of food for the male population. If you have a look at the amount of articles for the XY population, you will find muscle building foods, aphrodisiac, general vitality, cardiovascular health and well being and a whole more. No this article won't bore you by going through the tons of food that will be useful for male population.

Instead, I'll focus on some very practical examples of food for men.

Tart Cherries
Tart Cherries
Hmm.. yum yum!
Hmm.. yum yum!
Seafood Galore!
Seafood Galore!

Let's Go Through The List

1. Tart Cherries

What cherries?? You got that right my male friends. The type of cherries we are talking about are called tart cherries. Cherries are rich in anti-inflammatory properties. The pigment found in cherries are the source of them. A very recent research done in the UK found that tart cherries help with recovery especially after an intense training session. In this study, 10 well trained athletes were given tart cherry juice concentrate twice a day for the week leading up to and 2 days after an intense training session. They found that recovery was much faster for these individuals.

2. Red Lean Meat

For the body building fanatics, red lean meat is an obvious food choice. Packed with protein and having a little more fat that chicken breast, it is definitely a good source of protein. It also has one of the best choices of leucine, the building blocks of muscle.The reason behind the redness to the meat is the high content of myoglobin. That being said, iron content is higher in red meat and is more readily used compared to iron from other food sources.

it is also higher in zinc which helps build a healthy immune system and reproductive system.

3. Seafood and Shellfish

If you are one of those guys who don't experience any allergic problems to seafood, then take as much of these as you can especially shellfish! Shellfish and most seafood are high in zinc and as mentioned before, good for your immune and reproductive system. Sexual functioning of the male reproductive system, including increased sperm counts, is also enhanced with zinc.

Of course, fish is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids which helps protect your heart from cardiovascular disease. Examples of seafood are "fatty fish", like salmon or halibut. They contain a special type known as omega-3 fatty acids, which protect against heart disease, some cancers, and arthritis. The American Heart Association encourages people to take these food at least twice weekly. If you don't like taking seafood then I would encourage you to take Omega-3 supplements daily.

Zinc found in shellfish are also beneficial for heart and muscle health. Fortunately, there are other great sources of zinc if you are not a fan of shellfish or seafood.

Got Milk?
Got Milk?

4. Milk and Yoghurt

If you think there are only good for building strong bones and teeth, think again. A 6-month study carried out in the University of Tennessee found that overweight people who drank 3 servings of calcium rich dairy a day lost more belly fat than those who downed less servings per day.

Milk and yoghurt is another great source of muscle building amino acids. Protein in milk is 20% whey and 80% casein. Both of which are also high quality protiens that when broken down is a great protein source for your muscles especially after a workout. Whey is considered the "fast" protein while casein is the "slow" protein. Whey quickly releases protein whil casein gives you the continued release of protein. The latter is idea for continued body building even when you are asleep! Yoghurt is also great food for men, especially Greek Yoghurt. Greek yoghurt is also another great source of leucine apart from being packed with friendly bacteria to help with bowel health.

Also take note about the kinds of milk available in the supermarket. When it comes to bodybuilding, full cream milk is your BEST choice.


Manly Bananas...
Manly Bananas...
soy foods
soy foods
MIghty Eggs!
MIghty Eggs!

5. Bananas

Beisdes being a great source of quick energy, bananas are a great source of potassium. Potassium has a wide array of functions in the body. It is essential for muscular contractions and bone health. It also helps in regulating your blood pressure. it is also a great source of Vitamin B6 an important vitamin that aids in red blood cell formation, your immune system and protein metabolism.

Wait you don't like bananas? Then consider these alternatives..

  • Beans
  • Tomato products

6. Soy Foods


Soy foods including tofu, miso soup and soy milk are great sources of isoflavones. A recent study involving 40 nations showed that the stronges protection that sof foods can offer is from prostate cancer. It is estimated that in Asian countries, the estimated isoflavone mean daily intake is between 10-50 mg per day. In contrast, the western diet containing high animal saturated fats and low soy content may be the contributors to the higher incidences of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in Asian countries are significantly lower than in the United States and most Western countries.

However, it remains to be ascertained if the benefits are due to its soy protein, or its isoflavones daidzein and genistein, or the combination of them.

7. The Mighty Eggs

Did you know that egg whites are the best type of protein? So much so that it has become the standard compared to other sources of protein. The next in line after eggs are milk, fish and beef. This is the main reasy why bodybuilders include eggs in their diet and why some protein shakes have egg whites as a component.

Besides being high in protein, it also contains iron which is essential for red blood cell formation. it also contains zinc for reproductive health, calcium, iodine and selenium.

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So which are youf favourites?

Leave me a comment and let me know :)

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