While it is important for men to consume fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, red fruits and vegetables especially play an important role in men’s health.
The fruits and vegetables that should be plentiful in the male diet are tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon and red grapes.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these members of fruits and vegetable families, and their benefits for men’s health.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a key ingredient in the fight against erectile dysfunction and prostate health. Some call lycopene the natural Viagra, since it naturally relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow throughout the body. This vegetable, which is actually in the fruit family, contains both alpha and beta-carotene, which are natural antioxidants. Studies of rats with prostate cancer tumors who were fed a diet of tomatoes and broccoli tended to have slower growing tumors. Tomatoes also contain potassium, which is a nutrient that men seem to lose as they age.
Strawberries are high in antioxidants, and one of the best natural fighters of heart disease, which is a leading cause of death in men, and one of the first signs doctors check for when a patient reports symptoms of ED. A serving of strawberries provides folate and 210 mg of potassium, which is a mineral doctors recommend in the fight against heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. As with other red fruits, strawberries provide lycopene.
Watermelon is not just a summertime favorite, but offers many natural health and healing properties. It is a natural source of vitamins A and C. Watermelon is natural antioxidant, and of all red fruits and vegetables, provides the highest concentration of lycopene, which many doctors prescribe to their patients facing impotence as it relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. Men with erectile issues lack blood flow sufficient to maintain an erection, and drugs like Viagra actually mirror the natural ability to lycopene to relax blood vessels. Watermelon, which is 85% water is high in Vitamin B, which is a natural energy booster. This fruit contains potassium and electrolytes, which are critical to maintain hormonal balance. The antioxidant properties also help prevent asthma problems, reduces the development of plaque in the arteries, and reduces the chances of men developing colon and prostate cancer. This is truly an amazing fruit.
Red grapes can be consumed as a small round fruit off the vine, as wine, juice or even spread on bread. The level of flavonoids determines the richness of the red or purple skin color of the grape. flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants, which are most often found in the form of a flavonoid, beta-flavonoid or flavonol. flavonoids are polyphenol antioxidants found naturally in plants, are also known as secondary metabolites. Research has shown that flavonoids offers nutritional benefit by triggering enzymes that reduce the risk of some types of cancers, heart disease, and age-related degenerative diseases.
When your mother said eat all your fruits and vegetables, while it was a chore to eat them as children, maybe she knew something we didn’t, and hopefully now that you know the health benefits you will now make an effort to add these delicious and nutritious foods to your diet.
Ken Weiss is a blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic men’s health. Ken writes for Men’s Health Cures and his articles are featured in other health related blogs.