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Importance of Red Fruits and Vegetables for the Male Diet

watermelon strawberry salad Importance of Red Fruits and Vegetables for the Male DietWhile 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

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

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

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

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.

Bio

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.

I am a blogger passionate about natural and holistic men's health. My blog www.menshealthcures.com is dedicated to natural and holistic cures for men's health issues. We have great articles and product reviews to help you learn and educate yourself on natural cures.
  • Benjaminuk

    Watch video on YouTube regarding juicing watermelon. It’s meant to have a lot of an amino acid called L-citruline if I’m not mistaken. This dilates blood vessels in the body and should benefit the entire cardiovascular system. Going on a plant based (vegan) diet can help reverse erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease. Search YouTube for raising the flag vegan ad watch that video.

    Any questions post again on here, thanks

    Ben

  • Mik1984

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=erectile%20dysfunction%20lycopene

    There is no results of a search for “erectile dysfunction lycopene” on PubMed. How do you know it works? Have there ever been any studies to prove it?

    • http://www.menshealthcures.com Ken

      Thanks for your comment. There are numerous published studies that show lycopene, which is found naturally in red fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries and red grape fruit, has significant benefits to men. This includes promoting prostate health, reducing LDL or bad cholesterol, and acts like a natural Viagra. Lycopene helps relax blood vessels to improve blood flow to the major organs, including the penis, and can help boost male libido.

      Here is one of many studies and findings:
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080630165707.htm

      Regards, Ken

  • Mens health

    We must not forget either that the majority of fruit and vegetables contain no unhealthy fats or cholesterol and are very low in calories, all of which will help us to maintain a fantastic figure and prevent us from piling on the pounds.

    • http://www.menshealthcures.com Ken

      Your point here about fruits and vegetables containing no unhealthy fats and cholesterol is correct. Also, fruits and vegetables are high in natural antioxidants, which help the body function properly.