Vitamins & Minerals for Men's Health
Zinc deficiency has been positively linked to prostate enlargement in a few studies, although no large scale clinical trials have been conducted. The RDA is 15 mg but in the studies doses of 150 mg of zinc sulphate were taken daily for two month, followed by maintenance doses of 50 mg daily. 14 out of the 19 men in the trial experienced shrinkage of the prostate. As zinc can be toxic in high doses (leading to anaemia and low immunity) high doses should be taken under medical supervision. A standard zinc supplement, nevertheless, is beneficial for most men.
Magnesium(RDA 400mg) and Vitamin B6 (RDA 2 mg) have also been combined with zinc in maintaining prostate health.
A multivitamin containing beta-carotene (which converts to Vitamin A in the body), Vitamin C, selenium and Vitamin E is also helpful in men's vitamin supplementation.
The prostate gland is inside your pelvis, at the top of the urethra (the tube that carries urine) which is connected to your bladder. It is usually the size of a walnut. As you pass middle age, and particularly after 60 years old, it is very common for it to grow in size. As the prostate gland is wrapped around the urethra, any inflammation or swelling can cause narrowing of the urethra, leading to interrupted or difficult urination, characterised as dribbling. It is also common to experience sudden or frequent urges to urinate, especially at night, which often don't result in full flow. This is not always painful but can be.
One of the principle health related issues facing many men is their reluctance to talk about their problems.
Men are less likely than women to seek help for problems such as depression, stressful life events, and even lingering health problems that can sometimes be a warning sign of something more serious.