The Best 5 Supplements For Men
(BlackDoctor.org) — When it comes to dietary supplements, men want the same things women do: better health, disease prevention and to improve the look, feel and performance of their bodies.
Here’s a look at the top 5 supplements for men.
1. Vitamin D
Problem: Bone weakness
Vitamin D is a hormone that helps your bones absorb calcium. That’s a critical benefit, but there’s also a steady stream of other compelling reasons to take it. For instance, Vitamin D has been linked to reduced levels of depression, reduced risk of colorectal cancer, and less chance of a heart attack.
Dose: 1,000 IU Vitamin D/day
Our pick: GNC Vitamin D-3 1000; gnc.com ($10/180 tablets)
Natural sources: Sunshine, fortified milk
2. Fish Oil
Problem: Heart disease
Loaded with the essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, fish oil can reduce triglycerides, boost HDL cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. But your heart isn’t the only beneficiary: The healthy fats may also reduce inflammation and improve cognitive performance, and may lower your risk of colon and prostate cancers.
Dose: At least 500 mg DHA and 500 mg EPA daily
Our pick: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega; nordicnaturals.com ($28/60 soft gels)
Natural Sources: Salmon, tuna, or other fatty fish
A drop in magnesium can be a major headache. Blood vessels in your brain constrict, and receptors in the feel-good chemical serotonin malfunction. Result: a migraine. The mineral also might help regulate blood pressure and could ward off stroke and diabetes.
Dose: 250 mg/day, plus the magnesium in your diet
Our pick: Life Extension Magnesium Citrate, 160 mg; lef.org ($9/100 capsules)
Natural Sources: Leafy greens, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, coffee, nuts
4. Psyllium Husk
This fiber is more than a colon clearer. In a recent Finnish study, the addition of psyllium to meals reduced participants’ blood sugar and insulin response. Paired with protein, it was also shown to suppress ghrelin, a hormone that makes you hungry. Psyllium is one of five soluble fibers approved by the FDA for lowering LDL cholesterol.
Dose: 20 to 35 g/day, divided and taken with at least 8 oz liquid
Our pick: GNC Natural Brand Colon Pure; gnc.com ($16/19 oz)
Natural Sources: Some fortified cereal grains
Problem: Upset stomach
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that crowd out the disease-causing bad bacteria in your gut. Some can reduce diarrhea caused by certain infections, antibiotics, chemotherapy, and irritable bowel syndrome. The encapsulated good guys may also boost your immune function.
Dose: 1 capsule (with at least 1 billion bacteria) a day
Our pick: GNC Natural Brand Acidophilus Probiotic Complex; gnc.com ($14/100 tablets)
Natural sources: Yogurt, kefir, and other dairy products
BET Star Erica Hubbard & The Urban Wellness Project Celebrate Women's HIV/AIDS Awareness
(BlackDoctor.org) — On March 10, 2011, in honor of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Erica Hubbard (Chicago native and star of the new BET show Let’s Stay Together), The Erica Hubbard Foundation and Chicago’s Urban Wellness Project will host two events to educate and empower women and girls about the importance of HIV/AIDS Awareness.
“I am extremely excited to be co-hosting these influential events,” says Hubbard. “Both personally, and on behalf of The Erica Hubbard Foundation, we will undoubtedly touch the lives of many women, and this is a crucial time for our community to seriously address one of the most exigent and relevant health concerns that is plaguing this generation and potentially future generations.
Today’s HIV/AIDS Reality…
• According to the CDC, as of September 2010, there were 32,923 (15,163 HIV; 17,760 AIDS) people reported as living with HIV/AIDS in Illinois. The number of cases in Illinois is the eighth highest in the U.S
• Of the 24 percent of reported new HIV/AIDS cases, high-risk heterosexual activity accounted for 65 percent of all infections among women for whom a risk factor was reported.
• Even more frightening is the fact that a quarter of the HIV infections in 2007 were among females ages 13 and up. And the numbers of new infections among women and teenagers continues to grow…
“The Urban Wellness Project is taking the initiative to heal urban communities one event at a time,” states Syreeta Talbert, director and founder of the Urban Wellness Project. “For some changing health behaviors may be difficult to achieve due to limited knowledge and access to preventative health care services. Through our events, our goal to inform women and girls about HIV/AIDS so they can take advantage of the services provided to them in our community.”
The first event, “Educating Young Girls About HIV,” will be held at Alain Locke Charter School located at 3141 W. Jackson. This event will include guest speakers Dr. Mildred Williamson, HIV/AIDS section chief for the Illinois Department of Public Health and Erica Hubbard, actress (BET – Let’s Stay Together) to speak to the young girls about the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention. To close out the program Melody Angel and Shayna Love will give a special inspirational music performance. This event is scheduled to take place from 3pm to 4pm.
The Urban Wellness Project will have its second event “S.I.S. Safe is Sexy and Sexy is Safe,” at Salon Heaven located at 1505 S. Michigan also hosted by actress, Erica Hubbard and featuring Dr. Mildred Williamson. The purpose of this event is to educate and engage all women about the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness and testing. In addition to free on-site rapid testing and information services, the night will also include performances by singer Melody Angel, as well as poets, Mama Brenda and London A’Lexus. In addition, complimentary beauty services will be offered and photos available at the Glam Photo Booth. The event is from 5pm to 10pm.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is one of the proud sponsors of the events.
“We must educate people, especially our youth, about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and ways to avoid becoming infected,” said Dr. Mildred Williamson, HIV/AIDS section chief for the Illinois Department of Public Health. “Know your status, get tested and get your friends tested. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.”
About The Urban Wellness Project: The Urban Wellness Project a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organizations dedicated to improving and promoting the overall wellness of African Americans through education and empowering them to take an active, in-charge role of their health. Each innovative program and event offered is designed to provide African American’s opportunities to maintain and improve their physical, mental and social well-being. www.theurbanwellnessproject.org.
About National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to recognize the special risks HIV/AIDS poses for women and girls, and to raise awareness of the disease’s increasing impact on them. We encourage women and girls to know their HIV status and get tested for HIV. www.womenshealth.gov.