Seven Healthy Foods Beneficial To Men


Do men need to eat differently? Not necessarily.

However, to live a healthy and fulfilling life, because of the differences between the male and female metabolism, there are some foods that contain unique properties that beneficial to men.

Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?

1. Cherries

Cherries Credit: The Splendid Table

It’s difficult to drive around Lagos without seeing people selling cherries.

Cherries are a perfect blend of sweet and healthy. This is because they contain chemicals called anthocyanins which help prevent inflammation. They also reduce the risk of gout which according to statistics, is more present in men than women.

2. Fish With Omega-3

Sardines Credit: Home Remedy And Natural Cures

Omega-3 is a fatty acid found in certain types of fish. Sardines, Mackerel and Salmon are examples of fish with a high Omega-3 content.

Omega-3 helps lower the risk of heart diseases and although it can be found in other places, fishes are the safest source for men. This is because some of the plant-based sources have been associated with prostate cancer in some studies.

3. Ginger

Ginger  Credit: Jam Beverage Company

For a very long time, I was not a fan of ginger but I had to learn to embrace it. Ginger has a wide range of benefits, ranging from the relaxation of sore muscles to being a powerful antioxidant. There is also an ongoing study that may make ginger a potential tool against prostate cancer.

4. Ofada Rice

Ofada Rice Grains Credit: Guardian Nigeria

Also popularly known a ‘brown rice’, ofada rice has become a compulsory delicacy at almost every major social event in Nigeria today. However, there are some people who do not like ofada rice for various reasons like looks or smell.

Studies show that ofada rice is healthier than white rice because unlike the latter, it’s not intensely processed. This means that it retains most of its nutrients making it rich in fibre, proteins and essential minerals.

5. Green Leafy Vegetables

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You were probably waiting for this to make the list and you’re absolutely correct. Green leafy vegetables are highly beneficial to men and women alike containing high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. These are antioxidants associated with eyesight and better vision.

Water Leaves, Scent Leaves (locally called ‘efirin’) and Spinach (locally called ‘efo amunututu’) are good examples of these.

6. Avocados

Pile Of Green Avocados. Credit: Food & Wine Magazine

Avocados are high in fat– have no fear, it’s the healthy kind. Avocados help increase good cholesterols and reduce bad cholesterols. They are highly nutritious with a high potassium, fibre content and antioxidants that help reduce cell damage.

In addition, it has gained quite a reputation over the years as a good aphrodisiac which is a win for everyone.

7. Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate Credit: Men’s Fitness

Dark Chocolate, just like cherries strikes a balance between sweet and healthy. It’s particularly useful for reducing blood pressure and increasing blood circulation.

You should note however that dark chocolate is still chocolate and not a replacement for other healthy foods. It should be consumed in moderation.