Etiquette says there’s no reason to ever scroll through your man’s mobile phone without his permission, but when it comes to his medicine cabinet, we could all use a few helpful suggestions, right? Especially if you have a few natural remedies for typical male health issues up your sleeve. Naturopath and nutritionist Stephen Eddey, who is Principle of Health Schools Australia (Australia’s longest-established natural medicine college), suggests these holistic supplement remedies for four common guy health woes
4 times it’s OK to meddle with your man’s medicine cabinet
To help: his receding hair line
Stephen says: “Silica is a trace mineral which helps achieve hormonal balance as well as the proper balance between calcium and magnesium within the body and is essential to strong hair, nails and bone growth. It could help with your partner’s receding hair line, as well as any early signs of baldness. Silica might also be a remedy the two of you can share, as it’s one of the biggest components of collagen and can help support healthy skin as well.”
Stephen says: “Zinc may also help his receding hairline. Zinc plays a critical role in regulating the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterine, which in high amounts can cause male pattern baldness.”
To help: boost his libido
Suggest: Horny Goat Weed
Stephen says: “A herb that lives up to its name, Horny Goat Weed is believed to be an effective aphrodisiac. It contains a flavonoid called icariin, which acts to help increase testosterone levels in men. Known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Epimedium, Horny Goat Weed is another one women can share, with some touting its benefits for relieving the symptoms of PMS and menopause as well.”
Stephen says: “Tribulus has been found to increase testosterone in men with lowered testosterone. Testosterone in men drives libido and thus optimal levels of this critical hormone will help him ‘perform’, while also increasing overall wellbeing.”
To help: with bad breath
Stephen says: “A common cause of bad breath is deficiency in the mineral zinc. Zinc is an antimicrobial mineral, which can help maintain a healthy, bacteria-free mouth by aiding in the neutralisation and elimination of germs in the mouth. Many common mouthwashes contain alcohol to kill bacteria and assist fresh breath, but a better option might be a solution containing zinc chloride. Alternatively, foods rich in zinc include spinach, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate and mushrooms. Zinc also boosts immunity which may help ward off the dreaded ‘man flu’.
To help: boost his fertility
Stephen says: “According to the Fertility Society of Australia, statistics reveal that one in six couples in Australia suffer infertility, and according to IVF Australia, a third of all fertility problems are due to male issues. Despite being in complete health, men can still produce poor quality sperm. It’s fertility over virility that will help make a baby according to scientists and the health and motility of the sperm is paramount. A study involving 228 men with unexplained sperm problems contributing to infertility, published in the Journal of Urology, found that Ubiquinol was significantly effective in men with unexplained infertility issues for improving sperm density, motility and morphology.
Always read the label of supplements. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner.
Stephen Eddey is a qualified nutritionist and naturopath and is the Principal of Australia’s longest established natural medicine college, Health Schools Australia. He has completed a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine as well as a Masters in Health Science and is studying a PhD in Nutritional Medicine.