The presence of meat in the diet, particularly processed meat, may increase one’s risk of prostate cancer, as may consumption of fried foods, dairy products and eggs. A plant-based diet may improve erectile dysfunction.
Men might be cautious about using lavender; in spite of its apparent efficacy in relieving anxiety, it may have estrogenic effects (as might nettle tea). Soy consumption, on the other hand, has been found not to decrease male fertility. Sex steroid hormones found in meat, dairy and eggs, and saturated fat intake in general may be one cause of the global drop in male fertility.
Eating the spice fenugreek may improve muscle strength and weight lifting power in addition to helping lower the risk of cancer. Eating foods rich in carotenoids and vitamin C may be associated with a reduction of lower urinary tract infections in men. Mushrooms are the best source of the antioxidant amino acid ergothioneine, found in seminal fluid.
Seafood and Men’s Health
Xenoestrogens (human-made pesticide chemicals found mostly in fish) may negatively influence male sperm counts. Radioactivity present in seafood may lead to low sperm count.
Advice to eat oily fish or take fish oil to lower risk of heart disease, stroke or mortality may no longer be supported by the balance of available evidence. Endocrine-disrupting industrial toxins found in fish and seafood may affect genital development of boys and sexual function of men.
Advice for vegetarian men
Image Credit: Ibrakovic / Thinkstock. This image has been modified.
Topic summary contributed by Linda
Popular Videos for Men's Health
All Videos for Men's Health
Are the BPA-Free Alternatives Safe?
Do BPA-free plastics, such as Tritan, have human hormone-disrupting effects? And what about BPS and BPF?
Best Foods to Improve Sexual Function
Selecting foods to improve pelvic blood flow and decrease inflammation both long-term and immediately after a meal may improve sexual functioning in men and women.
Do Men Who Have More Sex Live Longer?
When done right, love may protect your lover’s life.
Do Vitamin C Supplements Prevent Colds but Cause Kidney Stones?
What are the benefits and risks of taking vitamin C supplements?
The Effect of Animal Protein on Stress Hormones, Testosterone, and Pregnancy
What happened to women who were randomized to eat more meat and dairy during pregnancy, and what effect does animal protein consumption have on cortisol and testosterone levels in men?
BPA on Receipts: Getting Under Our Skin
Using skin lotion or hand sanitizer before touching thermal paper (cash register receipts and printed tickets) can facilitate the absorption of BPA into the body.
Treating Prostate Cancer with Green Tea
Green tea is put to the test against precancerous lesions, prostate cancer and metastatic cancer and compared to the effects of black tea.
Preventing Prostate Cancer with Green Tea
A third of men in their 30s may already have tiny cancerous tumors in their prostates. How much tea would one have to drink to build up cancer-suppressing levels in one’s prostate tissue?
Ginger for Osteoarthritis
A quarter- to a half-teaspoon a day of powdered ginger can be as pain-relieving as ibuprofen, without the risk of damage to the intestinal lining.
Why BPA Hasn’t Been Banned
If the synthetic estrogen BPA is linked to billions of dollars’ worth of medical problems a year, why is it still allowed in the food supply?
Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking
Only about one in 10,000 people make it to be 100 years old. What’s their secret?
Pomegranate vs. Placebo for Prostate Cancer
Pomegranate juice for prostate cancer was finally put to the test in a randomized controlled clinical trial.