Men’s Health – Plant Medicine for Prevention and Performance

Like women, men encounter specific gender-related health challenges throughout life – and three common concerns many men face are cardiovascular issues, enlarged prostate, and poor resiliency and performance.

Prevention is key for these health issues! They can all occur to some degree with aging, but are often exacerbated by poor diet and sedentary, high-stress lifestyles. Practicing healthy daily habits and getting regular physical screenings help to minimize risks – but you may not know that there are plant medicines that can be used proactively to provide effective daily support and help protect men’s health.

Cardiovascular Health

Heart disease is currently the second leading cause of death in Canada, with men two times more likely to be diagnosed and on average 10 years younger than women

Experts agree that the best approach to protecting cardiovascular health is through preventative measures. In fact, the Heart and Stroke Foundation states that 8 out of 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Healthy dietary choices and regular fitness are both crucial for reducing the risk of heart disease – and targeted, therapeutic herbs can also help to fortify and protect heart health.

HeartBeat® tonic blends time-honoured herbs that help maintain and support cardiovascular health through their synergistic actions.

The HeartBeat® formula it built around hawthorn – also known as “the heart herb”, a well-established circulatory tonic that increases cardiac output (pumping out blood efficiently) by improving the heart’s muscle tone and vascular integrity.

PLUS

  • Arjuna – An ayurvedic heart tonic that supports the heart muscle function and promotes healthy cholesterol balance.
  • Garlic – A powerful antioxidant with cardioprotective features that supports healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Turmeric – Supports circulation, with anti-inflammatory cardioprotective properties that have positive effects on cholesterol.
  • Reishi – A medicinal mushroom that exerts a positive influence on healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Learn more about herbal protection for cardiovascular health: How Herbs Complete a Holistic Approach to Heart Health

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Stress Management & Hormonal Health

Although we only tend to think about the hormonal phases women undergo, hormonal health is just as important for men – and when compromised, can be quite distressing!

Repeated episodes of acute stress or long-term chronic stress can disrupt hormonal balance, impacting men’s energy levels, stamina, and sexual wellness, sleep patterns, and even immunity.

Adaptogens are specific herbs that improve resilience against physical, emotional, and environmental stressors, helping to bring the body into balance, optimizing hormones and all bodily systems. One of the most revered adaptogens is ashwagandha – an ayurvedic herb backed by centuries of therapeutic use.

Ashwagandha strengthens vitality and sexual performance, fortifies the body’s resiliency against infection, and helps to restore and calm the nervous system, alleviating anxiety. Research has indicated that supplementing with this herb promotes healthy cortisol levels and exerts a positive influence on hormonal levels and physical stamina.

Our Ashwagandha Caps are prepared from a proprietary Certified Organic ashwagandha root – KSM-66® – a clean, sustainably sourced ashwagandha, backed by clinical studies supporting its positive effects on stress and anxiety. This root is dried into a concentrated full-spectrum extract that provides enhanced potency and absorption in the convenience of a vegetarian.

Tinctures offer high absorption, dependable potency, customized dosages, and versatility in how you take them.  Our Certified Organic Ashwagandha tincture offers a traditionally crafted format of this revered herb and is made with time-honoured extraction methods held to the highest quality standards.

Hormone support lifestyle tip – get sleep! Stress is often coupled with inadequate sleep, which also has negative impacts on hormones levels and sexual function. Restorative sleep is important for hormonal health – learn more: Why Quality Sleep Is Vital for Health – And How to Get It.

Prostate Health

A common condition many men face over the age of 50 is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate gland that can block flow of urine – and potentially lead to bladder, kidney, or other urinary issues.

Prostate Tonic was formulated to help relieve symptoms associated with mild to moderate benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), such as difficulty in urination, excessive nighttime urination, frequent and/or painful urination, urinary retention, or recurring bladder infections.

Prostate Tonic’s formula features saw palmetto, a traditional herbal prostate remedy, shown in clinical trials to significantly improve BHP and its symptoms

PLUS, four other herbs that support men’s genitourinary health:

  • Nettle root – Helps address inflammation related to BPH.
  • Goldenrod – An anti-inflammatory urinary tract antiseptic.
  • Echinacea – An immune booster with antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Thuja – Helps alleviate symptoms of BPH, especially nighttime urination.

These herbs balance and complement one another, each performing a critical healing function in support of the prostate, ensuring a good, strong urinary flow.

Men of any age can benefit from plant medicine, and the addition of targeted herbs to a daily, preventative health routine can help to address health issues – even before they arise!

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