As a man, it can be hard to find time to care for your health. Exercising and eating well are both foundational building blocks to a healthy lifestyle, but what if you could add natural herbal supplements to support overall health that were specifically tailored to your needs?
If that sounds good, just take a look at some of the best herbs for men we’ve listed down below. Whether you’re suffering from depression, hair loss, low sex drive, or you just want a general health and immunity boost, you can use one (or several) of these herbs to help support optimal wellness:
Some evidence suggests that gokhru may help to boost fertility rates. One 2017 study published in Chemistry Central Journal suggests that this herb may help increase testosterone levels in men.
This herb may help to improve sexual dysfunction by increasing blood circulation to the genitals. Some reports also suggest that it could help improve stamina levels.
This herb may also help to improve sexual performance and boost fertility according to a 2017 study published in Sustained Energy for Enhanced Human Functions and Activity.
More evidence is needed to understand how it may work, but this herb has historically been used to help increase libido and improve overall performance levels.
Yohimbe may take a different approach to improving sexual health but healing psychogenic (mental) impotence. It could also help to improve circulation to the genitals to improve erectile dysfunction.
Ginseng is well known for it’s energy-enhancing benefits, but its also thought to help boost libido and sperm count in men.
Maca is known to enhance energy levels and help to combat adrenal fatigue that can deplete energy throughout the day. As a bonus, it may also have several benefits for men’s sexual health.
Ashwagandha is an age-old remedy that’s commonly categorized as an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body deal with stress. It could easily fall into the “stress relief” category below, but evidence also suggests that ashwagandha may have powerful energy-boosting benefits for men. By lowering cortisol levels, improving metabolism, and improving sleep quality, you may find that ashwagandha helps to fight fatigue from many different angles.
Lion’s Mane is technically a mushroom, but we believe this natural remedy also deserves a place on this list because of its powerful brain-boosting benefits. Lines mane is a well known adaptogenic mushroom that can help the body adapt to stress, but it's also well known for its daytime benefits, like boosting energy and cognition and supporting the body's immune response. As an adaptogenic herb, it works with your body's unique composition to provide optimal benefits, so it's pretty close to a one size fits all supplement for men.
Hemp is the non-psychoactive cousin to cannabis (marijuana) that carries a slew of therapeutic effects thanks to its high CBD content. Depending on the terpene profile of the particular hemp strain you choose, you can enjoy relaxing benefits of uplifting effects. Commonly, though, CBD is thought to have calming benefits that may help regulate the endocannabinoid system.
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Daily doses of full spectrum CBD may help to promote a healthy stress response and overall wellness.
Rhodiola rosea is another adaptogenic herb that’s known to help regulate the body’s stress response to lower cortisol levels, which can offer a wide range of benefits, like helping to improve energy levels, support optimal mental health, and boost weight loss efforts. In fact, this herb may have additional benefits that help to burn belly fat alongside a healthy workout routine.
Chaga is an adaptogenic mushroom that we're squeezing into this herbal list because it has a powerful potential to promote relaxation and balance sleep cycles. Whether taken as a supplement or as a tea, chaga is best taken at night and can help manage stress levels by supporting a regular circadian rhythm and restful sleep.
Research has found that saw palmetto, known also as Sabal serrulata, may help to support overall prostate health. This evidence found that regular consumption of saw palmetto can help inhibit the production of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. This enzyme converts testosterone into DHT (or dihydrotestosterone), a hormone that contributes to many of the problems that men may face as they age, like male pattern baldness or an enlarged prostate.
By preventing the production of DHT, this herb may be able to boost prostate health, support a healthy libido, and prevent hair loss. Some sources say that saw palmetto can also promote relaxation and prevent water retention by acting as a diuretic.
Echinacea is a frontrunner in immune supporting herbs, but it actually has many different uses that may make it exponentially useful for men looking to support general health. Echinacea can be taken on its own to help support the immune system and prevent illnesses, but it is often used in herbal cocktails to support wellness in many areas, including blood sugar balance, skin health, and stress relief.
Studies have found that echinacea may also help to boost athletic endurance by increasing erythropoietin (EPO) levels, which helps regulate red blood cell production. Better blood flow means better oxygen transport which translates to increased endurance.
Calendula, sometimes called “pot marigold,” is another "do it all" herb that can support immunity, stress relief, and total body health. Some evidence suggests that it has potent anti-viral properties that help protect the cells from free radical damage that leads to inflammation. These anti-inflammatory benefits can be useful for supporting athletic endurance and recovery, easing muscle spasms, managing various skin concerns, and potentially preventing many serious illnesses and cancers. As a bonus, Calendula is one of the herbs on this list that can be used both internally and topically to boost wellness from all angles.
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