Three Key Vitamins Essential for Men’s HealthMay 31, 2023 09:31AM ● By Meredith Scannell
Vitamins perform a critical job to keep our body functioning optimally. As we age, our cells wear and tear in response to internal and external environmental stressors. Our daily food intake may not be enough to offer the optimal level of the most important vitamins like B12, vitamin C and vitamin D3. The right amount of these essential elements, taken on a timely basis, can help protect the body from many potential health issues.
Vitamin B12 is one of the essential vitamins that’s required for producing cellular energy and blood production, and helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. One of the key functions of vitamin B12 is to aid in the conversion of food into usable energy, promoting the body’s general vitality and energy. Some studies have shown it benefits mental health and brain function. It’s involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, which are substances that carry impulses throughout the brain. A healthy intake of vitamin B12 may assist mental functions such as memory and focus. Vitamin B12 is also critical for the production of red blood cells. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to megaloblastic anemia resulting in weakness, fatigue and shortness of breath. This kind of anemia can be prevented or treated with vitamin B12 supplements.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is known for supporting the immune system. It is potent antioxidants that can boost the immune system of protect the body against pathogens and aid in the body’s ability to combat damaging free radicals. Free radicals can harm cells and play a role in a number of chronic illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. It also boosts the collagen production which is essential of supple and elastic skin. When healing from an injury or surgery, vitamin C is crucial for the production of collagen, a protein that promotes skin, joints and the health of blood vessels. In addition, vitamin C helps to promote cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming a major concern because of our limited exposure to the sun. It’s also of prime importance for the efficient absorption of calcium in the body. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and bone mineralization. It helps regulate calcium and phosphorus levels in the body, which are crucial for maintaining strong and healthy bones. Vitamin D can help prevent conditions like osteoporosis and reduce the risk of fractures. It is also linked to our overall cardiovascular health and recent studies have suggested a link between vitamin D3 and improving testosterone levels. Many studies have found low testosterone levels in men that also have low levels of Vitamin D3.
Dr. Meredith Scannell, owner of the Ivy Drip Bar and Wellness Center, in Belmont, has been in the healthcare industry for 35 years. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing and has a strong background in supporting women’s health as an advanced practice nurse and certified nurse midwife. Location: 7 Brighton St. For more information and a free consultation, call or text 617-221-5070 or visit TheIvyDripBar.net.