Stop Neglecting Your Health… It’s Time to Make It #1!

As we close out Men’s Health Month, we ask that you take a step back from the day-to-day and give yourself some much-needed TLC, you deserve it. 

Many of us tend to devote a lot of time and energy to careers, families, and household responsibilities among other things, while oftentimes neglecting self-care in the process. 

Don’t worry, it’s not uncommon for adults to put their own well-being on the backburner when it comes to keeping up with the rat race. However, it doesn’t have to be an either-or decision. Enjoying healthy careers and families can be achieved all while you’re building and sustaining a healthy lifestyle for yourself.

How?

Ultimately it boils down to getting enough exercise and nutrition based on a few factors, typically they include things like age, gender, and weight. However, supplements have made it even easier than ever for us to help our bodies bridge the gap of nutrients that are missing in our daily food choices. 

You might ask “How do I know which supplements I should take?” 

While we can’t offer specific or individual advice on dosages, we can tell you about some general nutrient best practices that every man needs to support overall health and wellbeing. 

There are a number of nutrients and vitamins that are crucial for Men’s Health, and it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of them. 

Here are a few key nutrients and vitamins essential for Men’s Health:

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has many benefits for the human body, for both men and women. It is required for healthy bones, muscles, and general health. Most people get Vitamin D from sunshine, but if you don’t spend a lot of time outside, supplements are an option.*

A review in the National Library of Medicine supports the importance of vitamin D in the development and strength of our bones as well as our muscles to help maintain muscular and skeletal strength as we age. *†

One study that included over 100,000 participants tells us that eating 10% more ultra-processed foods was associated with above a 10% increase in the risks of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disorders.*†

Vitamin B12 is important for energy levels, brain function, and red blood cell production. It can be found in animal products such as meat, fish, and dairy. If you don’t eat these foods regularly, supplements are recommended.* 

Don’t shy away from firing up that beloved barbeque grill and flame-broiling some delicious steaks for yourself and the family. If you’re not a big meat fan, shiitake mushrooms can make a great alternative while still providing vitamin B12.*†

Omega-three Fatty Acids

Omega-three fatty acids are beneficial for heart health, joint pain, and inflammation. You can find them in fish, nuts, and seeds.*  

A study in the Journal of American Heart Association that included more than 120,000 adults in 13 randomized trials worldwide showed an 8% reduced risk for heart attack and coronary heart disease (CHD) death.*†

Take some time to relax with a good book and a cup of chamomile tea while munching on some walnuts or almonds.*

Zinc

Zinc is important to help maintain a strong immune response, fertility, and cell growth. It can be found in oysters, beef, chicken, beans, and nuts.

According to an article from Healthline, Zinc also enables the male body to produce testosterone. Because of this, having lower levels of zinc may affect erectile dysfunction.*†

Of course, these are just a few of the important vitamins and nutrients our bodies need to thrive and embrace longevity. For a full list of our Men’s Health formulas, visit Store.EmeraldLabs.com/collections/men-s-supplements

Today, make a resolution to commit to your health and well-being! Make sure you’re getting the nutrients and vitamins you need to stay healthy and active for years to come.

 

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Known as America’s Natural Doctor to his patients, readers and audiences across North America, Mark Stengler is a licensed naturopathic medical doctor. His passion is to combine the best of conventional and natural medicine to achieve optimized health for his patients.  Dr. Stengler has personally formulated each of the Emerald Labs Additive-Free products according to the high standards of his health practice.   Read more about Dr. Stengler…

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR ADVICE REGARDING ANY MEDICAL CONDITION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SELF-DIAGNOSE OR TREAT ANY MEDICAL CONDITION.

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Healthline

Harvard EDU
Harvard EDU B12
National Library of Medicine

Men: Make the Rest of 2022 Your Healthiest Year Ever

The past few years have been tough on everyone, and for most of us our health has been challenging at times. With so much stress and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and make sure you’re as healthy as possible.

This is often easier said than done. With work, family, and social obligations, it can be tough to find time to focus on health. But if you want to make the rest of 2022 your healthiest year yet, it’s important to find ways to fit self-care into your busy schedule.

Here are a few common (but super important) tips to help you get started:

Eat A Healthy Diet

This is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Focus on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. And, limit unhealthy foods such as processed meats, sugary drinks, and refined carbs.

One study that included over 100,000 participants tells us that eating 10% more ultra-processed foods was associated with above a 10% increase in the risks of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disorders.*†

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But with work, family, and social obligations, it can be tough to get enough shut-eye. If you’re having trouble sleeping, there are a few things you can do to help:*†

  • Create a sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on weekends.
  • Establish a bedtime routine to help you wind down before sleep. This might include reading, taking a bath, or even stretching.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.
  • Supplements: Our Sleep Health contains clinically proven ingredients shown to help support falling asleep and staying asleep plus promoting nighttime calmness and relaxation*

Increase Your Physical Activity

Proper exercise is super important for overall health. It can help improve your mood, boost your energy levels, and protect against chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

At a minimum, you should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise at least 2-3 days a week. (Disclaimer: You should always consult your doctor before beginning any  new exercise routine.)*

Manage Your Stress Levels

Stress can take a serious toll on your health if it’s not managed properly. To help reduce stress, make time for relaxation and hobbies you enjoy, get regular exercise, and stick to a healthy diet.*

 

Take Care of Your Vision

Many men overlook the importance of eye health. But it’s crucial to have regular eye exams, especially as you age. Schedule regular checkups. Even if you feel healthy, it’s important to see your doctor for routine checkups.

Proper nutrition is critical to maintaining healthy eyes. Our Vision Health is a comprehensive formula with clinically-proven ingredients shown to help support overall vision health plus help improve Night Vision, promote the Macula and Lenses and help with Eye Strain & Reduce Glare.*

Take Care of Your Bladder

Men are at a higher risk for bladder problems such as urinary incontinence and prostate issues.*† 
    
Our Bladder Health formula contains Urox® – a proprietary blend of clinically-proven herbal plant ingredients combined with pumpkin seed extract and PACran®, which may help to support muscle tone and ease the discomfort associated with overactive frequency and urgency in both men and women.*

Keep Your Memory Sharp!

As you age, it’s normal to start forgetting things from time to time. But there are things you can do to help keep your memory sharp. Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and challenge your brain with activities like puzzles and crosswords.

Certain vitamins and minerals have been clinically proven to help support memory and would make a fantastic addition to the recommended lifestyle habits above. Our Memory Health contains multi-targeted ingredients to help support brain health, concentration, mental clarity & mood.*

Make 2022 the year you take control of your health! With some effort, you can make positive changes that may help to improve your health and wellbeing for years to come.

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Known as America’s Natural Doctor to his patients, readers and audiences across North America, Mark Stengler is a licensed naturopathic medical doctor. His passion is to combine the best of conventional and natural medicine to achieve optimized health for his patients.  Dr. Stengler has personally formulated each of the Emerald Labs Additive-Free products according to the high standards of his health practice.   Read more about Dr. Stengler…

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR ADVICE REGARDING ANY MEDICAL CONDITION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SELF-DIAGNOSE OR TREAT ANY MEDICAL CONDITION.

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Better Health

Sleep Foundation

BMJ

It’s Men’s Health Month! Here’s Some Top Picks.

June is National Men’s Health Month, and what better way to celebrate than by sharing some of our top picks for supplements to support men’s health?

These supplements can help with everything from prostate health to energy levels and more. To find out what we recommend, continue reading! 

Energy Levels

For men who want to boost their energy levels, we recommend using a full B-complex. B vitamins are essential for energy production, which help the body convert the food you eat into glucose.*† 

The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements tells us “Some dietary supplements can help you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients if you don’t eat a nutritious variety of foods.”*† 

Our B-Healthy formula has therapeutic amounts of Coenzymated Methyl Folate and the activated forms of B Vitamins to help with Energy and Stress-Related Fatigue.*

Tocotrienols are a form of vitamin E and may help slow the buildup of plaque in the arteries and decrease cholesterol levels. The National Library of Medicine recommends vegetable oils as the best sources of these vitamin E forms, particularly palm oil and rice bran oil containing higher amounts of tocotrienols.*† 

Emerald’s Heart Health contains 99% Delta Tocotrienols, the most active form of the tocotrienols which have been shown to benefit overall heart health.*

Male Hormone Balance

Another important aspect of men’s health is hormone balance. For men who are experiencing low testosterone levels, we recommend taking our Testosterone Health.

Testosterone Health contains a ​​ targeted blend of scientifically validated herbal extracts and an amino acid. This powerful combination helps support the body’s own production of testosterone and overall circulatory health.*†

This may help to increase energy levels, libido, and muscle mass. If you’re experiencing hair loss, you might also want to try a supplement that contains saw palmetto (like our Prostate Health) or green tea extract, both of which may help to reduce DHT levels.*†

Learn more about Emerald Labs Testosterone Health.

Prostate Health

One supplement we recommend for prostate health is saw palmetto.

Saw palmetto is a natural herb that has been shown to be effective in managing symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Research suggests saw palmetto may also help with urinary problems related to the prostate.*†

Learn more about our Prostate Health formula.

These are just a few of our favorite supplements to help maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. Be sure to talk to your doctor first if you currently take medications before taking any new supplements.*

If you’d like to browse our entire collection of vitamins and supplements, visit our Men’s Health category by clicking here. 

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Known as America’s Natural Doctor to his patients, readers and audiences across North America, Mark Stengler is a licensed naturopathic medical doctor. His passion is to combine the best of conventional and natural medicine to achieve optimized health for his patients.  Dr. Stengler has personally formulated each of the Emerald Labs Additive-Free products according to the high standards of his health practice.   Read more about Dr. Stengler…

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR ADVICE REGARDING ANY MEDICAL CONDITION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SELF-DIAGNOSE OR TREAT ANY MEDICAL CONDITION.

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National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements 

National Library of Medicine

Mayo Clinic

Healthline

The Protective Qualities of Quercetin

The news of the protective qualities of quercetin has everyone talking. That’s because many researchers have been conducting studies over the last few years revealing the natural safeguards quercetin provides to the human body. One of the main reasons people are drawn to quercetin is o to the fact that more are turning to holistic remedies and relying on the body’s own immune response abilities.* 

A recent study published in MDPI references a form of quercetin that is up to 20 times more absorbable than regular quercetin that was shown to have a protection factor of 14% more against contracting the “C problem” compared to those given the placebo. In fact, one of the participants of the study who contracted the virus had a complete clinical remission in only 7 days, compared to 15 days to remission for 4 members of the placebo group who contracted the virus.*†

The form of quercetin used in the study is called Quercetin Phytosome®, the same used in our very own Quercetin Phytosome formula here at Emerald Labs.*†

What Medical Publications Have to Say About Quercetin

PubMed states, “Several studies highlight the potential use of quercetin as an antiviral, due to its ability to inhibit the initial stages of virus infection, to be able to interact with proteases important for viral replication, and to reduce inflammation caused by infection.”*†

BioMedCentral says “Flavonoids are the most abundant polyphenols in the human diet. Flavonoids include anthocyanins, flavonols, flavanones, flavones, and isoflavones and quercetin (3,3′,4′,5,7-pentahydroxyflavone) is one of the most important compounds in the group of flavonoids. The compound [quercetin] has a wide range of health, biological, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune system regulation, and cardioprotective and neuroprotective effects.*†

According to researchers at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute…*†

“A cell has a lock, and the virus has a key [to enter and infect the cell], but quercetin puts glue in the lock.”

Quercetin, an antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables, may help reduce the risk of you getting sick. It does this by neutralizing free radicals which are particles that cause damage to our cells’ membranes or kill our cells.*†

Quercetin also has potent anti-viral abilities shown to help strengthen how the immune response fights potential illnesses. But what other superpowers does quercetin possess?*† 

  • Relieving allergy symptoms: Studies show that allergy symptoms like asthma can be helped with the use of quercetin, as it helps restrict histamine from being released from the cells.*† 

Our In-House Formulator Recommendations

Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD recommends two capsules daily of Quercetin Phytosome® as a preventative supplement to support immunity. 

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Formulated by Dr. Mark Stengler NMD.

Known as America’s Natural Doctor to his patients, readers and audiences across North America, Mark Stengler is a licensed naturopathic medical doctor. His passion is to combine the best of conventional and natural medicine to achieve optimized health for his patients.  Dr. Stengler has personally formulated each of the Emerald Labs Additive-Free products according to the high standards of his health practice.   Read more about Dr. Stengler…

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR ADVICE REGARDING ANY MEDICAL CONDITION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SELF-DIAGNOSE OR TREAT ANY MEDICAL CONDITION.

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MDPI

National Library of Medicine

BMC

Sage Journals

Mount Sinai

National Library of Medicine 2

 

High Blood Pressure: What It Is and How to Lower It

If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone. It is a common condition that affects millions of people in the United States. High blood pressure can cause health problems if it is not treated, so it is important to understand what it is and how to lower it.

In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of high blood pressure, as well as some tips on how to reduce your risk of developing the condition.

 

What Is High Blood Pressure And What Are The Symptoms

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition in which the pressure of blood against vessel walls is excessive enough that it might cause health issues such as heart disease over time.*

  • Headaches

  • Breathlessness

  • and nosebleeds are all signs of high blood pressure. 

High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure if left untreated.* †

Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and is written as two numbers: systolic pressure (the top number) and diastolic pressure (the bottom number). A person is considered to have high blood pressure if either their systolic or diastolic pressure readings are 121/81 mm Hg or higher.*†

While the exact cause of hypertension is not always known, there are several factors that can contribute to its development, including obesity, stress, smoking, and excessive salt intake.*

One of the most common causes of high blood pressure is stress. When we experience stress, our bodies release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause our heart rate to increase and our blood vessels to constrict. Over time, this can lead to high blood pressure.*

Smoking is another major cause of hypertension. Cigarette smoke contains chemicals that damage the lining of blood vessels, making them more prone to narrowing and blockages. This can eventually lead to high blood pressure.*

Obesity is also a risk factor for developing high blood pressure. Fat cells release substances that can damage blood vessel walls, and carrying extra weight also puts stress on the heart.*

Excessive salt intake is another common cause of high blood pressure. Salt makes the body retain water, which can increase blood volume and lead to hypertension.*

How To Help Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

If you’re worried about your blood pressure, you should talk to your doctor. They can help you develop a plan to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.*

In addition to consulting a medical professional, there are also a few natural ways to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of developing these conditions. One way to lower your blood pressure is to eat a healthy diet. This means eating plenty of:*

  •  fruits 

  • Vegetables

  • and whole grains 

… while also limiting your intake of:

  • Sodium

  • saturated fat 

  • and added sugar. 

You should also aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. In addition, you can try relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation to help lower your blood pressure.*

Superfoods That May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Superfoods are foods that are packed with nutrients and offer health benefits. There are many different superfoods, but some of the best for lowering blood pressure include whole grains, dark leafy greens, and berries.*

  1. Whole grains are a great source of fiber, which can help to reduce cholesterol levels and promote heart health. They also contain magnesium, a mineral that helps to relax blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. 
  2. Dark leafy greens are another excellent option for lowering blood pressure. These greens are rich in nitrates, which help to widen blood vessels and improve blood flow.
  3. Berries are not only delicious, but they’re also good for your heart. They’re packed with antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to protect against heart disease.  

Ginkgo Biloba is a popular herbal remedy that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. Research suggests that ginkgo may be effective to help regulate high blood pressure. The potential benefits of ginkgo include reduced inflammation, improved blood circulation, and protection against cell damage. Lab studies show it improves blood circulation by opening up blood vessels and making blood less sticky.*†

It is important to note that ginkgo can interact with some medications, so always speak to your doctor before taking it.


European Hawthorne Berry has been used medicinally for centuries, and modern science is beginning to validate its many potential health benefits. Hawthorne berry is rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect cells from damage and reduce inflammation. Additionally, Hawthorne berry has been shown to improve heart health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.*†


Our Blood Pressure Health contains clinical amounts of both Ginko Biloba and European Hawthorne Berry shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure and circulation.* 

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Formulated by Dr. Mark Stengler NMD.

Known as America’s Natural Doctor to his patients, readers and audiences across North America, Mark Stengler is a licensed naturopathic medical doctor. His passion is to combine the best of conventional and natural medicine to achieve optimized health for his patients.  Dr. Stengler has personally formulated each of the Emerald Labs Additive-Free products according to the high standards of his health practice.   Read more about Dr. Stengler…

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR ADVICE REGARDING ANY MEDICAL CONDITION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SELF-DIAGNOSE OR TREAT ANY MEDICAL CONDITION.

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Mayo Clinic

WebMD

Healthline

Medical News Today

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