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November is prostate cancer awareness month. We know it’s that time of year when co-workers and friends start growing that moustache! Initiatives like Movember, and shifts in the culture of our society encourage men to pay attention to health and adopt preventative health practices.  Traditionally, men ignore health issues until too serious or bothersome. A powerful motivator is the ability to perform at the highest possible level, in whatever area.  What are some basic things men can do to maximize performance, improve energy, maintain focus, and improve overall health? Here are some simple naturopathic tips.


Pomegranate and beet juice

Cardiovascular disease is public enemy number one because it’s the leading cause of death among men. Pomegranate and beet juice are the ultimate duo to improve blood flow and heart health. There been a number of published studies showing that pomegranate and beet juice can lower blood pressure, increase exercise stamina and improve erectile dysfunction. Both these juices (taken together or separately) are a man’s secret weapons for optimal performance in the gym and in the bedroom.



Cooked tomatoes contain a powerful anti-cancer nutrient called lycopene. Studies have found that it inhibits cancer cells in the prostate. Its can also improve overall prostate health by reducing PSA (a marker of prostate health) and abnormal prostate enlargement. It’s important to note that the highest amounts are found in cooked tomatoes rather than the fresh fruit.


Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a super food for men. They are packed with essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, magnesium and zinc. Additionally they contain phytosterols that can lower cholesterol and reduce symptoms of prostate enlargement like frequent and nighttime urination. They also a good source of protein for muscle recovery plus they contain the amino acid L-tryptophan which helps promote good sleep and relaxation. They are great snack option for men on the go.



Ok, it’s not a food, but if it were a pill, every doctor would prescribe it!  The benefits of exercise cannot be underestimated. It can strengthen cardiovascular function, prevent adult onset diabetes, improve bone health, lower cancer risk, ease depression, reduce inflammation, help maintain a health weight and help you live longer!  

There are many other treatment options for men’s health concerns, including herbs, acupuncture, nutrients, homeopathics, and of course diet and lifestyle adjustments. Naturopathic medicine will help you develop a personalized performance health plan.  Don’t suffer in silence – seek support to live the best life you can, and to be healthy for years to come!!

Dr. Clare Craig, ND, CD(DONA)
Naturopathic Doctor, Doula
Island Optimal Health & Performance


Island Optimal Health & Performance
#103-1808 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC   V9S 5W4


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