Many of the favorite foods among men are not necessarily the best and most are recommended for good health. A healthy diet combined with regular physical activity can help men prevent heart disease and cancer, which are – respectively – the number 1 and number 2 causes of death for men over 35.

Although anyone (or all of the foods listed below) can’t guarantee a good health on their own, consuming quality nutrients are important for maintaining a healthy immune function and preventing bone loss, muscle loss, and oxidative damage. Please find below a list of 10 recommended foods that can help to improve male health.

  1. Oysters – oysters can deliver a full day’s supply of zinc, which may protect against causes of prostate cancer and increase sperm count.
  2. Fatty fish – Polyunsaturated fats can benefit the heart, circulation, and immune system and reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
  3. Plant stanols – stanols are naturally occurring substances in fruits and vegetables that have been shown to lower mildly elevated blood cholesterol levels.
  4. Whole grains – a diet rich in whole grains can help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and are also good for prostate and muscle health.
  5. Bananas – bananas are a great source of quick energy, potassium and vitamin B6. Eating bananas can aid your immune system, nervous system, and assist with protein metabolism.
  6. Broccoli – cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are helpful in the prevention of heart disease and cancer.  If you simply can’t stand broccoli, you can try other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, bok choy, garden cress, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts.
  7. Berries or cherries – adding berries to your diet may help slow a decline in brain function that can occur with aging.
  8. Soybeans – soy is rich in isoflavones, which protect prostate health and have been shown to lower the risk of prostate cancer.
  9. Brazil nuts – these nuts are packed with antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease, cancer and protect prostate health.
  10. Red/orange vegetables – nutrients from red bell peppers, carrots, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes help preserve healthy skin cells and prevent oxidation from the sun.