Which superfoods are the best for men: vitamins, energy and much more
For most guys, it's all about the "macros." How much protein should I eat? How many carbs? Should I go keto?”
Unfortunately, while all this focus on macronutrients may be important for developing the perfect "beach body," it misses something absolutely crucial for long-term health: micronutrients.
Your body needs micronutrients like these to support healthy blood flow, make your muscles contract, and keep your body functioning at a high level. But there's good news… Because there's actually an easy way for men (and women) to start getting more of these critical micronutrients into their routine without dramatically changing their diets: superfoods.
What are superfoods?
Superfoods are powerful plants that are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (compounds that can protect your body against dangerous molecules called free radicals).
Amongst these superfoods, you can count the amla berry, a fruit with one of the highest level of antioxidants found in any whole food, acerola cherries, with 30 times more vitamin C than oranges, açai berries and their high content in vitamins A, C and E…
By consuming more superfoods in your diet, you can actually support your body with the micronutrients it needs to thrive. And while many people resort to pills with isolated active ingredients (such as vitamin C tablets), natural ingredients and whole foods are assimilated better by the body.
And when you do that, you can experience pretty powerful results — like more energy, a stronger-feeling body, more comfortable digestion, and even a healthier sex drive. Let’s have a look at all the effects it could have on you.
How can superfoods support your performances?
1. Superfoods for sport
Are plant-based protein sources as good as animal protein? The answer is YES!
Not only do plant-based protein powders contain all 9 essential amino acids, they’re also usually better digested by the body. Whey protein can cause allergic reactions and digestive issues in those ingesting it regularly, you may even know one of your fiend complaining from belly ache fairly regularly after his protein shake.
On the other hand, studies have shown that pea protein, on top of being easily digestible, actually supports body performance and muscle growth after training.
2. Superfoods to boost energy + focus
Like guarana, some superfoods are great for improving energy and focus. Matcha green tea, for example, has been used for thousands of years to provide a clean, natural source of steady energy and focus.
And unlike normal green teas, matcha can contain up to 137 times more EGCG — a powerful compound that acts like an antioxidant to help protect your cells from damaging free radicals.
It truly is one of the world's most powerful superfoods (and may also be a big reason why the Japanese, who drink lots of green tea, are among the longest-living people on the planet).
- Nutrient-dense and a good source of vitamin C, iron, and copper
- May increase libido and support male fertility
- Can help boost athletic performance and energy for better workouts
- Helpful for boosting mood
- May even help support healthy brain function and focus
Try Power Matcha from Your Super for a high-quality source of matcha combined with 4 other powerful superfoods, including maca and moringa.
3. Superfoods to build strong bodies
Yes, macronutrients like carbs and proteins are essential for building strong bodies. But some superfoods are perfect for supporting athletic performance. Maca, a root grown at altitude in the Andes Mountains of South America, has been shown in studies to help improve athletic performance. In one study, 8 cyclists were able to decrease the time it took them to complete a 40km bicycle ride after just 2 weeks of using maca!
And guarana, a Brazilian plant native to the Amazon and a natural source of caffeine, can help reduce fatigue and boost energy — essential for making gains and improving your workouts. Its high content in tannins allows your body to absorb the caffeine more slowly in the blood, which balances blood sugar and energy levels, but most importantly prevents sudden energy crashes.
You can find both of these superfoods in Energy Bomb, a pre-workout drink mix from Your Super.
4. Superfoods support gut health + digestion
Your gut is home to trillions (yes, trillions) of bacteria that help regulate everything from your digestion to your energy levels and even your mood. We've now learned that there's one particular type of food that's essential for feeding your beneficial gut bacteria so you can experience better digestion and long-lasting energy.
It's called a prebiotic and it's a type of fibre that acts as fuel for healthy gut bacteria. So be sure to get more prebiotics into your diet in the form of foods like garlic, asparagus, and Jerusalem artichoke.
For an easy way to fit more prebiotics into your routine, try the Gut Feeling Mix from Your Super. It contains Jerusalem artichoke and can simply be mixed with water for a healthy drink first thing in the morning.
5. Superfoods may support libido + fertility
By now, you know how beneficial maca is for energy and athletic performance. But studies also show that maca can also help increase libido in both men and women, and new research indicates it may even support male fertility as well. No wonder maca has been nicknamed the “King of Superfoods” for men!