Herbs and Supplements to Support Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health Month! While many men turn to pharmacology to treat enlarged prostate and other issues of aging, men’s health can benefit significantly from various herbs and supplements. At Nature’s pHarmacy®, we support the use of natural ingredients to support physical performance, hormone balance, cardiovascular health, and overall vitality. To understand more about Dr. Jaffe’s philosophy about addressing men’s health issues in clinical practice, listen to this 35-minute podcast conversation he had with Karolyn Gazella from the Natural Medicine Journal.

Here are some of the best herbs and supplements known for their benefits to men’s health:

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is the most extensively studied herb for prostate function. It supports prostate health and urinary function and helps reduce symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), such as frequent urination and difficulty starting urination. It is believed to work by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Elevated DHT levels are associated with prostate enlargement. Saw palmetto also has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce swelling and inflammation in the urinary tract. Fun fact: Saw palmetto is sometimes used as a natural remedy for hair loss, particularly male pattern baldness, which is linked to high levels of DHT.

Pygeum (Pygeum africanum), also known as African plum, is an herbal remedy derived from the bark of the African cherry tree. It has been traditionally used in African medicine, and has more recently gained popularity in Western countries, for the treatment of urinary and prostate problems. Pygeum contains compounds like phytosterols (e.g., beta-sitosterol), ferulic acid esters, and triterpenes, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-androgenic effects. These compounds help reduce swelling and block the production of substances that lead to prostate enlargement. Fun Fact: Studies suggest that pygeum might improve sexual function by reducing prostate-related discomfort and enhancing overall well-being.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant belonging to the carotenoid family. Studies suggest that lycopene may help protect prostate cells from oxidative damage, inhibit cancer cell growth, and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. The antioxidant properties of lycopene neutralize free radicals, reducing the oxidative stress and inflammation that are linked to cancer development. Lycopene may also interfere with the pathways involved in tumor growth and progression. Other benefits of lycopene include lowering of LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and decreasing inflammation. Fun fact: Lycopene can help protect the skin from damage caused by UV radiation and may improve skin texture and elasticity.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioca) root is commonly used to manage symptoms of BPH. Nettle root can help reduce the size of the prostate and improve urinary flow. It contains compounds that can inhibit the activity of enzymes involved in prostate growth, such as 5-alpha-reductase and aromatase. These enzymes convert testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrogen, respectively, both of which can contribute to prostate enlargement. The anti-inflammatory effects of stinging nettle help reduce inflammation in the urinary tract, providing relief from irritation and discomfort. Fun Fact: Stinging nettle also contains bioactive compounds like Vitamin C, flavonoids and phenolic acids that have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats that play a crucial role in overall health and well-being. They are particularly important for men’s health due to their wide-ranging benefits, from cardiovascular support to mental health. They can reduce triglyceride levels, blood pressure, inflammation, LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and platelet “stickiness,” while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk of heart attaches and strokes. Omega-3 fatty acids can also reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and may improve cognitive function and memory. Omega 3s also play a role in reducing inflammation, maintaining joint and eye health, and enhancing protein synthesis, which is important for maintaining muscle mass, especially as men age. Some studies also suggest that omega-3s might help lower the risk of prostate cancer Fun fact: Omega-3s can help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation after exercise, supporting faster recovery and better overall performance.

Zinc is an essential trace mineral crucial for numerous bodily functions, and its importance in men’s health cannot be overstated. Adequate zinc levels are essential for the normal function and growth of prostate cells. Low levels of zinc have been associated with an increased risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer. Research has also shown that zinc supplementation can be beneficial for improving immune function, mood and cognitive funcion, testosterone levels, and skin health. Zinc acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals and reducing inflammation. Fun fact: Zinc is essential for spermatogenesis (sperm production) and can improve sperm count, motility, and overall fertility.

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that plays a critical role in various bodily functions, including antioxidant defense, thyroid function, and immune support. It is particularly important for men’s health due to its impact on reproductive health, cancer prevention, and overall well-being. Selenium is vital for testosterone production as well as spermatogenesis (the production of sperm), and improved sperm motility, sperm count, and overall fertility. Selenium has been studied for its potential role in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. It functions as an antioxidant, protecting prostate cells from oxidative damage and supporting DNA repair. Fun fact: Selenium may help in managing cholesterol levels and preventing the buildup of plaque in arteries.

Ask your healthcare practitioner about PERQUE Prost8 Vitality Guard™, an essential supplement for any man over age 40. This formula, containing all of the herbs and nutrients described above, provides potent, natural support for prostate function.* This hypoallergenic formula provides prostate-nourishing compounds in their most active, beneficial forms.

These additional herbs and supplements have also shown to be helpful in supporting men’s health:

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a powerful adaptogenic herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. It helps reduce stress and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels, promoting a sense of well-being. Ashwagandha supports testosterone production and enhances fertility by improving sperm quality and count. Additionally, it boosts energy and endurance, aiding in physical performance and muscle strength. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties further support overall health, making ashwagandha a valuable supplement for enhancing men’s vitality and resilience. Fun fact: “Ashwa” means horse and “Gandha” means smell in Sanskrit. The name Ashwagandha reflects both its distinct horse-like smell, and its traditional use to enhance vitality and strength (like a horse).

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a versatile herb with a long history of use in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. It offers various benefits for men’s health, primarily in supporting hormonal balance and sexual health. Fenugreek seeds are rich in compounds like saponins and diosgenin, which have been shown to enhance testosterone production, libido, and sperm quality. Additionally, fenugreek may help improve blood sugar control, which is beneficial for overall health and vitality. Fun fact: fenugreek was mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts for its various medicinal properties and was believed to have mystical powers.

Panax ginseng, also known as Korean ginseng, is a renowned adaptogenic herb with a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine. It offers several benefits for men’s health, primarily by enhancing vitality, stamina, and cognitive function. Panax ginseng is known for its ability to reduce stress, boost energy levels, and improve mental clarity, making it particularly beneficial for men experiencing fatigue or mental fog. Additionally, it supports sexual health by increasing libido and improving erectile function. Fun fact: Panax ginseng is known as the “King of Herbs” or “Root of Immortality” in traditional Chinese medicine.

Vitamin D. Primarily known for its role in calcium absorption and bone health, vitamin D also supports testosterone levels, immune function, and overall well-being. While sunlight exposure is a primary source of vitamin D, supplementation may be necessary, especially for individuals with limited sun exposure or certain health conditions. Incorporating vitamin D-rich foods or supplements into the diet can help ensure optimal levels and support men’s overall health and vitality. Ask your healthcare practitioner about PERQUE D3 Cell Guard™. Fun fact: ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from sunlight triggers the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including those responsible for muscle and nerve function, energy production, and protein synthesis. Magnesium is particularly beneficial for men’s health due to its ability to support testosterone levels, muscle function, and cardiovascular health. Adequate magnesium intake has been associated with improved testosterone production, which is essential for male reproductive health, libido, and muscle mass maintenance. Additionally, magnesium helps regulate blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and support heart health, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Ask your healthcare practitioner about PERQUE Mg Plus Guard™. Fun fact: Magnesium is often referred to as “nature’s relaxation mineral” due to its role in promoting relaxation and stress reduction.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful antioxidant and essential compound that plays a crucial role in cellular energy production. CoQ10 levels naturally decline with age, making supplementation particularly beneficial for older men. CoQ10 helps maintain cardiovascular health by reducing oxidative stress, improving blood flow, and supporting heart muscle function. Additionally, CoQ10 supports energy production in cells, which is essential for optimal physical performance and muscle function. Ask your healthcare practitioner about PERQUE Mito Guard 100 Plus™ Fun fact:CoQ10 has been dubbed a “youth molecule” due to its potential anti-aging effects. Some studies suggest that CoQ10 supplementation may improve skin health, reduce wrinkles, and promote a more youthful appearance.

Green tea, derived from the Camellia sinensis plant supports men’s health in several ways. Its antioxidant properties help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, which are linked to various chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Green tea also promotes cardiovascular health by lowering LDL cholesterol levels and improving blood vessel function. It contains caffeine and L-theanine, a unique amino acid that promotes relaxation and mental alertness. This combination of caffeine and L-theanine has been shown to improve cognitive function, enhance mood, and increase focus and concentration. Regular consumption of green tea has also been associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer and may support weight management and metabolic health. Whether enjoyed as a hot beverage or taken as a supplement, green tea is a valuable addition to men’s health regimens. Fun fact: Green tea contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and UV radiation, when applied topically.


All of these herbs and supplements may be beneficial in supporting various aspects of men’s health as you age. When considering supplements, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider, particularly if you have existing health conditions or are taking other medications. They can help determine the appropriate dosages and combinations suitable for your specific needs.


* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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