Cuisine & Cultures March Womens Day special has drawn scattered

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Cuisine & Cultures March Womens Day special has drawn scattered

    Cuisine & Cultureman’s health special 4/06 Web Site: http://www.

Cuisine & Culture’s March Women’s Day special has drawn scattered comments not

    surprisingly from our male colleagues and friends expressing envy that the March

    Women’s Day special now appears to become an annual ritual. They propose, half

    heartedly and half jokingly, a man’s yearly issue on the Father’s Day. Cuisine & Culture finds the proposal both tempting and troubling. Admitting loud and clear that

    our female colleagues and friends do deserve, and rightly so, a yearly issue specially

    devoted to their health and nutritional wellbeing, Cuisine & Culture must point to its gender balanced approach to show that our male colleagues and friends are not at all

    forgotten. If anything male health and nutrition oriented contents probably take up

    more space than that devoted to their female counterparts. As a case in point one may

    merely review the January New Year’s issue.

    Without belabouring further on the issue Cuisine & Culture does wish to “mend fences” with our brothers with a special issue on important nutrients man cannot afford to go without.

    Nutrients Crucial for Male

    Men and women understandably vary in their nutritional requirements. A man needs much

    more nutritional intake than his female counterpart for the obvious reasons of bigger size,

    more muscles, and quicker metabolism.

In addition, more prone than their female counterparts to such predispositions as high

    cholesterol level, hyper blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, colon and prostate

    cancers, and gall and kidney stones, etc, men depend far more on the following vitamins and

    minerals for preventing and treating the aforesaid killers striking men more frequently than


Cuisine & Culture wishes now to present these vitamins and minerals in their alphabetic



    Crucial to the maintenance of vigour this mineral works to reduce both fat and cholesterol

    level and increase stamina and muscle strength. A man of active life normally requires 100 to

    200 milligrams of chromium a day which amount however is hard to come by from the intake

    of daily diet. The best source therefore is from a mineral compound supplement tablet with

    strong chromium content.


    Strictly speaking fibre cannot be counted as a nutritional element. It merely travels through a

    human body without being absorbed. Regular intake of fibre in large quantity, however, works to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. Diet rich in fibre is widely known to minimize chances of men falling victim to colon cancer which ranks Number 3 among the

    carcinomas most commonly striking men. Fibre works also to control blood content of a

    diabetic patient while reducing fat. Ideal daily intake of fibre for a man should be between 18 and 35 grams. Two medium sized apples contain approximately 14 grams of fibre which also comes from whole wheat bread, oak meal, pear, strawberry, broccoli, celery, carrot, etc.


    Magnesium performs an important role of regulating rate of the heart beat. Results of

    research studies indicate regular consumption of a normal amount of magnesium yields such advantages as reduced incidence of heard disease, lower blood pressure, invigorated

    reproductive power, for magnesium works to invigorate sperms. A large bowl of oak meal

    with a glass of milk plus a banana provides you with 2/3 of the required daily magnesium intake. Other magnesium rich food stuff includes beans, nuts, seafood and green vegetables.

Vitamin A

    Vitamin A reinforces immune system working thereby against cancer. Vitamin A works also to protect eyesight in a big way. A man’s ideal daily Vitamin A consumption is about 1000 milligrams and half a bowl of steamed carrot provides four times of that. Other food stuff rich

    in Vitamin A includes dairy products, fish, liver, apricot, tomato, which form normal daily

    diet providing sufficient Vitamin A. There is no need therefore for additional Vitamin A supplement.

Vitamin B6

    Like its Vitamin A brother Vitamin B6 beefs up immune system. It helps prevent skin and

    bladder/urinary cancers and kidney stones. It helps too in treating insomnia. Two milligrams

of Vitamin B6 which two bananas provide is the ideal amount you need daily. Chicken, fish,

    liver, potato, pear and sunflower seeds, etc are other Vitamin B6 rich food items. A word of caution from doctors though who advise against over dose of Vitamin B6 which could be toxic. Daily intake should never exceed 50 milligrams.

Vitamin C

    Much like its Vitamin A and Vitamin B6 family members Vitamin C too works to strengthen immune system, prevent cancer, and reduce incidence of heart disease. It also helps protect

    teeth, prevent cataract, expedite healing of wound, and allay asthma. Sufficient intake of

    Vitamin C also plays an anti-aging role. Orange, broccoli, green pepper, grape fruit etc are

    common Vitamin C rich items. Regular consumption of Vitamin C supplement of an appropriate amount does no harm either.

Vitamin E

    Here comes the last member of the Vitamin family men need most which studies show

    reduces cholesterol and prevents gathering of blood platelet in arteries, builds up immune

    system, and cleanses impurities off the body. Hard nuts such as apricot kernel/almond, peanut

    and walnut are Vitamin E rich items which however are not part of common daily diet which

    therefore does not provide sufficient Vitamin E. Fortunately though Vitamin E tablet is a relatively safe supplement. A daily intake of approximately 250 milligrams is considered



    Water figures most prominently among all the nutritional elements for men who’re more

    muscular than their female counterparts. Water supplies various minerals required by human

    bodies while lubricating joints and regulating body temperature. Water means life and this is an understatement. Because of their greater muscle composition of their bodies (man 40%

    versus woman 23%) men need more water, at least two litres a day. For a sports lover

    maintaining active daily exercises the required amount should double.


    Sufficient daily intake of Zinc works as well as Vigara for men. Zinc works to maintain healthy male sexual functions and reproductive power. Doctors are known to make zinc part

    of therapy for impotence. In addition, zinc functions well in healing the wounds and fighting

    diseases. Ideal daily intake for men is recommended at 15 milligrams. Zinc rich items include shelled sea food, turkey, beans, oat meal and beef. A 110 gram piece of lean beef provides 2/3

    of daily zinc requirement.

    Cuisine & Culture sources its materials online through a variety of

    sites and channels, which, for reason of simplicity, are omitted but can be provided

    upon request. Certain materials come in languages other than English which Cuisine &Culture renders into English to the best of its ability. Cuisine & Culture is not in a position to verify the accuracy of the materials obtained online and provided herein.

    Reader’s discretion is kindly advised.

    A Special Acknowledgement of Thanks from Cuisine & Culture

Cuisine & Culture wishes to express its heartfelt thanks to Kevin Wambura of the

    ITS team here in Nairobi and Yawtsong Lee, a veteran interpreter in New York for

    their technical advice and assistance and is hereby extremely pleased to retain them

    as Technical Advisors to Cuisine & Culture.

Cuisine & Culture

    Weihua Tang/Editor



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