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Best Supplements for Men's Health, Strength, and Virility: A Concise, Scientific Guide to Maintaining Youth, Vigor, and Manhood Paperback – October 12, 2014
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A great virtue of this book is that it is suitable, indeed perfect, for the man who is already active and fit and wants to improve fitness and overall health through supplementation . This is in profound contrast to the prevailing perspective of obesity management medicine which assumes you're deficient in certain vitamins or minerals from missing some veggie servings due to years of engulfing vast quantities of fried carbohydrate and saturated fat laden sugar encrusted fast food ... and so just take a multi-vitamin and that's cool.
I've taken vitamins and supplements for 20 years and Mangan's effort has caused me to rethink and retool my supplementation and diet substantially and to great effect. I wish I had read this 20 years ago when I was at my biological peak.
I especially like the section on the benefits of short high intensity exercise. I do not want to spend a lot of time every day exercising and Mangan shows that intense short bouts of exercise work just fine with great benefit. His advice is easier to follow than that of marathon running advocates and as Mangan points out long distance running is probably harmful. Strength training is better.
Since I'm pretty widely read on nutrition, aging, and health I can say that his recommendations seem reasonable in light of what else I've read. I'm not ready to take aromatase inhibitors to boost testosterone. So he goes further than I'd go on a couple of recommendations. But for someone more eager to build up major muscle mass his recommendations on testosterone and creatine are worth consideration.
Mangan writes well and the spelling, syntax, and prose are excellent, well above the typical self-published fare. Got bad health practices? Want to improve? Read Mangan.
I would like to see this book revised in the future with new sections on curcumin and alpha lipoic acid. I'm also not sure this is Mangan's cup of tea, but based on my research and personal experience it seems that liver tabs are another supplement most men should consider.
I highly recommend this book for ALL men, and I further recommend that people routinely read his Rogue Health and Fitness blog.