Ingredients for the Aging Man

Supplement and functional food manufacturers that offer research-backed ingredients targeted at the aging male population will not only have successful sales, but can also help increase men's quality of life and longevity.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

May 2, 2014

1 Min Read
Ingredients for the Aging Man

Starting at 40, men are more likely to enter andropause, aka male menopause, a time of lower libido, energy and muscle growth. Andropause is associated with physiological and psychological symptoms due to subnormal levels of testosterone, including reduced ability to play sports, fatigue, anger, hot flushes, decrease in muscle strength, sweating, loss of height and decreased libido.

Unlike female menopause, which is a universal process associated with aging, not all men become testosterone deficient as they grow older. However, as men age, they become increasingly likely to have conditions, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), depression, osteoporosis and diabetes, that often accompany decreased testosterone levels.

However, research has shown specific nutrients can help men reduce their risk of andropause, hypogonadism and prostate cancer, and help reduce the symptoms related to each ailment.

For instance, Eurycoma longifolia, aka tongkat ali, has been shown to help testosterone levels in men with hypogonadism and Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) extract assists to maintain normal healthy testosterone levels, according research. Other botanicals such as Coleus forskohlii and ginger also play a role in aiding in male testosterone production. Vitamin D and the minerals magnesium, zinc and boron have also been shown to increase testosterone levels

Botanicals, vitamins and minerals can also help aid men maintain a healthy prostate, and many research studies have shown their effects. For instance, lycopene, the primary red carotenoid in tomatoes, reduce the risk of prostate cancer, according to several meta analyses. Saw palmetto, curcumin, grape seed extract and pumpkin seed also have research backing in this area.

Learn more about ingredients that natural product manufacturers can choose to create efficacious men's support products in INSIDER's Report, "Addressing Andropause."

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


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  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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