10 Best Multivitamins for Men, According to Doctors
What to take and why to take it.
Most of us are deficient in certain key nutrients, due to a variety of factors ranging from environmental to dietary. While many of us strive to get our necessary vitamins and nutrients from whole foods, it can be tricky.
“A personalized multivitamin is an effective way to get the specific nutrients you need at the appropriate levels,” explains Arielle Levitan, MD, co-founder of Vous Vitamin.
She points out that studies have shown that people who take multivitamins experience many health benefits, including lower rates of heart disease. “Also, replacing needed nutrients can be useful in building bones and muscle tone, and addressing other issues related to vitamin deficiencies, such as thinning hair, migraine and low energy,” she adds.
That being said, men and women have different nutritional needs, so choosing a gender-specific multivitamin is a great idea. Here are the 10 best multivitamins for men, according to doctors:
Pure Encapsulations, Men’s Nutrients
$54; buy now on amazon.com
“An excellent choice for men ages 40 and over, particularly those with a family history of prostate cancer or heart disease,” explains Elroy Vojdani, MD, IFMCP. This multivitamin includes a great blend of essential vitamins including A, D, E, K, and methylated B vitamins, also adding saw palmetto, lycopene and green tea extract to support prostate health. “It also includes a strong blend of plant-based antioxidants from pomegranate, grape seed extract and red wine to support healthy aging and heart health,” he adds. Lutein and zeaxanthin are also included and support eye health based on the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). A bit of maca and astragalus are included to boost energy and immune function.
Metagenics Phytomulti (with or without iron)
$46; buy now on amazon.com
“This multivitamin includes an excellent blend of the typical ingredients we look for in a multivitamin: methylated B vitamin, Vitamins A, D, E, K, and trace minerals, but adds several things to help men combat the daily stresses of modern life,” explains Dr. Vojdani. Most notably, it has a large number of concentrated phytonutrients—things like blueberry, watercress and green tea extract—which contribute to anti-aging efforts and long-term cellular health. “Most Americans don’t get enough of these phytonutrients from our diet, so I think this is an excellent daily supplement,” he adds. The only downside? The pills are large and you have to take two of them a day, which can get annoying for some.
Pure Encapsulations Athletic Nutrients
$59; buy now at pureformulas.com
“This is my go-to multivitamin for my athlete or gym rat patients,” explains Dr. Vojdani. Aside from the standard ingredients in a multivitamin, this one includes a bit of creatine and CoQ10 to support muscle endurance, carnosine and alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) to support muscle function and recovery, a strong blend of minerals to support ligament and tendon strength and high-dose grape extract, which can support physical performance in competitive settings.
Active Essential Xymogen
This product can only be purchased from registered Xymogen practitioner
According to Dr. Vojdani, this is a great product for men looking for a more comprehensive answer than can be provided by a single multivitamin. “This option is a daily packet which includes a potent multivitamin along with daily high-purity fish oil to support brain and heart health and a capsule containing Oraxinol, a proprietary blend of concentrated plant-based antioxidants—equivalent to consuming up to four and a half servings of fruit and vegetables—he explains.
Pure Encapsulations O.N.E Multivitamin
$34; buy now on amazon.com
This multivitamin contains an excellent blend of appropriate doses of all typical vitamins we want, but adds some extras—like CoQ10—which is particularly important for men who have a history of statin use, as this essential coenzyme can become depleted after long-term use, Dr. Vojdani specifies. “Pure also packs in lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin, which were shown in the AREDS trial to help combat macular degeneration,” he adds. As the name implies, you only have to take one of these capsules a day. An added bonus? Pure Encapsulations minimizes their use of fillers and never uses artificial ingredients.
USP Labs Vitamer Pro
$25; buy now on usplabsdirect.com
Dr. Mike Roussell, the co-founder of Neutein, recommends this specialty vitamin. “It doesn’t contain excessive amounts of any nutrient but includes solid doses of zinc, magnesium, and vitamin D—all key nutrients for guys,” he explains.
Garden of Life Vitamin Code for Men
$26; buy now on amazon.com
If you want all of your vitamins and minerals to be derived from food, then you should try Garden of Life’s raw whole food vitamin supplement. “There is some data that suggests synthetic vitamins may be inferior to their food based counterparts,” Dr. Roussell points out. “Some people like to get vitamins and minerals from food out of personal preference. If this is you, this is your answer.” It also contains digestive enzymes and antioxidants, which aim to optimize liver health.
Rainbow Light Men’s One Multivitamin
$34; buy now on amazon.com
One of Amazon’s most popular multivitamins for men, Rainbow Light Men’s One is all natural, allergen-free, and contains added lycopene and selenium targeted at supporting men’s health. “It also contains probiotics to support a healthy digestive tract,” Dr. Roussell points out.
One A Day Men’s Health Formula
$13; buy now on amazon.com
This multivitamin is perfect if you are on a budget. Dr. Roussell likes it because it is “a super simple, one tablet a day multivitamin aimed at meeting any nutrition deficiencies that you might run into on a day to day basis.” If you are looking for simple and easy, it will check all the boxes.
Vitafusion Men’s Gummy Vitamins
$9; buy now on amazon.com
This budget-friendly vitamin has achieved Amazon’s Choice status and is the online retailer’s best-selling men’s multivitamin. Packed with B vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, D & E plus antioxidant vitamins C & E, they contain no artificial sweeteners, no high fructose corn syrup, no synthetic dyes, no gluten, and no dairy. An added bonus? They even taste yummy.
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