Your drugstore or supplement shop has no shortage of multivitamins — but picking any old one off the shelf likely won't land you the best multivitamin for men. Throw in that fact that no two bodies are the same, and some research becomes even more essential. To help you make an informed purchase, Mic got in touch with Dr. Mike Hart, M.D., an Ontario-based physician, and Amanda A. Kostro Miller, RD/LDN, a Chicago-based registered dietitian who serves on the advisory board for Fitter Living.
"Multivitamins (MVIs) are designed to offer a wide range of micro-nutrients to complement an overall healthy diet," writes Kostro Miller. "You can find all sorts of MVIs that cater to certain ages, life stages, and [other factors], and this can be helpful. Above all, make sure you talk to your doctor before choosing an MVI, because there may be certain instances where taking an MVI can lead to toxicity in some people (dependent on other supplements/medications you take)."
Also, remember that a multivitamin isn't a cure-all. "It is important that you do not take a MVI to substitute a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, veggies, lean proteins, legumes and whole grains," Kostro Miller adds. Instead, think of a multivitamin as something that will help you fill in gaps that might arise. And very importantly, take your lifestyle into consideration. For example, "bodybuilders may sweat more, requiring more zinc and magnesium, minerals lost in sweat. Plus they want high vitamin D and zinc to keep their testosterone levels high," notes Dr. Hart.
With the guidance of these experts in mind, here are some of the best men's supplements on Amazon.
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