As physicians we are often asked what are the best vitamins for men to take both in general and to regulate stress levels. As with many things the answer is not cut and dry. However, we are here to help!
It turns out that each man has different vitamin needs based on his individual diet, lifestyle and health concerns. We are not all the same. It would not make sense that we would all need to take the same exact vitamins. For example, the voracious carnivore may not need any supplemental iron in a custom multivitamin while the vegan may benefit from some additional daily iron.
A man’s lifestyle can also help determine his vitamins needs. Someone who exercises frequently may benefit from certain key vitamins that support muscle health and recovery such as magnesium and vitamin D and certain key vitamins.
Each stage of life can create different vitamin needs. Younger men may need more focus on immunity, muscle strength and stamina, while aging men may need to focus more on heart and prostate health. Thinning hair is a concern for some men but not all.
Health concerns are also important when trying to figure out the best vitamins for men. These can include thinning hair, vitamins for memory and stress as well as other physical concerns such as migraines, fatigue and GI symptoms. The right combination of vitamins can be helpful in alleviate some symptoms of stress. Vitamins can also be used to help with symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.
Yet which vitamins and in which doses? This is the question and it truly takes a trained medical professional to help sort through all of the information and hard scientific data to know which vitamins to take and how much. Believe it or not taking the wrong vitamins can in fact be harmful and cause problems with your health.
One way to help determine the vitamins men should take it to take an online vitamin quiz that is created by doctors. Answering questions about your diet, lifestyle and health concerns can help give input that determines a custom multivitamin that will meet your individual needs.
In addition to getting the correct individual nutrients in the proper and medically sound doses, it is important to get high quality, pure products. The vitamin industry is largely unregulated and analyses have shown many unsure and unsafe products being sold, even at reputable retailers. Thus it is very important to get products that have independent verification seals such as USP or GMP certifications. In addition, having physician oversight in the formulation of the products is advisable.
So how do you get a custom multivitamin to meet your needs? Take a online vitamin survey to obtain an all in one daily vitamin that has the nutrients that best suit you as an individual. Repleting your individual nutrient short comings is the best way to feel your best. This can help with regulation of stress levels, low energy and more.
Recognizing that we are all individuals with varied nutritional needs is an important step in determining what are the best vitamins for men to take. Your age, health concerns and lifestyle are essential facts that help determine, with a physicians guidance what vitamins to take to feel your best and find your best health.
Arielle Levitan M.D.
Co-founder Vous Vitamin LLC
Author of The Vitamin Solution:Two Doctors Clear the Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health