A few years ago, the Harvard Men’s Health Watch said, for the first time, that most (healthy) men don’t need to take a multivitamin because of studies that found a link between folic acid, found in most multivitamins, to colon cancer.
But, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, men have deficits in nearly every nutritional category.; the only exception is meat and beans.
So what does that mean if you’re looking for the best men’s multivitamin?
Well, since then, companies have adjusted, folic acid may help prevent Alzheimer’s and I haven’t heard of any more evidence of the cancer problem.
Not surprisingly, men’s multivitimans sales have continued to increase as people become more health conscious and understand the value of the vitamins.
But, when you’re looking for a multivitamin, you’ll find you’re bombarded with so many choices and so many prices that it’s hard to know what’s right for you.
I’ve been taking mulitvitamins for decades and have tried just about everything and read a lot about them over the years to make sure I was always doing the best thing for my body and want to share what I’ve discovered with you.
I’ve seen so many people just pick the vitamin that’s most expensive figuring if it cost a lot it must be good; truthfully this isn’t really a reliable indicator.
I’ve also seen a lot of people pick the cheapest vitamin figuring their just vitamins so the must all be the same; another mistake.
The real truth is that the source of the ingredients, purity, strength, accuracy, manufacturing practices, etc. all have an impact of the quality of the product and how well it actually works; 2 vitamins with the exact same vitamins and minerals in the exact same quantities won’t necessarily have even close to the same results.
My favorite book on the subject is Health Professional’s Guide to Popular Dietary Supplements, 3rd Edition; it’s a bit dry but the information there is top notch.
Up&Up Men’s Daily Multivitamin
One of the best men’s multivitamins, and ConsumerSearch.com agrees with this, is Target’s store brand, Up&Up Men’s Daily Multivitamin, contains no iron and, surprisingly is the only men’s multivitamin that didn’t need to exceed the UL for any nutrient to pass ConsumerLab.com’s latest tests.
It, in fact, contains exactly what it says on the label — you’d be surprised at how many don’t, and dissolves and is absorbed well by the body and, is less expensive than most of its competitors.
This should be at the top of the list of your vitamin choices.
GNC Mega Men Multivitamin
Another really good men’s multivitamin is the pricier GNC Mega Men Multivitamin; it also has no iron and has 100% (or more) of most of the recommended nutrients; it is light on calcium and magnesium though.
It also has what GNC calls an “antioxidant fruit and vegetable blend,” which consists of broccoli, spinach, apple, kale and other fruit powders.
The truth is there is absolutely no evidence that this is a good thing, then again it certainly won’t hurt you and, who knows, it may help.
Please note, if you’re a vegetarian, then this isn’t for you because GNC Mega Men’s multivitamin does have some fish ingredients.
One concern about GNC Mega Men’s multivitamin it that it contains more than the limit for niacin (vitamin B3); a study by the University of Maryland Medical Center showed that some people flushing or tingling of the face with high levels of niacin.
Then again, over half of the top multivitamins not only had excess niacin but had more than they said they did on the label; remember what I said about the importance of the manufacturing process!
One-A-Day Men’s Health Formula
If you just want a men’s vitamin that can be picked up at almost any grocery store then One-A-Day’s Men’s Health Formula is just what you want. It’s not as expensive as GNC and doesn’t have iron either although it doesn’t provide 100% of vitamin E, vitamin K, biotin, calcium and magnesium; it does have the new higher recommended amount of vitamin D which many do not.
One negative in some people’s minds if that Bayer, the manufacturer of One-A-Day vitamins was sued by the prestigious Center for Science in the Public Interest because of prostate benefits health claims Bayer made for One-A-Day Men’s Health Formula; in late 2010, Bayer paid $3,300,000 and dropped the prostate cancer.
One-A-Day Men’s Health Formula is also not suitable for vegetarians because it has gelatin in it.
New Chapter Organics Every Man’s One Daily
If you’re looking for a great all-natural vitamin, one that doesn’t have artificial colors, sweeteners and dyes, and that is suitable for vegetarians then New Chapter Organics Every Man’s One Daily is what you want.
It has 100% of the recommended daily amount of most vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, E, B1, and B6, and selenium and zinc; but it is also lacking in calcium and magnesium.
However, Better Nutrition Magazine named New Chapter Organics Every Man’s One Daily one of the best supplements of 2010 and, to quote them is “packed with organic ingredients from superfoods, including nutrient-rich broccoli and kale, these one-a-day formulas are perfect as the foundation of a healthy nutrition program.”
It is a bit pricey, as are all natural and organic things, but it doesn’t taste bad like many vitamins and people say it’s easy on tender stomachs.
One thing to make sure you check for is the daily dosage. some multivitamins have smaller amount of each vitamin per pill forcing you to take more each day and buy more vitamins more frequently.
Be sure that whatever multivitamin you take has all the vitamins you need, you can check the U.S., Food and Drug Administration chart if you’re not sure what the latest government recommendations are; they also have a nice explanation on how to understand the labels on vitamins and other foods.
When you take a good daily, multivitamin, you don’t have to worry about getting all the vitamins you need from your food. While it is best to get it from your food it is better the get what you need whether it comes from a pill or not.
You’ll be healthier, longer and the cost in vitamins will be much less than if you have to pay hospital bills if you have later health problems.