Health Benefits of Men's Daily Multivitamin

By Arthur Kavanaugh


Guys, what's your viewpoint on men's multi-vitamin supplements? Good, bad or useless? Many males are examining their daily practice of supplementing with a men's multivitamin due to the study that appeared in "Journal of the North American Medical Association".

Called "Physicians' Health Study II", male individuals were given either a multi-vitamin or placebo and monitored from 1997-2011. Investigators found that men who received multi-vitamins were as susceptible to heart problems as the group who took placebos.

The object of the trial study was to collect evidence on whether or not a men's multi-vitamin reduced the risk of "site-specific cancer incidence or mortality". The doctors who took part in the study 1) ate balanced diets 2) body mass indexes were low 3) exercised often 4) took baby aspirin daily.

Or, as Duffy MacKay VP Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition summed it up, "The irrefutable fact that the participants were already engaging in these healthy behaviours would have made it extra difficult for a multi-vitamin to meaningfully contribute toward reducing any significant danger of coronary disease. "

However , the researchers reported an 8% reduced risk on all cancer types for study individuals who took a men's multi-vitamin. The study focused only on linking men's multivitamins with reducing risks of cancer. Though discoveries show vitamins do not "meaningfully" contribute to reducing hazards of heart problems, it didn't address the crucial reason for supplementing with multiple vitamins.

Basically, vitamins take up the slack caused by nutritional deficiencies. Did you know that an insufficiency in one vitamin can endanger your total body?

It is possible you eat the "right" foods as a part of a well-balanced diet. If that is so it's possible you get all the vitamins you require. Maybe but not probable, as most people eat out regularly eat ready-made foods and snack on junk foods. Very few people have the time or drive to watch every mouthful they eat!

What about Enriched Foods?

Do you actually know what enrichment of foods actually means? It means some nutrients are put back into the processed food that were removed through processing! But , not especially well. Take white flour as an example. Of 22 natural nutriments that were removed because of heat, storage, etc. "enrichment" replaces them with vitamin D, 3 of the B vitamins, calcium and iron salts. You do the sums!

Any Guidelines for the Best Multivitamins for Men?

To avoid vitamin toxicity, never supplement with over 100% of daily recommended requirements of any single vitamin. Your multi should not contain iron. Men only need about 8 mg iron and generally get enough from eating meat.

If you're employed in an office, you may not get sufficient daylight; make sure you get 1,000 IU vitamin D every day. For a healthy heart, men need 400 mcg (micrograms) of folate daily. For brain health, the suggested quantity of B12 is 2.4 mcg. For vision and to support your immune system, 3,000 IU of Vitamin A is advised. Men need 90 mg of the antioxidising agent Vitamin C daily.

These are bare bones of contents in the best multivitamins for men. The final word is: in spite of studies, most males will benefit from a men's multivitamin.




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