What is the best multivitamin for men to take?

Hello community,

I am banging my head against the wall trying to figure out which men's multivitamin is the best for me to take. The more research I do , the more complicated things get. I read that multivitamins in pill form are the worst because of extremely low absorption rates (As low as 10%). Do capsules offer a high enough absorption rate or should I go with a liquid or spray? Spray multivitamins seem to be all the rage right now claiming an absorption rate of 90% and higher.

The next problem is finding something with natural ingredients. I keep hearing about how synthetic vitamins can cause more harm to your body than good. One article said that natural vitamin A fights cancer while synthetic vitamin A isn't even suitable for a dog. To complicate things further, there are 20 other similar factors that make finding the best multivitamin very difficult.

How do I tell if all the ingredients are in natural form? I just want to make sure that I am taking something that is healthy and good for my body. Does anyone have a good multivitamin recommendation for men (age 32)?

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usana20152 years ago

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ChippMarshal (author) 3 years ago

Thanks for the replies everyone. My doctor was the one that recommended that I start taking a multivitamin. I have been reading and researching everything I could find to figure out which multi has the best quality ingredients, potency, absorption, bio-availability and the gazillion other factors one needs to consider when selecting a vitamin (Ignorance truly is bliss).

I settled on a liquid supplement by a reputable company. In addition to being a great multivitamin it also contains amino acids, omega (3,6 &9), chlorella, CoQ10, R-lipoic acid, digestive enzymes, probiotics, a fruit and vegetable mixture, etc. It is a bit pricey but it appears to be the highest quality available.

Thanks again for the feedback and useful links.

A wife.

She will make sure you get what you need or make you say thank you to St Peter when you meet him.

+1

I knew you would like that one.

Kiteman3 years ago

Current research shows that vitamin and mineral supplements give no significant benefits, and can in fact have toxic side effects from overdose (for instance, excess vitamin A can cause liver damage, hypercalcemia, dizziness, blurred vision and birth defects (yes, I know you're male!)).

As long as you have a healthy, balanced diet, and have no actual medical condition (diagnosed by an actual flesh-and-blood doctor), all vitamin supplements will do is cost you money.

i realize the op is a male but prenatal vitamins are good to help prevent certain birth defects.

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/spina_bifida/de...

and they make your hair and nails look good too.

iceng3 years ago

Ask some elders what they take.

boardsmm3 years ago

May I suggest you look into, and read up on, antioxidants of which
vitamins is only one type. At one time it was thought that vitamins was
what we needed from the fruits, but it has since been realized that the
refined vitamins (vitamin pills) are not sufficient but it is a
combination of substances that provide the health effects. That said, a
mere few years ago the anioxidant debate was very hot but then problem
you mention, i.e low absorption, turned out to be a problem. Something
may be highly antioxidatory, but with low bio-availability (body
absorption).

Here's probably the most ambitious study on how much anti-oxidants various foods contain: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/3
- but as they mention, one needs to investigate bio-availability in the
next step (which is problematic as it differs between individuals and
depending on other stuff you eat etc.) Personally, I'm thinking that the
few things they found with extreme antioxidant levels (most notably
"Sandre de Grado") should, even if bio-availability is low, still give a
lot... which, by the way, it's current and historical applications give
witness to.

I'm looking in to the above but currently I only
take omega-3 which has a (scientifically) proven effect on health. Hope I
don't have to say it, but stick to scientific results not to
magic/revelations/old wise women or gurus...

Unfortunately, it
seems we're not simple systems and there is no clear cut solution, no
magic pill. The over all recommendaiton seems to be a healthy life style
and the food recommendations you already know: vegs and fruits, stay
away from sugar, etc. Found this site that seems good:

http://www.whfoods.com/

Ok, good luck.

Burf3 years ago

The fact is, you probably don't need multivitamins. Most nutrition and medical experts agree that a person who eats a normal diet rarely has need for vitamin supplements and those that do need them should do so only at a medical doctor's recommendation. Numerous studies have shown that vitamin supplements provide little, if any health benefits and can often be detrimental.

I know this flies in the face of millions upon millions of dollars spent by the vitamin industry to promote the use of vitamin supplements but their motive is profit, not your health.

Do some research with legitimately recognized professional organizations and dietary experts and avoid the advertisements and phony medical advice from so-called experts and then decide for yourself.