Learn about six vitamins and supplements every man should include in his routine.
Most men know about the general rules for healthy living: eat healthy, exercise, get lots of sleep and water, etc. But when you go a step further and look at health on a micronutrient level, it can be overwhelming. Which vitamins and nutrients are the most important for men? And can you get them all from your diet, or should you be taking supplements as well?
Let’s dive into men’s health and learn more about six of the most important vitamins and supplements every man needs in his life.
1. VITAMIN D
FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT, BONE HEALTH, AND NEUROMUSCULAR FUNCTION
Vitamin D is essential for many different aspects of health. Vitamin D helps support a healthy immune system and supports strong bones and teeth by helping with the calcium absorption process.
Vitamin D is also shown to support neuromuscular function. The body’s neuromuscular system involves the brain’s signaling system from nerves to muscles. This communication system is responsible for your body’s coordinated movement. It is important for men to also maintain a healthy neuromuscular system through good nutrition and exercise with age.
Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because your body’s primary source of vitamin D is the sun. However, if you work inside or live in a cooler climate, you may not be getting as much vitamin D as you need. Even wearing sunscreen can inhibit your body from getting the vitamin D it needs. As you age, your skin’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunshine also decreases.
Taking a vitamin D supplement is the easiest way to ensure you aren’t missing out on the benefits of this essential vitamin.
Solgar® Vitamin D3 Softgels
One Solgar® Vitamin D3 softgel taken daily helps maintain a healthy immune system and good general health, strong bones and teeth, and optimal nerve and muscle function. Because vitamin D is fat-soluble, these oil-based softgels are easy to swallow and absorb.
2. B-COMPLEX VITAMINS
FOR SUPPORTING ENERGY METABOLISM, NERVOUS SYSTEM HEALTH, AND HEART HEALTH.
The B-Complex is made up of eight B-vitamins:
B5 (pantothenic acid)
B9 (folic acid)
Although each of the B-vitamins has a slightly different role in the body, as a whole, the B-complex vitamins have a direct impact on your energy metabolism, nervous system health, and heart health.
While you may have heard that B-vitamins give you energy, it’s a bit more complicated than the energy burst you get from drinking a caffeinated beverage. B-vitamins help convert proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into energy you use throughout the day. If you enjoy eating a lot, as many men do, getting your daily dose of B-vitamins is essential for turning that food into energy.
Although it is often overlooked, taking care of your nervous system is just as important as any other part of the body. B-vitamins play crucial roles as coenzymes in the nervous system. Particularly vitamin B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), and B12 (cobalamin) contribute essentially to the maintenance of a healthy nervous system.
Heart health is a key area of focus for men. Vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid can also help to support heart health including maintaining healthy homocysteine levels.Homocysteine is an amino acid found in blood. High levels of homocysteine are thought to affect the function of our cardiovascular system. These B vitamins can help to maintain homocysteine levels already within a normal range.
For the most part, B-vitamins are readily available in a variety of foods. However, the easiest way to ensure you’re getting enough of these cellular energy-supporting nutrients is to take a B-vitamin supplement.
Solgar® B-Complex “50” Vegetable Capsules
This formula offers all your B-complex vitamins in one easy supplement, with 50mg of almost all B-complex vitamins.
3. COQ-10 & UBIQUINOL
FOR HEART HEALTH
Coenzyme-Q10, also known as CoQ-10, is an enzyme that the body naturally produces to help generate energy in the cells. It is stored in the mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cells that are responsible for the majority of the body’s energy production.CoQ-10 production decreases with age, and many older people are lacking in this compound.
Statin drugs can also reduce CoQ-10 levels in the body. CoQ-10 supplementation can replenish what statin medications may deplete. However, CoQ-10 is not intended to serve as a replacement for statin therapy, nor should you discontinue taking any prescribed medications while supplementing with CoQ-10.
Ubiquinol is an active and bioavailable form of CoQ-10. Ubiquinol is naturally present in the body, with around 80% of the pool of CoQ-10 found in plasma, intestine, and the liver.
Ubiquinol has also been shown to be better absorbed than regular CoQ-10 (as compared to standard, unmodified ubiquinone).
Throughout supporting the normal physiological function of the heart, CoQ-10 promotes healthy circulation through myocardial tissue.
Solgar® CoQ-10 Softgels
Solgar® CoQ-10 Softgels are available in a range of dosages and help promote heart and cardiovascular health.
Solgar® Ubiquinol 100 mg
Solgar® Ubiquinol provides more absorbable CoQ-10 for providing antioxidant support and mitochondrial energy production.And, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free!
FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT AND TESTOSTERONE
Zinc is a trace mineral, meaning the body only needs it in small amounts, yet it is still essential for more than 300 enzymes to carry out vital biochemical reactions.
Zinc is essential for men’s immune support. It is essential for cell division, including rapidly dividing immune cells, to meet requirements of the body.
Zinc plays a key role in supporting the synthesis of testosterone in men. Having a low intake of zinc can affect testosterone levels.
Solgar® Chelated Zinc
Solgar® Chelated Zinc helps support immune health, healthy skin, and eyes, normal taste and vision, as well as normal skeletal, endocrine and reproductive system functions.* Our premium zinc is a highly absorbable, chelated form of zinc that is gentle on the stomach. It is also vegan, non-GMO, dairy-free, and kosher!
5. SOLGAR® FULL SPECTRUM CURCUMIN
FOR BRAIN, JOINT, AND IMMUNE SUPPORT.
If you haven’t heard of curcumin, chances are you’ve heard of its spice-form: turmeric. Curcumin is the main active compound found in turmeric. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and can offer benefits to the brain, immune system, and joints.
If you exercise frequently, taking care of your joints is essential. As you age, it becomes equally as important to provide nourishment for supporting healthy joints.
Curcumin acts as an antioxidant, helping to fight free radicals that are naturally produced in the body.* Free radicals can lead to oxidative stress, which can lead to the premature aging of cells that may impact joint health.
Although curcumin is highly accessible, it has poor bioavailability – meaning the body struggles to absorb all of curcumin’s benefits. For that reason, when looking for a curcumin supplement, it is important to choose one formulated for greater bioavailability, as in Solgar® products.
Solgar® Full Spectrum Curcumin
Solgar® Full Spectrum Curcumin is 185x more absorbable than regular curcumin. It is easy to swallow and digest and lasts longer in the body than native curcumin extracts.*
6. SOLGAR® VM2000 Multivitamin
FOR GENERAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
If getting the vitamins and minerals you need feels overwhelming, taking a multivitamin may be the answer for you. Solgar®VM2000 is an advanced formula that provides you with multiple essential nutrients, herbs, and phytonutrients. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
WRAPPING IT UP
Although men and women share many of the same health needs, there are also certain differences. Vitamin D, B-vitamins, CoQ-10, zinc, curcumin, or a multivitamin all play important roles in men’s health.