The Top Supplements for Men (Beyond the Basics)

There are basic supplements that all of us should be taking daily such as a multi, omega-3s, and a probiotic. Hectic schedules in these high-pressured times can put quite a burden on our body. Occasional stress, insufficient sleep, and unbalanced diets accompanying hectic lifestyles can also all contribute to imbalances in the body. Men should take the following for overall general health: a multi, omega-3s, vitamin D3, vitamin K2 as MK-7, and probiotics. Beyond the basic supplements, men should consider adding others for extra support based on their unique health needs.

Men should select a multivitamin with specific nutrients targeted for men’s needs. It should contain B vitamins to assist with stress and energy demands. Typically, multis contain vitamin D3 but not vitamin K. Therefore, a vitamin K supplement should be added to their routine. Most multis have 25 mcg (1,000 IU) of vitamin D3, but we are seeing through research that we likely need more.

Vitamin D3 is incredibly important, as it promotes healthy growth and development, supports teeth, bone, and muscle health, assists with a healthy immune and cardiovascular system, and aids in healthier moods. Vitamin D3 is important for calcium transport and absorption, and vitamin K2 as MK-7 is critical, along with D3, for the formation of a strong bone matrix, and cardiovascular and arterial health.

Some multis have a small amount of omega-3s, but additional, supplemental omega-3s is strongly recommended. Omega-3s have an immense amount of research backing up how they support mood, memory, brain, nerve, vision, joint, cardiovascular health, and so much more. We are now seeing 1-2g/day of omega-3s in research being beneficial and recommended.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria located throughout our body, which work to promote gastrointestinal support, a healthy immune system, and so much more. The research is exploding in regard to probiotic benefits. Be sure to look for formulas that provide a variety of strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

A substantial amount of vitamin D3 and K2 as MK-7 should be part of the formula for heart health. Other nutrients targeted for supporting cardiovascular health include vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), CoQ10, and additional antioxidants.

Nutrients that support prostate health can be found in a prostate formula or can be taken separately. Nutrients like vitamin E, zincselenium, and other antioxidants like lycopene, and curcumin can be beneficial.

Men, like women, should take the basic core four supplements of a multi, omega-3s, vitamin D3 with K2, and a probiotic. Men should also consider adding other formulas for extra cardiovascular, prostate, and mood health support.