Multivitamins are supplements that contain many different vitamins and minerals in one dose. While not everyone needs to take a multivitamin, they can be helpful for people who aren’t able to get enough of certain nutrients from their diet alone. Because different populations have different vitamin and mineral needs, some multivitamins are made especially for men. You can find men’s multivitamins in many forms, including gels, tablets, capsules, and gummies. These are all available for purchase in stores or online at Walgreens.
What are multivitamins?
Multivitamins are a type of vitamin that can help those who struggle to get enough of certain vitamins and minerals through the foods they eat. They contain many different nutrients. Most multivitamins contain about 26 different vitamins and minerals. One dose of multivitamins typically offers 100% of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for the nutrients they contain.
Men’s multivitamins are available in many different forms, but no matter what form you choose, it’s important to keep in mind the quality and safety of the vitamin. Check for labels that contain a seal of approval from testing services such as United States Pharmacopeia (USP), National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), Consumer Labs, and Underwriters' Laboratories (UL). These seals mean the vitamins contain the nutrients reported on the label and are free of harmful contaminants. All vitamins available at Walgreens are tested through reliable services to ensure quality. Speak with your healthcare provider if you have questions about multivitamins.
Should men take multivitamins?
By consuming a healthy and balanced diet, many people get enough nutrients from the food they eat and do not need to take a multivitamin. For some people, however, multivitamins can help fill gaps in nutritional needs when diet is not enough. Different populations have different vitamin needs, and men’s multivitamins are designed to provide doses of nutrients that are best for most men. There are also formulations of men’s multivitamins available for older adult men and teenage boys. Speak with your healthcare provider to learn more about men’s multivitamins and if they are right for you.
Are there side effects with men’s multivitamins?
Multivitamins taken at the recommended dose are not likely to cause side effects in most men. However, high doses of certain nutrients can be harmful, so be careful not to exceed the recommended dose. If you are taking a multivitamin, monitor the vitamins and minerals you get from your diet to ensure you are not consuming too much of certain nutrients. Depending on your age and health needs, you may require more of some nutrients than other populations. Speak with your healthcare provider if you feel you are not getting enough vitamins and minerals through your diet. A healthcare provider can help you choose the best multivitamin for you.