Yeah, we’ve all heard it time and time again, “You need to take a vitamin!” Shoot, back in the day I actually loved taking my Flintstones vitamin. Flash forward a few decades and I get busy or forget to take my multivitamin. The concept is quite simple: an everyday formula to help you fill in the gaps of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. In reality, it’s a bit more complicated than that, so let’s dive right into what makes a complete men’s multivitamin.
The National Institute On Aging defines 13 vitamins as essential. Vitamins A, C, D, E, K and B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12, and folate).
Vitamins can be naturally derived from plants and animals or synthetically manufactured.
Think of these as the flip side to essential vitamins, still essential but our bodies don’t produce them. We extract minerals from the ground and water, or they make their way to us through plants absorbing or animals eating them.
When you think of vitamins and minerals think of a fine-tuned engine: Primed and ready to handle whatever obstacles the road ahead brings.
It depends. Really. In a perfect world you would get all the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you eat and by being outdoors (Vitamin D). In the real world, most men would likely benefit from taking a multivitamin every day. For example, this multivitamin formulated specifically for men, costs you $0.59 a day.
Yes, people will often say “You just pee it all out anyways.” But in reality, your body absorbs what it can and flushes the rest out. Next time you hear that, ask the haters if they piss excellence, because if you take a multi you do 😎
Nothing works unless you do it with consistency. I often set all my vitamins out the night before, so I don’t forget. One tip to help with absorption of your vitamins is to spread them out throughout the day rather than all at once. Eating them with food also helps absorption. Ultimately, remembering to take the full dosage each day is more important than what time or if you spread it out.
Yes, it is best to take your vitamins with food. There are a couple of reasons why. First, taking your vitamins with food will help reduce the chances they will upset your stomach. Eating food will stimulate the digestive system and help you digest your vitamins. Then fats and acids in the food can help you better absorb the vitamins making them easier for your body to use.
Not all vitamins are the same, just as all people are not the same. You should find a multivitamin formulated for your specific needs and goals. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism published a study showing it is common for older men to have deficiencies in vitamin D, especially if they are overweight. A complete men’s formula also should include zinc, which is good for prostate and testosterone production.
Here is a list of the best ingredients that a complete men’s multivitamin should include:
Multivitamins are simple, yet remarkably complex. The best route to success is to find a reputable company with positive reviews and transparent labels. Then make sure it’s a formula tied to the specific needs for your age and goals. Mdrive Multi was carefully designed for the guy who never wants to settle and refuses to let age beat them. It’s packed with the vitamins and minerals necessary to fight aging and keep that engine primed.
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