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Best Multivitamin for Men Over 50

Posted by Cam D on May 24, 2011

For men middle-aged and older, taking a multivitamin daily is a good way to make sure you are getting the nutrients needed for optimal energy levels and overall health. However, not all multivitamins are created equal. It’s important to choose a multivitamin that has 100% of the recommended daily value [DV].

For men in their middle age and older, there are several important vitamins to look for when purchasing a multivitamin.

Vitamin E:  Has been shown to help prevent prostate cancer.

A large Finnish study found that male smokers who took 50 IU (international units) of vitamin E daily were 32% less likely to develop prostate cancer and 41% less likely to die from it than those who didn’t take vitamin E supplements.  - http://www.health.harvard.edu

Selenium: Helps prevent all kinds of cancer including prostate cancer.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is common in people who live in climates with long winters.  This vitamin is important for bone health because it helps the body absorb calcium.  Vitamin D also helps strengthen the immune system.  As men age, vitamin D becomes increasingly important.

Calcium: Helps to strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis.

B Vitamins:  B12 deficiency is common and can lead to low energy levels and other serious health problems.  If you experience low energy levels, consider asking your doctor to test for B12 deficiency.  Occasionally, this vitamin is not properly absorbed by the body.  Your doctor can prescribe B12 injections if this is the case.

Vitamin B6: B6 plays a roll in preventing heart attack and stroke.

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