We’ve consulted the latest research to bring you some of the best supplements for men. Talk to your doctor about which of these may be right for you.
According to experts, vitamin D deficiency has become a major problem in the U.S. While we used to get our dose of vitamin D through sun exposure, too much time spent indoors and the use of sunscreen to protect from skin cancer has increased the need to get vitamin D through diet and supplementation.
One of the main roles of vitamin D is to help the body absorb calcium to strengthen bones and prevent bone loss.
A new 2018 study found a new benefit: Men with fertility issues who were vitamin D deficient and who supplemented with varying doses of vitamin D were able to improve their partner’s birth success rate.
The RDA for vitamin D for adult men up to age 70 is 600 International Units (IU) per day. If your blood test results indicate a deficiency, your doctor may recommend an even higher dose.
An amino acid naturally produced in the body, L-carnitine is necessary for moving fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells for the purpose of burning fat for energy.
There is a high concentration of L-carnitine in both skeletal and cardiac muscle, so it also works to improve cardiac output and muscular function.
A Mayo Clinic review article of 13 clinical trials stated that L-carnitine had multiple benefits for heart attack sufferers, including a 65 percent reduction in ventricular arrhythmias and a 27 percent reduction in all-cause mortality.
In a study published in Fertility and Sterility, supplementing with L-carnitine was shown to help increase sperm count and mobility in men with low sperm counts and sperm quality.
The observed safe level (OSL) of L-carnitine is up to 2,000 mg/day.
While it’s likely the most popular antioxidant on the block, experts say that adults in the U.S. simply aren’t getting enough vitamin C through diet alone.
Vitamin C is known for its immune-boosting properties, and is often associated with its ability to prevent a cold or shorten its duration.
A vitamin C study published in the journal Nutrients concluded that vitamin C does help to prevent and treat respiratory infections by enhancing immune cell functions.
The RDA of vitamin C for men is 90 mg/day – easy to find in a good men’s multi.