Most Important Vitamins For Men
As men grow older, the need for specific nutrients will usually undergo some changes. How do your food choices affect your health, and what are some of the essential vitamins for men? Below we will be go over a few of the important vitamins and their purpose.
Studies have shown that a large portion of the population are deficient in vitamin D due to a lack of exposure to the sun. Over time, vitamin D deficiency can have serious consequences such as cardiovascular disease, deteriorating brain functionality and even cancer. A healthy level of vitamin D can help prevent bone loss due its ability to make the body more efficient in its absorption of calcium. As men get older, the need for vitamin D should increase to help protect muscle and bone strength. Vitamin D can be found in leafy green vegetables.
Scurvy and anemia are still issues for many adult men due to vitamin deficiency. Even though vitamin C is no longer considered the cure-all or silver bullet in the fight against colds, it’s still an essential component of a healthy diet. It aids in healthy aging as a high powered antioxidant, and protects healthy cells from free radicals that cause cell damage. Vitamin C can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Some of them are oranges, lemons, limes, pineapples, broccoli, strawberries and tomatoes.
Magnesium supports more than 350 enzymatic functions in the body, many of which control vital systems such as metabolism, blood pressure, and sleep. It has also been linked to the prevention of long term health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and migraines. A few places where magnesium can be found are leafy green vegetables, beans, and nuts.
Experts in the field of nutrition generally agree that the best way to get nutrition is through the the food you eat, but no matter how healthy your diet, there are almost always vitamins and minerals that become deficient due to daily life, diet and soil depletion, so in some cases a doctor may recommend a supplement. The FDA doesn’t regulate companies that create supplements as heavily as food or drugs sold in stores, so it’s up to each of us to do the due diligence necessary to ensure what we take is not going to cause harm.
Consulting your doctor about vitamins and supplements you take is always a good idea.