Vitamins and minerals for men

VitaminsForMenPerish the thought that deficiencies of important vitamins and minerals for men are a Third-World problem.

In fact, some lean Third-World men obtain more nutrition from their limited whole food diets than American men with all their choices.

Research has shown that important vitamins/minerals for men are not consumed enough in modern populations.

Contributing factors include indoor, sedentary lifestyles; junky fast, processed and unnatural food; and prescription drugs that interfere with the natural body’s absorption of nutrients.

The most important vitamins/minerals for men that are most likely to be deficient in millions of men around the world are: vitamin D, vitamin D12, the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, vitamin K, magnesium, Omega-3 oils and potassium.

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common in men and women in modern countries, with up to 75 percent of U.S. adults lacking enough of this important vitamin.

Vitamin D is needed to produce testosterone, strong bones, protect the brain, help prevent mood disorders, and control blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Small amounts are in oily fish, mushrooms and eggs, but the best source is sun (without sunscreen, for a daily 15 minutes to half hour.

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that most men should get enough of from meat, poultry and eggs. However, many middle-aged and older men have trouble with absorption due to prescription drug use.

Drugs used to manage high blood pressure, statins for cholesterol and diabetes interfere with how B12 is metabolized in the body.

Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E  from fruits, vegetables and particularly dark, leafy greens, help control oxidative stress, help protect cells, prevent cell mutations and tumor growth, help prevent muscle wasting, artery damage and tissue loss.

They help prevent eye weakness and disease and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Unfortunately, fruits and vegetables are not a high priority for many men.

But, as Dr. Josh Axe noted in his recommendations of important vitamins/minerals for men—Include a “rainbow” of colored fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.