What's the best multivitamin for men and how to do you determine that?

  • manpit209

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    Aug 19, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    I need to start taking a multivitamin because I'm not getting all the nutrients I need with my daily food intake. What are some good multivitamins for men? What do you look for in the multivitamin to determine how good it is? I know there are multivitamins that comes in packs and some require you to take 2 (sometimes 3) pills at one time. I would preferably like to only take one tablet that has everything. I already take fish oil and other tablets. I'd like to stay away from a bunch more pills if possible.

    I took Men's One-A-Day before and wanted to find out if there are better options out there. Thanks for any feedback!
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    Aug 19, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    According to Consumer Reports, all of the mainstream brands are good. They say you want to avoid the generics and small-chain store brands because some of them have significant impurities.

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    Aug 19, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    a daily dose of mah milk keeps mah dude in top shape...icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 19, 2010 3:27 PM GMT


    I find Pharmaton quite good.

    I don't take it all the time though.

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    Aug 19, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    Every Doctor that I have ever had recommends Centrum vitamins. You are covered with all the nutrients from A to Z. My current Doctor says that if you eat correctly and exercise, you really shouldn't have to take a vitamin.
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    Aug 19, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Hi, I am a Dietitian and get this question a lot but really you want to look for safety and quality, I would trust a multi that has a USP (United States Pharmacopeia) label on it such as Nature Made or some may have NSF. There is a substancial amount of research now being published on vitamin D needs so for most of my clients I have them take 2,000 IU's of Vitamin D and if you can find that in your multi... even better. The only multi I know that does have 2,000 IU's is by a company called CardioTabs. Hope that helps.
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    Aug 19, 2010 7:38 PM GMT
    Berrocca is quality shit: expensive but, apparently, very good.

    That said (nutritionists please disagree if apt as I quote magazine theory), vitamins are a waste of money, and if you aint getting enough, you aint eating right. Apparently.

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    Aug 19, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    nutritionk saidHi, I am a Dietitian and get this question a lot but really you want to look for safety and quality, I would trust a multi that has a USP (United States Pharmacopeia) label on it such as Nature Made or some may have NSF. There is a substancial amount of research now being published on vitamin D needs so for most of my clients I have them take 2,000 IU's of Vitamin D and if you can find that in your multi... even better. The only multi I know that does have 2,000 IU's is by a company called CardioTabs. Hope that helps.


    My multivitamin has 600 IU's of Vitamin D w/ 200 mg of calcium. The label states that 600 IU's comprises 150% of an Active Man's Daily Value.

    What is the significance of taking 2,000 IU compared to 600 IU? Isn't too much counter productive for bone strength/density?
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    Aug 19, 2010 8:10 PM GMT
    GBRelentless said
    What is the significance of taking 2,000 IU compared to 600 IU? Isn't too much counter productive for bone strength/density?



    The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends that adults under 50 get 400-800 International Units (IU) of vitamin D daily, and that adults 50 and over get 800-1,000 IU of vitamin D daily. Some people may need more.

    I was recently asked to participate in a vitamin D study sponsored by Harvard University. The amount of vitamin D that is going to used is 2000 International Units a day.
    Other participants will be given a placebo. After a few years the two groups will be compared. Hopefully the supplementing group will be found to be healthier than the placebo group.

    2000 International Units is the recommended maximum dose of vitamin D daily.
    Vitamin D can be toxic if used in massive doses.
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    Aug 19, 2010 8:13 PM GMT
    FirstKnight said
    GBRelentless said
    What is the significance of taking 2,000 IU compared to 600 IU? Isn't too much counter productive for bone strength/density?



    The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends that adults under 50 get 400-800 International Units (IU) of vitamin D daily, and that adults 50 and over get 800-1,000 IU of vitamin D daily. Some people may need more.

    I was recently asked to participate in a vitamin D study sponsored by Harvard University. The amount of vitamin D that is going to used is 2000 International Units a day.
    Other participants will be given a placebo. After a few years the two groups will be compared. Hopefully the supplementing group will be found to be healthier than the placebo group.

    2000 International Units is the recommended maximum dose of vitamin D daily.
    Vitamin D can be toxic if used in massive doses.


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    Aug 19, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    1) I used to manage a vitamin store
    2) I absolutely hate bull shit

    So, I have seen reports on hundreds of different vitamins and have sat through a company's little indoctrination seminars. It is all a lot of bullshit out there, chattering about bioavailability or food-based vitamins. You can get the best bang from your buck with NOW or Nature's Way brand vitamins. They are good quality, inexpensive, and come as simple or as complex as you want.

    The thing is, you are probably deficient in one or two nutrients by a little. You don't need to have a one-a-day with 100% of everything you need because you are getting 99% of what you need from food. So, don't stress over missing a little selenium.
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    Aug 19, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    Good for you! A lot of people don't realize the need for supplementing. It should have all of the mineral and vitamin essentials as well as some antioxidant content. Make sure it doesn't have iron unless you have a specific need for it.

    I would recommend liquid over pills that you consume within about a 30-40 day period. Many of the binders and fillers in tablets will arguably prevent many tablets from getting more than 3-10% absorption into your body. Delivery is very key, not just nutritional content.

    Also, it should definitely be up to pharmaceutical grade standards and have a hefty amount of tests backing up its nutritional veracity.

    As stated by others, getting proper amounts of vitamin D is essential and has been getting a great deal of attention.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 19, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said1) I used to manage a vitamin store
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    Your kidding..... LOL

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    Aug 20, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    Sorry, yes I should clarify. The Percent Daily Value will indicate that it may be more than 100%. The USDA is constantly working on establishing and defining % Daily Values and Recommended Daily Intake limits and currently Vitamin D appears to be on the chopping block for being under-estimated regarding its lower limit for % Daily Value or Recommended Daily Intake due to current research being conducted. There are also indications of genetic variability that is reducing Vitamin D metabolism in certain individuals which presents an even more complex case. 2,000 IU is a evidence based recommendation from research literature that has been examined and recognized as a possible new standard of practice which in many cases may contradict the % Daily Value and RDI's. Let me know if that helps. icon_smile.gif Also it is true that if you eat a balanced diet that you will not need to supplement with vitamins and so it is important to evaluate your diet and see where you may be lacking. This may also lead you to re-evaluate the type of supplement you need such as, instead of getting a multi, maybe you just get a Vitamin D and a B-Complex, just as an example.

    Toxicity is a very serious issue so if you are taking high dosages of a particular vitamin please check with your doctor prior to starting.
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Aug 20, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    I use prenatal vitamines icon_redface.gif


    WhaT? they're really good!!!
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    Aug 20, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    It's important to note that even if one is eating a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables and proteins, modern agricultural practices have depleted soils of much needed micronutrients that would otherwise be more or less sufficient. So it is a myth that one can guarantee proper nutrition simply by eating a subjectively "balanced" diet. Who here actually eats 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Supplementation is necessary in this day and age -- and it's recommended by the AMA.
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    Aug 21, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    I'm not sure what's the best and how to choose, but these (probably overkill) are my instinctual vitamins of choice:

    Morning LIQUID - Nature's Way Alive! Whole Food Energizer Liquid Multi (2 tbspns)
    http://www.vitacost.com/Natures-Way-Alive-Whole-Food-Energizer-trade-Liquid-Multi

    Evening TABLET - NewChapter Organics Every Man's One Daily (1 tablet)
    http://www.newchapter.com/products/every-mans-one-daily
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    Aug 21, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    illie777 saidI use Opti-Men, but I don't think there's a way to determine which is better.

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/opt/men.html


    I use this one too... It's pretty good.
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    Aug 21, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    viveutvivas saidVery important:

    Men should not take multivitamins containing iron. It is bad for cardiovascular health in the long term.

    Also, avoid the ones containing Saw Palmetto, unless you want a limp dick in the long run.


    Even for individuals that have low blood iron?
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    Aug 21, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    OPTI MEN IS THE BEST
  • mybud

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    Aug 21, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    Brah....personally....I take the Walmart brand multi-vitamin.... I read the labels and basically were the same...and I like savin a buck or two....my 2 bits...BUD
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    Aug 21, 2010 5:15 AM GMT
    Most brands of supplements available today are made from synthetics (Centrum, One a Day, etc.) These "vitamins" are chemical compounds that have been manufactured in laboratory to copy the molecular structure of natural vitamins. Your body is designed to absorb nutrients from food. For this reason most health experts agree that it is best to obtain your daily vitamin supplement from whole food, (real food) than from synthetic vitamin sources.

    I'm sure there are other brands...but one's I have used and can speak on behalf of are the NewChapter and SuperNutrition brands.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Aug 21, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    Semen?
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    Aug 21, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    I've never been big on multi's, but I recently "accidentally" bought Centrum AND One-A-Day (didn't realize I'd put them both in the buggy till I got home, but oh well). The only reason I got a multi is so I can skimp on the food budget a little bit more because I'm saving for something expensive. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 22, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    viveutvivas saidVery important:

    Men should not take multivitamins containing iron. It is bad for cardiovascular health in the long term.

    Also, avoid the ones containing Saw Palmetto, unless you want a limp dick in the long run.


    Saw Palmetto?! icon_eek.gif
    I thought it's supposed to help....whatever it was supposed to help...

    I just take one a day mens and call it a day.