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We know men’s nutritional needs differ from women’s, needing more of some nutrients and less of others than women do. For this reason, men have different daily vitamin needs than women.

In addition to following a healthy lifestyle that includes getting regular exercise, eating a diet rich in whole foods, reducing stress, and getting quality sleep, men should also have a daily vitamin routine as part of being proactive about their overall wellness.

But with all the dietary supplements available, it can be confusing to narrow it down and leave you wondering what daily vitamins should a man take out of the many options there are. To simplify all the noise and make it easy to start getting the nutrients you need to supplement your diet, we’ve put together a list of the top 8 vitamins men should take each day.

1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D supports healthy muscles, keeps your immune system strong, and helps your body absorb calcium.

2. Vitamin A

Vitamin A supports healthy eyes, boosts immune system function.

3. B-Complex

Each of the B vitamins plays a slightly different role in the body. However, overall, the B-complex vitamins support energy, metabolism, nervous system health, and heart health.

B vitamins help convert proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into energy you use throughout the day. Getting a daily dose of B vitamins is essential for turning that food into energy.

Additionally, heart health is a key concern for men and vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid can help support heart health.

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4. Folate

We usually hear about women needing folate (a B vitamin that’s also called folic acid), but men need it, too. Your body needs folate to use protein, make DNA, and form healthy red blood cells.

5. Potassium

Potassium is an important electrolyte that promotes healthy neuromuscular function and electrolyte balance by regulating nerve signals from the brain and spinal column to the muscles.

6. Calcium

Calcium supports healthy muscles, nerves, and bones. It’s especially important for men in their 20s to get enough calcium to develop strong, dense bones.

7. Magnesium

Many men don’t get enough magnesium in their diet, making it an important supplement to take. Magnesium supports healthy nerves, bones, and muscles, and may also help prevent heart disease and support a healthy immune system. 

8. Zinc

Zinc helps make proteins throughout the body. It is especially important for men who are vegetarian to take since they often don’t get enough from diet alone.

While the vitamins and supplements you take will depend on your individual nutritional needs and health concerns, the 8 vitamins and minerals listed above are important for men to take daily if they’re not getting the amount needed in their diet.

In addition to all the essential vitamins and minerals mentioned here, Country Life Vitamins carries a variety of men’s supplements, including Maxi-Hair® for Men for those looking for a natural way to support hair, scalp, skin, and nail health.

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