Posted On: May 29, 2019
Before considering taking supplements either for men or women, food should be your first source of nutrients. These should including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, nuts, seeds, beans and healthy fats. Eating a balanced diet is the best way to get the nutrients your body needs, including protein, vitamins and minerals.
If you are not eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep or exercising regularly, you may not have good energy levels. When you’re not eating a balanced diet, your body also may have trouble fending off illness, and dietary supplements may be necessary for an additional nutrient boost. But before taking a supplement, talk with your health care provider. It’s important to know about safety and usefulness of supplements before making a decision.
Be careful when choosing supplements for nutrients. While dietary supplements are under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, they are regulated differently than conventional foods and drugs. Manufacturers do not have to prove a supplement is safe or even that it works before it is sold. The FDA can take action to remove or restrict the sale of a supplement only after it has been on the market and been proven unsafe.
Supplements don’t only come in a bottle. Many foods including cereals, breads, pastas, energy bars and drinks are fortified with vitamins, minerals, herbs and amino acids — the building blocks of proteins. Consuming too much of one nutrient may pose serious health threats. Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist to help evaluate your daily diet prior to starting a supplement regimen and provide an individualized nutrition plan. Generally, food provides all the nutrients in supplements.
There are several reasons men may need supplements. They include:
Calcium and vitamin D are key nutrients for bone health. If you fall behind on getting these nutrients, you may need a supplement separate from a regular multivitamin, since multivitamins usually do not contain enough calcium to meet recommendations.
Carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, have shown promise in eye health. Start eating more fruits and vegetables such as kale, spinach, carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes and broccoli.