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Top Nutrients for Men

Men have unique nutritional needs. Let us help you navigate the micronutrients found in male multivitamin formulas.

Top Nutrients for Men

The Most Important Nutrients for Men

If you’ve scanned the vitamin aisle, you’ve probably seen vitamins for men and vitamins for women – many manufacturers craft specialized formulas to meet the unique nutritional needs of males and females. Ever wondered what makes these multivitamins different? We can help.

Macros and Micros
Before we begin to understand the differences, we must first understand some nutritional basics.  When talking nutrition and about what your body needs, there are macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Micronutrients are the individual vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can be a part of those macronutrients. Micronutrients include things like B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin D– these micronutrients are many of the individual ingredients listed on a multivitamin label.

When it comes to macronutrients, men and women have similar general needs – these are largely based on what is necessary to support one’s life stage and activity level. When you start to look at micronutrients, however, there are unique considerations to make to support males with the most targeted needs. 

Top Micronutrients for Men
As you scan male-specific vitamins, you will see micronutrients that have been added to address the micronutrient needs of men. You may also see the same micronutrients, but in different quantities. Three key male-specific micronutrients are:

  • Zinc – Zinc is an important micronutrient that’s often associated with immune health, but many people don’t realize its importance for men’s health*. This nutrient is required for the activity of over 100 enzymatic reactions throughout the body, and is essential to prostate function in men.1* Our Alive! Once Daily Men’s Ultra Potency multivitamin contains over 100% the daily value of zinc.
  • Saw Palmetto – This herb, primarily found in Florida, has been used throughout history for its beneficial effects for men.2* You can find Saw Palmetto in our Men’s Blend, a unique blend added to many of our men’s vitamins (like our Alive! Once Daily Men’s 50+ Ultra Potency multivitamin).
  • Lycopene – Lycopene is a nutrient commonly found in tomatoes and is commonly found in products looking to support men’s health.3* You’ll find lycopene in many of our men’s formulas, including our Alive! Men’s Premium Gummy Vitamins.
When choosing a multivitamin, make sure to pick one that addresses your goals and provides the nutrients which fulfill your individual needs. Alive! creates formulas for men and women at different stages of life to deliver targeted and meaningful nutrition.
Check out our men’s formulas to see how we deliver on many general micronutrients, and add in specific nutrients for men’s health, like Zinc, Saw Palmetto and Lycopene.

1  Costello LCFranklin RB.  Arch Biochem Biophys. 2016 Dec 1;611:100-112.
2 Health Canada. Monograph: Saw Palmetto. Retrieved from http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=157&lang=eng
3 Schwarz S, Obermuller-Jevic US, Hellmis E, et al. J Nutr 2008; 138:49-53