Rainbow Light Men One
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A (5000 IU), Vitamin D (800 IU), Vitamin E (30 IU), Vitamin B12 (25 mcg), Zinc (20 mg), Choline (20 mg), Lycopene (1000 mcg)
Why Its a Good Buy: Blatner likes this brand for meeting Vitamin A, D, and E shortfalls, while providing some digestive enzymes and probiotics. Grotto praises Rainbow Light for avoiding the "bells and whistles" other brands rely on, such as saw palmetto and green tea extract. Instead, you will find add-ins like lycopene, a nutrient found in tomatoes which some studies have correlated with lower cancer and cardiovascular disease risk
Nature Made Multi for Him
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A (2500 IU), Vitamin C (60 mg), Vitamin D (1000 IU), Vitamin E (50 IU), Selenium (20 mcg), Manganese (4 mg)
Why Its a Good Buy: You get at least 100% of the USDA recommended daily allowance of Vitamins C, D, and E in a capsule thats much smaller than some of the horse pills you'll find in the supplement aisle (in fact, Nature Made knocked down their original complete multivitamin by a third). Its also got a significant amount of manganese, an immune booster that helps with memory and maintaining healthy bones.
Nature Made Mens Pack
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A (3000 IU), Vitamin C (670 mg), Vitamin E (460 IU), Vitamin B6 (9 mg), Vitamin B12 (25 mcg), Thiamin (18 mg)
Why Its a Good Buy: Unlike the more basic Mini and other multivitamins, the Mens Pack has a higher emphasis on the B-complex vitamins, along with an ample amount of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation and protect against cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. Plus, as Blatner says, the pre-portioned packet "allows you the ability to meet most of your needs and spread out the vitamins throughout the day to improve absorption."
One A Day Mens Health Formula
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A (3500 IU), Vitamin D (700 IU), Vitamin E (22.5 IU), Vitamin B12 (18 mcg), Magnesium (120 mg)
Why Its a Good Buy: Vitamin D is a hormone that helps your bones absorb calcium and has been linked to reduced risk of depression, cancer, and heart attacks. But we dont often get it through food alone, unless its been fortified, says Grotto. Thats where a supplement like One A Day can come in—it has almost double the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin D, plus a significant amount of magnesium, which wards off migraines, could help regulate blood pressure and prevents stroke and diabetes, according to some studies. (Note: Despite the name, The One A Day formula is not associated with Mens Health magazine.)
GNC Mega Men Sport
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A (5000 IU), Vitamin D (1600 IU), Thiamin (50 mg), Zinc (25 mg), Branched Chain Amino Acid Blend (150 mg)
Why Its a Good Buy: The muscle-aiding amino acids should be good for active guys in their 20s and 30s, says Blatner (though you can cut your serving size if you have a diet rich in leafy greens). And while Grotto believes this brand of multi is a little aggressive on the B vitamins, the absence of iron is a plus, since most men get plenty from their diet, anyway. Oh yeah, and if you are a heavy drinker, you may appreciate the mega dose of thiamin, since consuming large amounts of alcohol makes you use the nerve regulating B vitamin faster.
GNC Mega Men Energy & Metabolism
Key Ingredients: Magnesium (100 mg), Vitamin D (1600 IU), Vitamin B6 (50 mg), Vitamin E (30 IU), Lycopene (950 mcg), Zeaxanthin (190 mcg)
Why Its a Good Buy: You will find more of the heart protector magnesium in this formula than most multivitamins (about 25% of the daily recommended allowance, versus 13%), which is why both Blatner and Grotto approve. Plus, lycopene helps promote prostate health, while both lutein and zeaxanthin are good for the eyes (of course, you can get some of those same nutrients from eating vegetables such as carrots and spinach).
Centrum Silver Men 50+
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A (3500 IU), Vitamin E (60 IU), Vitamin D (600 IU), Vitamin B12 (100 mcg), Manganese (4 mg), Lycopene (600 mcg)
Why Its a Good Buy: Even though the label says this is for the gray-haired crowd, both nutritionists we contacted believed that guys of any age can benefit from this formula. After all, you are never too young to worry about prostate health (thank you, lycopene) or your memory (when B12 is deficient, its been known to decrease brain volume). Luckily, both of those nutrients are in plenty of supply in this iron-free once-a-day tablet. Maybe you can steal a dose or two from dear ol dad.
Nature Made Multi Adult Gummies
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A (4000 IU), Vitamin C (60 mg), Vitamin B12 (8 mcg), Pantothenic Acid (10 mg), Zinc (5 mg)
Why Its a Good Buy: Most guys dont want to pop a bunch of pills just to get some supplemental nutrients in their system. Thats why gummy vitamins for adults are having a bit of a moment right now. Unfortunately, most of them taste awful or have high sugar and calorie content. But the orange and berry-flavored multis from Nature Made are palatable, give you most of your daily basics, and contain only 10 calories per serving. Only question we have: Can they come in bear form?
Every Mans One Daily
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A (5000 IU), Vitamin C (60 mg), Vitamin D3 (1000 IU), Vitamin E (30 IU), Folate (500 mcg), Vitamin B12 (12 mcg)
Why Its a Good Buy: This is another one pill per day multi that gives you a strong blend of Vitamin D and Vitamin A (100% as beta-carotene, which is not always the case with other brands). Plus, you get half your daily need of folate, a nutrient that helps sperm production, protects against Alzheimers disease, and prevents certain types of cancer. Those that dont eat a lot of leafy greens could use the assistance.