The health and fitness craze that started in the 80s has led to thousands of vitamins and health products available for you to choose from. We’ve reached a point where you could be taking 20-25 pills each day which is kind of silly.
There’s a lot of marketing behind most products, with many providing only small health benefits making them less than essential.
Here’s a quick list of vitamins and supplements every guy should be taking. These supplements have proven their worth over time, and have earned a coveted spot in every guys cabinet.
Helps: General Health
The absolute, number one, have to have it supplement is a multivitamin. If you’re only going to swallow one capsule per day, this should be it. What’s comical, is most guys have a bottle of this stuff somewhere, but they don’t take it everyday.
Try moving the bottle into a more visible location, and make it a necessary habit before doing something else. For instance, before you can brush your teeth you have to take your multivitamin.
Making this a daily routine and habit, will make sure you actually do it.
Helps: Brain, Heart, Joints.
In terms of importance, and what’s at the top of the list of things you want to protect, your brain and heart are pretty high. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for a healthy brain and heart. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory to help aching joints.
Helps: Bones, Metabolism, Cancer Prevention
Most people are going to get the necessary level of vitamin D from milk and sun exposure. If you aren’t one of those people, however, taking a supplement will be needed to maintain strong bones and help prevent conditions like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and certain cancers.
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Glucosamine and Chondroitin
As you reach and pass the age of 30, the more necessary Glucosamine and Chrondroitin will become. Taking 1,500 miligrams daily has proven to help reduce inflammation, aching joints, and pain attributed to arthritis.
If you’re losing sleep every night because you’re getting up to use the bathroom every few hours your prostate may be placing pressure on your bladder. Taking a daily supplement of Saw Palmetto can help reduce the constant trips to the bathroom.
Ginkgo Biloba is an anti-oxident that can help protect and prevent damage to your brain cells.
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If you eat a healthy amount of animal protein each day, you’re most likely getting your needed intake of B12. If you’re a vegetarian, or you don’t eat meat everyday your B12 levels are likely below normal. As you age, and get past the age of 50, taking a supplement becomes more necessary because our digestive system loses efficiency making it less likely to get what we need directly from food.
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