The common differences in men’s formulas:
- No iron or less iron - Men need much less iron than premenopausal women.
- Addition of lycopene – Lycopene is a phytochemical that has been linked to prostate health when combined with other nutrients, but the effect of lycopene alone remains unclear.
- Addition of herbs – Mainly herbs that are thought to support virility and prostate health.
Can’t figure out which men’s formula is best for you (or the men in your life)? Sticking with a unisex multivitamin is still good nutritional insurance. You can always supplement nutrients that are absent or in smaller amounts than recommended by your doctor. And the unisex versions often cost less than the gender specific formulas.
How can men decrease the risk of heart disease? Get your omega-3 fatty acids. They are found in both plant and animal sources, most notably in certain fish and krill oils. It’s the omega-3s EPA and DHA from fish and krill that are promoted for their heart health benefits.