Smart Men

Juggling a hectic work, home and social life often means that, while we strive for a good healthy, balanced diet every day, it may not always be achievable.

Men of all ages have deficits in nearly every nutritional category. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, men need to eat 350 percent more dark green vegetables and 150 percent more fruit in order to meet federal guidelines.

 “Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils, and low in saturated fats from red meat is rule number one for healthy nutrition,” says Dr. Campbell.

 Some recent studies have questioned the value of vitamins for preventing conditions like heart disease and cancer, experts say a basic multi could act as an insurance policy for men who have nutritional gaps in their diet.

 Many men who work inside all day do not get enough exposure to the sun, which is needed for the body to manufacture vitamin D. Most men can benefit from taking 1,000 IU [international units] of vitamin D daily.

 For most men, the bottom line on vitamins and men’s health is this: If you eat a well-balanced diet, take a standard multivitamin, and supplement with 1,000 IU of vitamin D every day, your nutrition needs should be covered.