Making the Most of your Men’s Health Multi
Here’s an obvious statement: men’s health needs are different than women’s. But knowing what support is needed at each stage of life is not so simple. Similar to women, it all begins with proactive prevention and strategies to reduce risk of illness. But that’s where the similarities end.
Having male patients focus on a healthy diet is key. Unfortunately, because of depleted soil, food processing, and the prevalence of fast foods and convenience foods, it’s hard for men to get all of the nutrients they need from diet alone. That’s why a targeted men’s health multivitamin mineral formula is so important. A high-quality multivitamin mineral supplement recommended by a healthcare professional can fill the gaps in a man’s diet.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin mineral formula for your male patients:
- Avoid products with synthetic ingredients, additives, and fillers.
- Be sure it is comprehensive and contains the proper amounts of all of the key vitamins and minerals.
- Consider choosing an individualized formula specific to the male patient’s stage of life and needs: over age 50, under age 50, men who are working out, men who want more energy or want to lose weight, etc.
- Look for ingredients like lycopene and zinc that have been shown specifically to support men’s health.
In addition to recommending a healthy diet and taking a high-quality multivitamin mineral supplement, all male patients should be aware of the preventive screening tests that are important based on their age. Exercise, sleep and stress management strategies should also be discussed with men.
It’s true that men have special health needs. It’s also true that there are many strategies—beginning with diet and a quality multi—that can help men achieve optimal wellness and reduce risk of male-related illnesses. Discussing a multivitamin mineral supplement with male patients will help them make the most of their overall wellness health plan.
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