Have you noticed the number of multivitamin products on the market? Did you know that the vitamins and minerals they contain are often made synthetically? This is an important fact because the synthetic versions tend to be less bioavailable and may not be absorbed as easily as nutrients sourced from your food. With so many options it’s difficult to decipher the best multivitamin options for men?
Fast food restaurants and packaged foods though in abundance limit the quality and diversity of food we eat. So getting all the necessary nutrients for optimal health from a typical western diet may not be a viable option.
However, there are multivitamins that contain nutrients sourced from plant-based foods. These may be the best multivitamin options for men. Why? These may offer a solution by providing more bioavailable and naturally sourced vitamins and minerals. They may even address some mild nutrient deficiencies and improve your health and wellbeing.
Below are five of my top food-sourced ingredients for a more natural approach to health:
A vital antioxidant for health, vitamin C helps form and maintain bones, skin, and blood vessels as well as support a healthy immune system. It can be naturally sourced from a fruit called amla. Considered a superfood it has approximately four times the vitamin C than an orange. The high content of vitamin C in amla is thought to account for most of its antioxidant activity, is natural, vegan, and readily absorbed by the body.
Vitamin K2 is a group of compounds largely obtained from meats, cheeses, and eggs, and synthesized by bacteria. It’s great for maintaining healthy bones and supporting cardiovascular health. One of the richest sources of vitamin K2 is from fermented foods made from soybeans called Natto which is a highly concentrated, vegan source.
Vitamin D has a myriad of functions in the body. It is mainly associated with the support of calcium absorption and bone health as well as immune function. However, this vitamin is often extracted from animal sources. a natural and vegan alternative is sourced from a unique species of non-GMO lichen which has the ability to produce vitamin D in the natural D3 form. Vitamin D3 is more easily absorbed and utilized by the body.
It is an extremely potent antioxidant and is associated with maintaining men’s health and wellbeing as well as the maintenance of cardiovascular health. Lycopene is a carotenoid − a natural pigment that gives some vegetables and fruits their red color. Tomato is the richest, natural source of lycopene and so it is well absorbed from products containing this nutritious fruit.
An Iodine deficiency is extremely common in today’s modern population and is also associated with low thyroid function. Iodine is an essential mineral that is an antioxidant and may assist with glucose metabolism in the body. A concentrated and plant-based source of iodine found in kelp. Most multivitamins contain the salt of iodine (potassium or sodium iodide), however, kelp provides iodine in its bioavailable, elemental form.
Whole Earth & Sea® has developed a Men’s Multi formula that is a non-GMO, broad-spectrum supplement with food-sourced nutrients to achieve optimal bioavailability. With all of the products on the market Whole Earth & Sea® provides one of the best multivitamin options for men.
The multi is made from the highest quality organic ingredients sourced from plants such as amla, lichen, algae, kelp, natto, garlic, tomato, and sunflower. It provides the full range of nutrients needed to support the demands of physical stress, dietary limitations, and/or metabolic inefficiencies. If you are looking to improve your health with supplements this is a great multivitamin option for men!
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About the Author
Shauna Anderson BSc. Adv Dip Nat. Naturopath & Whole Earth & Sea® Expert.