The 11 Best Multivitamins for Men, According to a Dietitian

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If your diet isn't exactly where you'd like it to be, you may be thinking about a multivitamin to fill in the gaps — an insurance policy, of sorts. Indeed, John La Puma, MD, board-certified specialist in internal medicine, recommends a multivitamin to his male patients who don't have a stellar diet at least 80 percent of the time.

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Of course, talk to your doctor first before trying any new multivitamins. Assuming you get the go-ahead, here are a few options to choose from.

The Best Men's Multivitamins

How We Chose

We spoke with Dr. La Puma and tapped the writer's own credentials as a registered dietitian to round up the best men's multivitamins out there, using the following criteria:

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  • Nutrient composition
  • Quality
  • Cost
  • Availability

What's the Difference Between Men's and Women's Vitamins?

You'll notice some multivitamins are labeled specifically for men or women. These vitamin formulations are based on biological sex, not gender, because people assigned male at birth (AMAB) tend to have different nutrient needs than those assigned female at birth. For example, women tend to have more iron needs than men.

If you do not identify as your biological sex or are on hormone therapy, it's best to have a conversation with your doctor about which vitamin blend would be best for you.

Here, we'll take a look at the best multivitamins out there for people AMAB, and we'll use the term "men" throughout to stay close to the language used by the brands.

1. Best Overall: Nature Made Men's Multivitamin Tablets

Nature Made is hard to beat for overall quality and price. The brand is United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) third-party tested and can be found just about anywhere vitamins are sold.

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It checks all the boxes for the nutrients men need, including zinc, selenium and vitamin D, and it contains no iron. It's also gluten-free for those who have special dietary needs regarding gluten.

Pros

  • USP-verified
  • Affordable
  • Gluten-free

Cons

  • Must be taken with food

Dosage: 1 Tablet

Buy it:Naturemade.com ($12.59 for 90 tablets); Target.com ($11.59 for 120 tablets)

2. Best Runner-Up: Theralogix Solo Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement

Theralogix Solo is a solid multivitamin for active men who need a supplement to support their lifestyle. It has both calcium and vitamin D for bone health and no iron, making it more appropriate for men.

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Theralogix is also National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified and maintains best manufacturing practices in their facilities, making it a quality third-party-tested supplement, per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The downside: Theralogix isn't as widely available as the Nature Made pick above, and its price point is a bit higher.

Pros

  • NSF-certified
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free

Cons

  • Not widely available
  • Higher price point

Dosage: 1 Tablet

Buy it:Theralogix.com ($21 for a 90-day supply); Amazon ($22.80 for a 90-day supply)

3. Best Vegetarian: Klean Athlete Multivitamin

These multivitamins aren't specifically marketed to men, but they do not have iron, which makes them an appropriate choice for an active person AMAB. They also contain some of the nutrients that men may want to add to their diet, including zinc, selenium and choline.

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They are NSF-certified for sport, vegetarian and gluten-free. They also contain a blend of antioxidants important for maintaining eye health.

Though a pricier option, it's been tested by a reputable third-party, so you can be sure you're getting what's on the label.

Pros

  • NSF-certified for sport
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free

Cons

  • Higher price point
  • Must be taken with food

Dosage: 2 Tablets

Buy it:KleanAthlete.com ($35.64 for a 30-day supply); Amazon ($37.62 for a 30-day supply); Walmart ($39.60 for a 30-day supply)

4. Best Gummy: Olly The Perfect Men's Multi

This multivitamin by Olly has the standard mix of nutrients not only compatible with a gummy vitamin, but also important for men's health, including vitamin D and zinc.

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Olly Men's Multi are NSF third-party tested for quality, and Olly adheres to best manufacturing practices, per the FDA.

They are an affordable option for men who may have difficulty swallowing a tablet or capsule.

Pros

  • Can be taken with or without food
  • Affordable
  • Easy to chew
  • NSF-certified

Cons

  • Contains added sugar

Dosage: 2 Gummies

Buy it:Olly.com ($13.99 for 45 servings); Amazon ($11.99 for 45 servings)

5. Best for Men Over 40: Metagenics PhytoMulti Capsules

Dr. La Puma recommends Metagenics PhytoMulti capsules as a good general multivitamin for men. There's one catch with this one, though: You'll need to get a code from your doctor before you can order it online.

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Metagenics is USP verified and NSF-certified. This multivitamin contains all the nutrients Dr. La Puma recommends, including a more absorbable form of folate, which helps support heart health and healthy blood flow. It also contains lycopene, which Dr. La Puma recommends for a healthy heart and prostate.

Pros

  • USP-verified
  • NSF-certified
  • Contains lycopene
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free

Cons

  • Must order through your doctor
  • Must be taken with food
  • Price is unknown

Dosage: 3 Capsules

Buy it:Metagenics.com (you'll need a code from your doctor to purchase)

6. Best for Over 50: Ritual Essential for Men 50+

These Ritual multivitamins are specially formulated for the needs of men, most notably with increased amounts of vitamin D, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.

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They also contain magnesium, which is important for heart and muscle health. That's key, because we may absorb less magnesium from food as we age, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Ritual supplements follow best manufacturing processes, per the FDA, and are vegan and gluten-free.

Pros

  • Can be taken with or without food
  • Vegan and gluten free
  • Contains omega-3 fatty acids
  • Traceable ingredients

Cons

  • Higher price point

Dosage: 2 Capsules

Buy it:Ritual.com ($35 for a 30-day supply)

7. Best for Over 60: Life Extension Two-Per-Day Multivitamin

Life Extension is a good choice for mature men. It contains more vitamin D — 2,000 IU — than most multivitamins, so if you're staying inside more often or not eating fortified foods with vitamin D, this may be a good supplement for you. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb calcium, which is important to maintain good bone health.

Life Extension utilizes Consumer Lab and NSF for third-party testing and is compliant with best manufacturing processes, per the FDA.

Pros

  • Consumer Lab-approved
  • Affordable
  • Gluten-free

Cons

  • Must be taken with food

Dosage: 2 Tablets

Buy it:LifeExtension.com ($18.38 for a 60-day supply)

8. Best For Mental Wellness: Olly With Probiotics

Mental wellness is a broad term that can include stress, burnout and more serious conditions such as anxiety and depression.

While multivitamins are not a replacement for prescription medications, you may take supplements to support health along the brain-gut connection, such as prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics, per the ​Biomolecules Journal​.

Warning

Do not stop taking prescription medication without your doctor's approval and supervision. Quitting psychiatric medications abruptly can cause a variety of unwanted, and potentially dangerous, side effects, per the Mayo Clinic.

Some probiotic strains (specifically from the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium families) have been shown to have positive effects on mood, according to a November 2019 study in the ​Canadian Journal of Psychiatry​.

That's why Olly has made an NSF-certified probiotic supplement that works for everyone. It also contains niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folate — all of which are necessary for good mental health, according a July 2016 review in the ​Clinical Nutrition Research Journal .

Pros

  • Recommended nutrients for mental wellness
  • NSF-certified
  • Added probiotics
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Added sugar

Dosage: 2 gummies

Buy it:Amazon.com ($18.35 for 35 day supply); Olly.com ($19.99 for 35 day supply)

9. Best to Take on an Empty Stomach: Ancient Nutrition Men's Multivitamin

Sometimes taking vitamins on an empty stomach can cause nausea. To solve this, Ancient Nutrition has made a men's multivitamin that can be taken with or without food, a bonus if you're taking vitamins on the go or before breakfast.

It's important to note that fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K are better absorbed with a source of fat (i.e., food). However, this supplement contains a small amount of iron, which is best absorbed without food. So, if you are AMAB and need a small amount of supplemental iron, this might be a good choice for you.

Warning

This multivitamin contains an herbal blend that may interact with certain medications. Talk with your doctor or pharmacy prior to taking any supplement to confirm there are no medication interactions.

Pros

  • Can be taken on an empty stomach
  • Gluten-free

Cons

  • Higher price point
  • May interact with medications

Dosage: 1 Tablet

Buy it:AncientNutrition.com ($49.95 for 30 day supply)

10. Best for Sperm Health: SmartyPants Men

Some nutrients, such as antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, have been shown to improve sperm health, while saturated fats do the opposite, according to a February 2022 review in the ​International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

This multivitamin by SmartyPants Men is good for anyone who wants those omega-3 benefits. Plus, it's NSF-certified and a gummy, which is beneficial for those who have difficulty swallowing pills.

One downside: There are 6 grams of added sugar per serving. Be aware if you're trying to limit sugar intake.

Pros

  • Can be taken with or without food
  • Good for those who can't swallow pills
  • NSF-certified

Cons

  • Contains added sugar
  • Higher price point

Dosage: 6 gummies

Buy it:Amazon.com ($24.48 for a 30-day supply)

11. Best for Digestion: NOW Liquid Multivitamin

If you deal with digestive issues, like simple upset or difficulty absorbing nutrients, a liquid multivitamin might be a good choice for you.

This vitamin from NOW Foods is liquid, meaning it is more easily absorbed by your digestive tract. It contains lycopene and does not contain iron (qualities recommended by Dr. La Puma), is approved by Consumer Lab and adheres to best manufacturing practices, per the FDA.

It is, however, short on vitamin D, so you'll want to make sure you eat plenty of vitamin D-rich foods or take a separate supplement.

Tip

Liquid vitamins are self-dosing, so accuracy is important to ensure you don't get too little or too much of the nutrients. Also, keep the vitamins refrigerated.

Pros

  • Quality- and safety-tested
  • No iron
  • Easily digestible form

Cons

  • Lacking in vitamin D
  • Needs refrigeration
  • Self-dosing
  • Must be taken with food

Dosage: 1 tablespoon

Buy it:Walmart.com ($21.12 for 30 day supply)

What to Look for in a Men's Multivitamin

Dietary supplements are not strictly regulated by the FDA, meaning the organization doesn't ensure these products are safe or effective before they hit shelves.

Buying your vitamins from reputable brands is the number one way to make sure you're getting a safe product that actually contains the ingredients on its label. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a vitamin brand or blend:

1. Good Manufacturing Practices

Your supplement bottle should indicate it follows current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). This is what the FDA has implemented to help control the dietary supplement industry. It ensures purity and strength, and it limits contaminants in supplements.

2. Third-Party Testing

This means the supplement is tested by someone who is not affiliated with the brand to ensure the supplement contains what it claims (in the correct dosage, too) and breaks down appropriately in the body. Some third-party testers include U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), NSF International and NSF-Certified for Sport.

3. Key Nutrients

Most multivitamins will give you a proper mix of nutrients and are similar between men's and women's formulas. Look for multivitamins with vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

There are, however, key differences in men's and women's vitamins, including:

  • Iron:​ Women's vitamins will typically contain more iron than men need. Getting too much iron can be harmful for men. Remember, you will get iron from your diet, so men's multivitamin formulas will not typically contain iron — and that's OK.
  • Selenium:​ Most supplements marketed to men have higher amounts of selenium. Research once thought selenium lowered the risk of developing prostate cancer, but the current research on this association is inconclusive, according to the National Institutes of Health. Still, Dr. La Puma recommends selenium in your supplement to support healthy testosterone levels, so it's one to look for on the label.
  • Zinc​: Men have higher zinc needs than women (except for women who are pregnant or lactating), which is why men's multivitamins usually have more. You can also eat foods high in zinc like lean beef and chicken, fish, yogurt, cashews and beans. This is another nutrient recommended by Dr. La Puma to keep your immune system healthy.

When to Take Multivitamins

There's no specific time of day when it is best to take multivitamins, but certain nutrients (fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K) are best absorbed when they're taken with a meal. Others might require multiple doses throughout the day or at a different time from another nutrient.

A Word of Caution About Supplements

As with any supplements, more is not always better. Just because a supplement contains more than the recommended daily amount (RDA) of a nutrient does not mean your body will absorb that amount.

In fact, water-soluble vitamins (B vitamins and vitamin C) won't build up in your body, so having more than 100 percent of the RDA will not yield a better result. Higher levels of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins D, E, K and A), however, can build up in your body and cause toxicity, according to Colorado State University.

Not everyone needs to take a multivitamin, especially if you eat a balanced diet and have no known chronic health conditions.

If you have any questions about whether a multivitamin is appropriate for you, your health care provider or a registered dietitian can help you with that decision and with finding the best one for your personal needs.

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