The 6 Best Supplements for Men Over 60

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Fish oil capsules, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, are important for heart and brain health.
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As you age, your joints may begin showing the symptoms of wear and tear, hormone levels will be lower than in your youth and your cardiovascular system may not function as well as it used to.

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And, your nutrient requirements change — plus, your body's ability to absorb nutrients from food may decrease. As a result, supplementation may become necessary.

Take a look at recommended supplements for 60-year-old men, along with information about the changing nutritional priorities for people in this group.

A quick note on language: It's typical for supplement makers to have options geared toward either women or men. That's because the nutritional needs of people assigned female at birth (AFAB) often differ from those of people assigned male at birth (AMAB). In this article, we'll use the term "men" to match the brands' language.

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Our Picks

  • Best Multivitamin:‌ GNC Mega Men 50 Plus Multi ($44.99, GNC.com)
  • Best Omega-3 Supplement:‌ Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega-D3 ($44, Amazon.com)
  • Best Saw Palmetto Supplement:‌ Life Extension Ultra Prostate Formula ($26.33, LifeExtension.com)
  • Best Calcium and Vitamin D Supplement:‌ Nature Made Calcium 600 mg with Vitamin D3 ($18.99, Riteaid.com)
  • Best Vitamin B12 Supplement:‌ Pure Encapsulations Methylcobalamin 1,000 mcg ($43.15, Amazon.com)
  • Best Magnesium Supplement:‌ Life Extension Magnesium Caps ($24.60, Amazon.com)

How We Chose

The FDA doesn't regulate supplement safety and efficacy, but it does establish Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) for supplements, which sets standards for things like preparation and storage.

We spoke to registered dietitians and included quality products that adhere to CGMP or have verification from independent quality control organizations, such as:

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1. Best Multivitamin: GNC Mega Men 50 Plus Multi

This multivitamin provides vitamins A, C, D and E, and also includes calcium and other important nutrients.
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This multivitamin is recommended for men over 50 in an April 2020 review of multivitamins and supplements from ConsumerLab, an organization that independently tests health and nutritional products.

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It supplies 200 percent of your recommended daily value (DV) of vitamin D, which is important for bone health. It also contains calcium, another key to bone health.

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GNC ($44.99 for 120 pills); RiteAid ($22.99 for 60 pills)

2. Best Omega-3 Supplement: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega-D3

Taking an omega-3 supplement may help to support your brain and heart health.
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This omega-3 supplement comes recommended by Amy Shapiro, RD, CDN and founder of Real Nutrition. It offers 1,280 micrograms of omega-3, including both EPA and DHA.

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It also contains 125 percent of your DV of vitamin D3 — Shapiro notes many people are deficient in this vitamin. The manufacturer claims you'll avoid fishy burps (a frequent omega-3 supplement side effect).

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Amazon ($44); iHerb ($44.16)

3. Best for Prostate Health: Life Extension Ultra Prostate Formula

This supplement contains saw palmetto, which may help to alleviate symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.
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This ConsumerLab-approved supplement from Life Extension has 320 micrograms of saw palmetto in each two-capsule serving. "Saw palmetto is important to support prostate health," Shapiro says.

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It also contains beta-sitosterol, a plant compound that's linked to better urine flow, per Kaiser Permanente.

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Life Extension ($26.33); Amazon ($24.77)

4. Best Calcium and Vitamin D Supplement: Nature Made Calcium With Vitamin D3

Support bone health with this supplement that provides vitamin D and calcium.
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Bone health is important for older men. This vitamin contains both vitamin D3 and calcium, which can help maintain healthy bones. The dose for this supplement is one to two pills a day — note that you'll need to take each pill with food and water.

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Each pill provides half of your DV of vitamin D3 and 46 percent of your DV of calcium.

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Rite Aid ($18.99); Nature Made ($15.79)

5. Best Vitamin B12 Supplement: Pure Encapsulations Methylcobalamin 1,000 mcg

This supplement is a budget-friendly source of vitamin B12.
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Many older adults fall short on vitamin B12, as changes to the acids present in the stomach can make it hard to extract from food. This is one of the brands Shapiro recommends, noting that it's third-party tested.

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Amazon ($43.15); Vitacost ($17.25)

6. Best Magnesium Supplement: Life Extension Magnesium Caps

Older adults who are not taking a multi might fall short on this important mineral.
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If you, like many Americans, are falling short on magnesium, this supplement will provide 119 percent of your DV. It's a vegetarian and gluten-free option and has been highly ranked by ConsumerLab.

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Amazon ($24.60 for 270 pills); iHerb ($9 for 100 pills)

What Should a 60-Year-Old Man Look for in a Supplement?

Multivitamin

Your best bet is to get the vitamins and minerals you need through food, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Still, dietary restrictions or an unbalanced diet can make taking a daily multivitamin a good idea.

Plus, older people can sometimes struggle to absorb vitamins, per the NIA, which makes supplements a good fit. Choose a multivitamin that contains the micronutrients that older men require — those include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and potassium, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Tip

Talk with your doctor before starting a new supplement.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat ("healthy" fat) — these types of fat may help ward off heart disease and stroke by reducing blood pressure, raising HDL cholesterol and lowering triglycerides, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

Taking omega-3 fatty acids is good for brain and heart health, Shapiro says.

A diet high in omega-3s is linked to lower rates of cognitive decline, per the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. There's some debate over the benefits of omega-3 supplements, but Harvard Health Publishing notes they're recommended for people who do not get fish in their diet and people with high triglycerides and a history of heart disease. Black people may also benefit from supplementing with omega-3, per Harvard Health Publishing.

Saw Palmetto

With age, it's common for the prostate to start to enlarge. This condition is referred to as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and it can cause issues with urination and ejaculation, as well as an increase in urinary tract infections, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Saw palmetto might help offset some of these BPH symptoms, per Memorial Sloan Cancer Center.

Vitamin D and Calcium

Older adults may struggle to absorb vitamin D, which is important for healthy bones, according to the Mayo Clinic. Men between the ages of 51 and 70 should aim to get 600 IU a day, according to the NIA. Those over 70 should try to get 800 IU.

If you take a multivitamin, you will likely get the required amount, or more, and will not need an additional supplement.

When it comes to calcium, a multivitamin doesn't usually require your full daily value. You'll want "calcium to keep your bones from getting weak," Shapiro says. The recommended daily value for calcium for men ages 51 to 70 is 1,000 milligrams a day, according to the NIA.

Vitamin B12

It gets harder to absorb vitamin B12 with age, Shapiro says. That's because older adults may lack a certain acid in their stomach, which stops them from absorbing this important vitamin through food, per the ODS.

This vitamin helps keep your cells healthy. Aim to get 2.4 micrograms a day, according to the ODS. If you're taking a multi, you may get that amount of vitamin B12 through it and won't need additional supplements.

Magnesium

Most Americans don't get enough magnesium — that's particularly true for men aged 71 and older, according to the ODS.

"Magnesium is important if you are deficient to help with muscle and sleep," Shapiro says.

The recommended daily allowance for this mineral for men over age 51 is 420 milligrams a day, per the ODS. If you're taking a multi, it may provide sufficient magnesium.

How to Choose and Take a Supplement

The vitamin aisle can be an overwhelming space. Plus, it's important to note oversight in this industry is slim — that means, manufacturers can make extravagant claims on the package. As you browse options, here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Choose reputable brands.‌ ​Look on the label to see if it's been tested by a third party, such as the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).
  • ​Avoid ingredients as needed.‌​ If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, check the ingredient list to make sure the supplement doesn't contain anything that's off-limits.
  • Follow the dosage instructions.‌ Overdoing it on vitamins isn't good for your health, so follow the instructions on the label. It's also wise to check in with your health care provider before starting to take any supplements — in some cases, there can be interactions with other medications, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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