Men’s vs. Women’s Multivitamins


Why Gender-Specific Multivitamins Make Sense
By Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS, GNC Medical Advisor

Should Men And Women Take Different Vitamins?

In short, yes – men and women have unique nutrient needs. You may have heard of the Recommended Dietary Allowance or RDA. The RDA are guidelines set forth by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. The purpose of the guidelines is to share how much of each vitamin and mineral most of us need in a day. The RDA guidelines vary by gender and age, because men and women require different levels of nutrients. If the recommended intake for some nutrients differ between men and women, it only makes sense that multivitamins should, too.

Men And Women Have Unique Priorities

When it comes to nutritional needs, one size does not fit all. The RDA that I discussed above proves that. But it’s not only the RDA that is different between men and women; health concerns and what’s important to each vary between genders, too. For example, women tend to lose bone density at a faster rate than men after age 30 and may benefit from a multivitamin that provides more calcium. Men, on the other hand, tend to prioritize muscle health. Some health concerns, such as immune health and antioxidant support are important to both sexes. The best multivitamin for you, is the one that provides support for the concerns you care about.

Let’s see what to look for in multivitamins for men’s health and multivitamins for women’s health.
Comparison Chart showing Differences Between Men’s vs. Women’s Multivitamins

Can Men Take Women’s Multivitamins And Vice Versa?

No, it’s recommended to stick to men’s multivitamin and women’s multivitamin formulas given men’s and women’s different nutrient needs. The nutritional guidelines that these multivitamin formulations are referring to are based on extensively researched nutritional science. The amounts and types of nutrients formulated can provide important gender-specific benefits.

Men And Women Should Have Unique Vitamins

Taking a multivitamin can help your nutritional intake align with what nutritional guidelines suggest. Since guidelines for men and women differ, a gender-specific multi meant to meet those unique needs makes sense.

The team of PhD researchers, nutrition scientists and registered dietitians at GNC understand the unique health concerns and differences between men and women. They crafted multivitamin formulas based on the most up-to-date science with the best combination of nutrients to target these concerns so that you can be your best and LIVE WELL.
Dr. Maroon
By Dr. Maroon
Dr. Joseph C. Maroon. M.D. is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and Expert in Nutrition and Sports Medicine

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