Though all humans require vitamins, minerals and supplements for good health, the types and amounts may vary between men and women due to differing hormone levels, pregnancy and menopause.

Here are five men’s vitamin health supplements that are important for a healthy body.

Niacin - is a form of vitamin B3 that is essential for the maintenance of energy in the body. It helps to convert carbohydrates from food into glucose, which is burned to produce energy. Niacin also helps men metabolize fats and proteins and is an important vitamin for proper functioning of the nervous system. Men need at least 16 mg but no more than 35 mg of niacin per day.

Folic Acid - is important in the list of men's health supplements as it helps prevent clogged arteries and encourages blood flow to the brain by restricting the levels of homocysteine in the blood. High levels of homocysteine have been linked to Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. A study in Sweden determined that patients with Alzheimer’s have a higher degree of folic acid deficiency than people without the disease. Men need approximately 400 to 500 mcg per day, so look for a vitamin carrying these amounts.

Selenium - is a leading nutrient in the prevention of prostate, colon and lung cancers. Men should take 200 mcg per day and more when ill. A good natural source of selenium is the Brazil nut, which carries 100 mcg per nut.

Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) - found in fish oil can reduce triglycerides, elevate HDL cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.  These healthy fats may also lower risks of colon and prostate cancer, reduce inflammation in the body and enhance cognitive performance. Natural sources are salmon and tuna.

Lutein - is important to eye health. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the primary cause of vision loss in elderly adults. Research suggests that higher levels of lutein may reduce the risks of AMD and cataracts or slow the progression once the disease is established.

Are you taking any of these vitamins, minerals or supplements?

Learn more about vitamins for men at The Institute for Vibrant Living!