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Best Supplements for Men Over 40

Gentlemen, you probably don't need us to tell you that as you get older, your body needs a little extra support and nutrition. Your libido might not be raring to go like it was when you were in high school, college, or even your 30s. Maybe your bones are beginning to feel a little creaky. And you can't bring the groceries inside in one trip. (Hey, no judgment here.)

In this blog, we're going to round up the best multivitamins and supplements for men over 40, to help you stay energetic, promote longevity, and prepare you to tackle every day with a little more pep in your step.

Let's go!

Should men over 40 take vitamins and supplements?

You probably already know the answer to this question. It's a resounding yes! In general, most people will need supplementation to protect their well-being.

For starters, especially with the standard American diet (not-so-ironic acronym: "SAD"), it's really hard to get all of the nutrients you need. Even if you're the healthiest eater in the world, you're likely still deficient in something. We can trace this all the way back to the soil that grows the ingredients that make the food we eat. It's not nearly as healthy and nutrient-dense as it was "back in the day." As a result, neither is our food. (Not-so-fun fact: In 2020, Forbes wrote that 33% of the earth's soil was already degraded. Yikes.)

Then, you have to factor in that, plain and simple, your body's needs change and become more demanding over time. The food and physical activity that made you feel incredible at 30 might not do the job at 40—and that's okay! This is part of being human and getting older.

We're not trying to be an even bigger buzzkill, but we'd be remiss if we didn't at least mention the dreaded "male menopause." Typically starting in their late 40s, some men can start to experience changes to their mood, sex drive, body composition (less muscle mass and fat redistribution), energy levels, and even a drop-off in their ability to focus and sleep through the night.

So, you can probably see why self-care is so important to men's health—that means a nourishing, nutrient-dense diet, plenty of physical activity and supplements.

Benefits of taking supplements at 40

Next, let’s talk more specifically about how dietary supplements can help men stay healthy as they age.

  • Supporting prostate health:

    The prostate—a walnut-sized gland—can increase in size as you age. When this happens, the prostate can then press up against the bladder and urethra (the tube through which urine exits the body). This may mean urinating isn't the same as it used to be—you might be going more often, or your patterns may change. Supporting prostate health with supplements that promote normal prostate size and urinary patterns can really save the day here (and the night…if waking up to urinate has been an issue)!
  • A better sex life:

    A drop-off in libido can make bedroom time less fun than it used to be—and sometimes even frustrating. This happens to both men and women with age, so it's nothing to be ashamed of. But certain supplements come in handy when it comes to your sex drive, performance and function.
  • A strong heart:

    As we get older, it becomes particularly important to be proactive about heart health. Changes in the electrical system can change your heartbeat, and your blood flow and arterial thickness may not be the same as they were when you were younger. Certain supplements can support your heart's healthy function and healthy blood pressure—so you can stay young at heart (literally!).
  • Stronger bones and muscles:

    As men age, building and maintaining muscle mass may seem like more of an uphill battle. And the downsides of this are not just how you look in a bathing suit. Combine weaker muscles with age-related decline in bone health, and it's no wonder that more than 25% of people 65 years and up fall each year.
  • Balanced hormonal health:

    A man's total testosterone levels falls by about 1.6% each year. Bioavailable (meaning the testosterone that your body can actually use) levels fall by about 2% to 3% each year. This happens due to a decrease in both testicular and hypothalamic-pituitary function. Supplementation can help! Supplements that support healthy testosterone not only boost your current free testosterone levels but can actually encourage your body to produce and use more testosterone all on its own.

The 10 best supplements for men over 40

Now that you know a little more about why men over 40 need supplementation and exactly how supplements can improve your overall health as you age, let's talk in more detail about the top supplements for men that you might want to consider taking!

1. Saw palmetto—for your prostate

Saw palmetto extract is beneficial to men's health because it contains the compound beta-sitosterol, which has been studied for its support of normal urinary function and overall prostate health.

2. Sexual support supplements—for intimacy

Male Vascular Sexual Support is formulated with an extract of Kaempferia parviflora that may boost male sexual function and supports the male sexual response by encouraging blood flow. It does this by inhibiting an enzyme that negatively impacts male sexual function.

3. Testosterone—for muscle mass, strength and more

As mentioned earlier, testosterone levels decline with age. This hormone plays a role not just in sexual function but also in bone mass, muscle mass, strength, and beyond. Supporting this hormone over time is vital for your overall health, and that's why testosterone-boosting supplements can be your ally.

By the way, we're talking about supplements that support the body's testosterone production and youthful free testosterone levels—for example, the botanical extracts from pomegranate, cacao and luteolin are known to do exactly that—not actual "testosterone" in a supplement.

You can get these first three supplements together in our Men's Vitality Pack!

4. Vitamin D—for whole-body health

We've spent a lot of time talking about sexual function. But that's not the only thing to consider as you age. You now know that as we collect years, our bones become weaker, and our hearts might have a harder time doing their job. This is where vitamin D can really come in handy.

Vitamin D offers a number of benefits. It keeps your bones healthy, supports your heart health and blood vessels, helps to maintain already-healthy blood pressure, boosts cognitive function, and gives the immune system a little kick in the tush.

Our bodies produce more vitamin D when we spend time out in the sun. Unfortunately, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. It might be no surprise, then, that about 35% of American adults are deficient in vitamin D. Don't be one of them—supplement with vitamin D! Your immune system, skeletal frame, heart, and brain will thank you for it.

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5. Protein powder—for muscle and bone strength

To really encourage bone and muscle health, consider using a protein powder if you're having a harder time getting what you need through food alone. Protein powder is an easier way to sneak in more of this important macronutrient. Try drinking a shake post-workout to enhance your muscle-building efforts.

6. Vitamin B12—for your brain and more

Vitamin B12 is important for your brain health and cognition, red blood cell production, nerve health, DNA synthesis, and healthy homocysteine levels. So, you want to make sure you have enough.

If you're already eating enough animal-based or fortified foods, then your vitamin B12 levels might be okay. More specifically, fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products are a great source of vitamin B12. Otherwise, if you mostly eat a plant-based diet, you might want to think of supplementing—especially as you age, because age-related digestive challenges can inhibit absorption.

Keep in mind that there are a number of B vitamins. Thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and biotin (B7) are all examples of B vitamins. There are also B-complex multivitamins that carry a combination of them and offer benefits for brain, mood, energy, metabolism and more.

7. Vitamin C—for skin, immune and heart health

We often take vitamin C—also known as ascorbic acid— for immune support. However, it does more than this! In fact, vitamin C helps you at the cellular level. Yes, it helps to protect your cells and keep them healthy as you age! Vitamin C also plays a role in the health of your skin, blood vessels, cartilage, and bones—all things that can struggle as Father Time does his thing.

Don't settle for just any old supplement, because here's the problem: there's only so much vitamin C that your body can absorb and use at one time. Liposomal vitamin C combats this hurdle by staying in your system for up to 24 hours.

8. Multivitamin—to cover your bases

If you're looking for something more robust and all-encompassing, a multivitamin might be what you need. Look for one that contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, magnesium, zinc, and boron at a minimum. Our twice-daily multivitamin is jam-packed with more than 25 vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

We want to stress that a multivitamin—or any supplement, for that matter—is not a replacement for a nutrient-dense diet with plenty of nourishing ingredients and foods. That said, a daily multivitamin can pick up the slack where nutrition falls short.

9. Antioxidants—to fight free radicals

Have you ever heard of free radicals? These are atoms, molecules or ions that can damage your cells, leading to aging. In fact, research has linked damage from free radicals to changes in your heart, immune and cognitive function, joint health and more—even your vision. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes can help fight off these free radicals, because these foods contain lots of antioxidants.

Supplementing with antioxidants (vitamin C, mentioned previously, is a particularly powerful one) is an extra measure to help keep you strong, healthy, and protected from free radicals.

10. Omega-3—for brain health and beyond

Research tells us that omega-3 fatty acids are potential key nutrients when it comes to keeping your brain sharp and your joints happy. Omega-3 fatty acids support heart health and help keep your triglyceride levels healthy. If you eat cold-water fish like salmon, trout and halibut multiple times per week, you might already be getting enough omega-3s in your diet. Otherwise, an omega-3 EPA/DHA fish oil is a good choice.

We know that aging isn't easy. Every year seems to bring some new "surprise." But with smart lifestyle choices and the right multivitamins and other supplements, you can feel good, look good, and be good today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

Psst! Not sure what dietary supplements you might need? Take our quiz and find out!

About the Author: Megan Grant has a degree in communications from University of Michigan. She has been writing professionally for 15 years, with a focus on nutrition, fitness, and general health. A lifelong competitive athlete, she's fascinated by how the human body responds to food and movement.

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