- Even those who identify as super fit might have some blind spots when it comes to nutrition—thanks to factors like genetics, dietary preferences, and more.
- Fortunately, that’s where a multivitamin can lend some support. Your best bet? Choose one that keeps men’s specific needs in mind, since your needs are slightly different from women. In other words: One size doesn’t always fit all.
Let’s be real. Whether you identify as really fit or even just healthyish, you may have some blind spots around nutrition. Hey—no one’s perfect. In fact, you might find comfort in knowing that you’re definitely not alone: According to recent data, men are falling short on key nutrients like magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and more. So, what gives? (1,2)
To be clear, Ritual believes in a “Food First” philosophy—that is, you should be aiming to meet the bulk of your daily nutrient needs via a balanced diet. But for certain nutrients, even a great diet can fall short, simply because there are other things that come into play. Factors like genetic variations, dietary restrictions, and other lifestyle preferences can all have an impact on our nutrient intake. And that’s why multivitamins can be important: to help fill nutrient gaps in your diet.
Still, not all multivitamins are created equal. From our POV, a quality multivitamin should have your nutrient needs in mind, with forms that your body can actually use—no shady extras or unnecessary ingredients; no “more is more” approach to nutrients, which can actually get in the way of absorption.
Want an example? While iron plays a really important role in supporting blood health, most men actually get adequate amounts of it through diet alone—and overdoing it on iron can ultimately have a negative impact. Women, on the other hand, need a little more help in the iron department, which is why we recommend that they look for a quality form of iron in their multivitamin. Guys, however? You can probably skip iron in your multi. (3)
On the flip side, women are more likely to meet their vitamin A and zinc needs through their daily diets, while men need a little extra. You can see where we’re going with this: We recommend that men look for vitamin A and zinc in their daily multivitamin. (2)
All in all, we’ve pored over thousands of studies to identify how nutrient needs shift throughout stages of life—the common gaps, the genetic considerations, the impact of different diets. With all that in mind, our science team has identified 10 key nutrients to look for in a men’s multivitamin. Class is in session below.