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Men Over 50: Here’s What to Look for in a Quality Multivitamin

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Men over 50: Here's what to look for in a multivitamin tailored to your life stage.
Men over 50: Here's what to look for in a multivitamin tailored to your life stage.

What’s “healthy aging?” We define it as supporting wellbeing with good habits and good nutrition as the years go by—all so that you can continue living your life as you see fit, whether you’re 28 or 68.*

But that also means acknowledging the fact that nutrient needs change over time, which is where a multivitamin that’s designed for your age can really come in handy. And that’s exactly what we had in mind when we formulated Essential for Men 50+.

While our 50+ men’s multivitamin boasts the same nutrient roster as Essential for Men 18+, the dosage amounts are refined to reflect the common dietary gaps that many men over 50 experience—as well as nutrient support for bone health, for example. Let’s dig into the specifics, shall we?*

Formulated with bone health in mind

As we age, lending our bones a little nutrient support may be a good idea. But here’s the thing: Loading up on calcium in a multivitamin isn’t necessarily the answer. We’ve found that most men can get enough calcium from their diets, but there are other unsung heroes that aid with supporting bone health, too—like vitamin D3, magnesium, boron, and vitamin K2. These “helper” nutrients play an important role in supporting calcium from the food we eat, which is why we focus on them in our multivitamins.*

In other words: Calcium might like to take all the credit, but we like to look at the big picture when it comes to bone health. With this in mind, Essential for Men 50+ contains slightly more of some calcium “helper” nutrients—specifically, magnesium and vitamin K2—than our 18+ formula.*

Men over 50 have different dietary gaps

When it comes to nutrients like omega-3 DHA, vitamin A, zinc, and vitamin D, men 18 and up have pretty similar gaps—which is why we include the same amounts of these ingredients in both Essential for Men 18+ and Essential for Men 50+. But when it comes to some other nutrients, research shows that more men over 50 are falling behind.* (1)

Magnesium is a great example. This essential nutrient doesn’t just lend support when it comes to maintaining bone health—it also supports normal muscle function. The caveat? About 59% of men over 50 are not getting enough magnesium from their diet, leaving about a 20% gap in intake. (Compare that to 53% of men under 50.) That’s why we include more magnesium in Essential for Men 50+.* (1)

We also include higher amounts of folate and vitamin B12. Both are essential members of the B-vitamin complex that lend support to red blood cell formation and our DNA, but adults over 50 may have a harder time getting enough of these nutrients from their food due to diet, lifestyle, and genetic factors.*

The bottom line

You deserve a multivitamin that was formulated with specific life stages and nutrient needs in mind—and that’s exactly what drove our decision-making as we developed Essential for Men 50+. In other words, we take the guesswork out of your multivitamin—one less thing for you to worry about as you get out there and tackle life the way you want.*

References:

  1. USDA. Usual Nutrient Intake from Food and Beverages, by Gender and Age, What We Eat in America, NHANES 2015-2016.

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What happens when a Harvard trained physiologist, a biochemist, and a registered dietician walk into a lab? The answer: Ritual multivitamins.

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Dr. Nima Alamdari, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Nima Alamdari is Chief Scientific Officer at Ritual. He was previously faculty at Harvard University where he researched muscle metabolism in health and disease. He received a PhD in Muscle Physiology and a First Degree in Biochemistry from The University of Nottingham in the UK. He has authored many original articles in top international peer-reviewed journals and presented at world-leading international conferences.

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Dr. Nima Alamdari, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Nima Alamdari is Chief Scientific Officer at Ritual. He was previously faculty at Harvard University where he researched muscle metabolism in health and disease. He received a PhD in Muscle Physiology and a First Degree in Biochemistry from The University of Nottingham in the UK. He has authored many original articles in top international peer-reviewed journals and presented at world-leading international conferences.

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Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD, Senior Director, Scientific Affairs

Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and is a Registered Dietitian. She received her training from Penn State University and University of Connecticut where she researched dietary patterns, chemosensory perception and community nutrition. Her dietetic work is focused on promoting healthy eating habits by translating the science of nutrition into practical information for the public.

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Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD, Senior Director, Scientific Affairs

Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and is a Registered Dietitian. She received her training from Penn State University and University of Connecticut where she researched dietary patterns, chemosensory perception and community nutrition. Her dietetic work is focused on promoting healthy eating habits by translating the science of nutrition into practical information for the public.

Dr. Luke Bucci

Dr. Luke Bucci, Ph.D, CCN, CNS, Research and Technical Fellow

Dr. Luke Bucci received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Texas and has over thirty years of experience in the nutrition industry, encompassing all aspects of scientific applications. He has brought blockbuster products to market, written books, patents and numerous articles, and developed certification programs for clinical nutritionists.

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Dr. Luke Bucci, Ph.D, CCN, CNS, Research and Technical Fellow

Dr. Luke Bucci received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Texas and has over thirty years of experience in the nutrition industry, encompassing all aspects of scientific applications. He has brought blockbuster products to market, written books, patents and numerous articles, and developed certification programs for clinical nutritionists.