BORON TO PROTECT YOUR PROSTATE
Tip: It’s not in every store, but GNC carries it. If you can’t find it, eat raisins and almonds.
CALCIUM TO LOSE WEIGHT AND STRENGTHEN BONES
Tip: If you already eat three servings of dairy a day, you won’t need the excess calcium. There’s a risk you may exceed the maximum intake of 2,500 mg.
CHROMIUM TO WARD OFF DIABETES
Tip: If you already are diabetic, ask your doctor if you should take 200 mcg, Anderson says.
COENZYME Q10 TO BOOST ENERGY
Tip: If you’re taking statins, which can reduce Q10, consider upping your intake to 200 mg.
CREATINE TO BOOST MUSCLE AND MEMORY
Tip: Some men don’t respond to creatine by itself. Mixing it with large amounts of sugar can help turn nonresponders into responders.
FOLIC ACID TO CUT ALZHEIMER’S RISK
Tip: Certain heartburn medications, such as Tagamet, can deplete levels of folic acid.
GLUCOSAMINE TO GREASE YOUR JOINTS
Tip: Rubbing a cream made with glucosamine on a sore joint may relieve pain, according to an Australian study.
OMEGA-3S TO PROTECT YOUR HEART
Tip: Our favorite is Omega Brite, an especially pure brand that comes in 500-mg gelcaps, so you’re not popping pills all day. Take omega-3s with meals so you don’t burp up a fish scent.
SELENIUM TO FIGHT OFF CANCER
Tip: Nature’s selenium supplement is the Brazil nut, which has 100 mcg per nut.
VITAMIN E TO SLOW THE EFFECTS OF AGING
Tip: Buy natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) rather than synthetic (dl-alpha tocopherol), which is harder for the body to put to use.
Looking for a good multivitamin? Swallow one of these
You still need to take a multivitamin. It’s one of the best ways to reduce your risk of a number of ills, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Our favorite? Centrum Silver, which contains 100 percent of your recommended intake of 16 core nutrients, along with additional doses of 15 other disease fighters–such as lycopene, lutein, and selenium. (Ignore the “for adults 50+” on the label–it’s great for men of all ages.)
An added bonus: Unlike other multis, Centrum Silver is free of iron–a mineral that can increase some men’s risk of heart disease and Parkinson’s disease. Our backup choice, One A Day Men’s Health Formula, comes close, with higher doses of some of the basics but without a few of the extras in Centrum Silver.