Consider Taking: A multivitamin with Vitamin B complex and Vitamin D
In theory, a guy’s diet should be good enough to get all your requisite macros and micronutrients. But in the case you don’t, a multivitamin can be a great “safety net,” McCune says. “They’re relatively inexpensive for what you get.” And make sure you find a multi with a Vitamin B complex, since they “help regulate the nervous system and make sure that your body effectively metabolizes carbs, protein, and fat,” Bogden says.
But even if you opt not to take a multi, prioritize Vitamin D supplements. “Almost every cell in the body has a receptor for Vitamin D, so it plays a huge role in nervous system, bone health, and immune function,” Bogden says. “Active guys tend to notice a positive difference in how they feel overall. Vitamin D seems to stabilize how your body functions.”
When to take: In the morning. Vitamin D may inhibit melatonin production, Bogden says, which could disrupt your sleep cycle.
Recommended amount: Any good multivitamin has a recommended daily amount. Supplements around 2,000 I.U.s are standard.
You should know: McCune recommends taking multivitamins that come in packs, rather than those that try to pack everything into a single pill. “Each of those ingredients will be more stable in its own medium,” he says.