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Do Men and Women Need Different Vitamins?


Do Men and Women Need Different Vitamins?


The right balance of vitamins is essential for a healthy body, but are there any differences between what vitamins women and men should take?


It’s not quite as simple as saying there’s one perfect vitamin for all men and another for every woman. The simple fact is that everyone – irrespective of sex – has their own unique needs. Everyone is exposed to different amounts of sunlight, gets different nutrients from their diet, and has a different gut make-up, meaning they could have insufficient levels of completely different vitamins.


However, there are some issues that typically affect men more than women – and women, in particular, can need extra vitamin support at different times in their lives – not least of all during pregnancy.


What Vitamins Should Everyone Take?


There are some vitamins that everyone needs in order to stay healthy. If you follow a plant-based diet, you might find it harder to get some of these nutrients from your food, which is where vitamin supplements can help. As a good starting point, everyone needs:


  • Vitamin A to support eye and immune system health*
  • Vitamin B12 to keep the blood and nervous system healthy†
  • Vitamin C to help with the function of bones, skin, and teeth‡
  • Vitamin D to regulate calcium levels in the blood, supporting bone health as a result§


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There are also some essential minerals that everyone needs to keep their bodies healthy. For example, magnesium supplements can have a wide variety of benefits, including regulating muscle, meaning it could potentially boost your performance when exercising.± Our Whole Food Magnesium Powder makes it easy for you to add extra magnesium to your diet – its benefits include helping to reduce stress and tiredness, and it’s easy to add to shakes.



It’s also important to get enough zinc, as this mineral plays an important role in helping the body to process carbohydrates, protein and fat into energy.


Vitamins for Men


Find out more about which vitamins men should take…


What Vitamins Should Men Take?


Every guy is different, so the vitamins each man needs will vary. However, there are some issues that tend to affect men more than women, and acid reflux is one of them.


The gut and the immune system are closely linked – in fact, the majority of a person’s immune system is thought to live in their digestive system, where many antibodies are produced. Explore our full range of microbiome supplements.


Vitamins for Women


Read on to learn more about which vitamins are recommended for women…


What Vitamins Should Women Take?


When it comes to vitamins that are especially important for women, the obvious place to begin is iron. Women who experience particularly heavy periods are at a higher risk of developing iron insufficiency, necessitating the need for iron supplements.


Similarly, women can also stand to benefit from vitamin B12 – especially when pregnant. Since B12 is vital for nervous system and the production of red blood cells, it can play an important role in supporting the development of the foetus during pregnancy.


Like men, women may also choose to take microbiome supplements to support their gut, as well as vaginal, health. It’s believed that microbiomes can help to combat conditions such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.


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* Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal vision; Vitamin A contributes to the normal function of the immune system


† Vitamin B12 contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system; Vitamin B12 contributes to normal red blood cell formation


‡ Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of teeth, skin, and bones


§ Vitamin D contributes to normal blood calcium levels


± Magnesium contributes to normal muscle function

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