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10 Important Vitamins for Men's Health


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Vitamin B-6
Who doesn't want good brain health? Vitamin B-6 can help provide it.
Who doesn't want good brain health? Vitamin B-6 can help provide it.
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Vitamin B-6 is the multitasking vitamin that works with fellow B-complex vitamins, on its own and with other vitamins to handle nearly all aspects of the body. Vitamin B-6, combined with B-12 and folic acid, helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that increases risk of stroke, osteoporosis, depression, dementia, macular degeneration and blood vessel disease. It also promotes the health of the brain, cardiovascular systems and bones. It can even help improve your mood and lower colon cancer rates [source: Mayo Clinic].

For men prone to kidney stones, vitamin B-6 works in combination with magnesium to decrease risk. It's also easy to find in proteins like beef and chicken, as well as in bananas, garbanzo beans, potatoes and fortified cereals and grains.

Supplementation is common, but quantity is important as overdoses can lead to changes in nerve function [source: OFDC]. As with all vitamins, it's important not to overindulge in the hope of warding off cancer or disease. Rather, talk with a doctor before taking anything over the recommended daily dosage.

Whether it's by getting outdoors, eating the right foods or taking supplements, these vitamins can help men stay healthy and happy.


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