The range of choices available in the multivitamin market has never been as varied as it is today. Some options are easy to choose between but some can be confusing. More and more we are seeing multivitamins that have been tailored for men or women. Is this really necessary? After all we are all human beings! None of the other food and medicine we consume is designed only for one of the genders. So do we really need to select a multivitamin according to our gender or is it just a marketing gimmick? If we take a vitamin tablet designed for the opposite sex will it cause harm?
How Do Male and Female’s Nutrition Needs Differ?
The place to start is to consider how male and female bodies differ. Although very similar in lots of ways there are definite differences. Our reproductive systems are obviously different and therefore have different nutritional requirement and suffer from different diseases. There are other physical differences too. For example, men usually tend to have more muscle mass than women.
In practice this means that a multivitamin aimed at women will typically have extra Iron to compensate for that which is lost during menstruation.
However men are more susceptible to accumulating excess Iron so their multivitamins will not have extra Iron. A woman who is pregnant will need Folic Acid as it helps with the babies development and prevents birth defects. Since almost half of all pregnancies are unplanned, women’s multivitamins usually contain Folic …