Men's health: How to adjust supplements as you age

Most of us like to think we’ll have the same body in our 50s as we did in our 20s. Time to face facts: we won’t! Dietitian Lola Biggs works with Together Health, a family-run company that produces natural, high-quality supplements. Here Lola fills us in on the most helpful supplements for men at different ages…

In your 20s…

Daily multivitamin

In your vibrant 20s, a healthy diet is rarely top of your list. Your priority is probably going out and having fun and your body seems to cope with it!

A daily multivitamin and mineral can be a good insurance against nutrient deficiencies and provide a top-up of skin-loving nutrients such as zinc and biotin, as well as B vitamins to support your day-to-day energy.

Lola recommends: Together Multi Vit and Mineral, £9.49 for 30 capsules.

 

Omega-3s

Lingering teenage acne can mean clear skin is a concern in your 20s. As well as skin-supporting vitamins and minerals, you’ll benefit from plenty of omega-3 fats to help balance your hormones, keep your skin hydrated and keep down angry acne inflammation.

Oily fish are a great source of omega-3s, but for a top-up—or if you're vegan, vegetarian or don’t eat fish—add in an algae-based, vegan-friendly omega-3 supplement.

Lola recommends: Together Omega-3, £13.99 for 30 capsules.

 

In your 30s…

Stress support

When you enter your more responsible 30s, stress can start to catch up with you. Your job can be more pressured, yet pulling all-nighters now leaves you feeling exhausted the next day. And you may be coping with the demands of family life and a mortgage to boot!

A daily stress support supplement can help bust stress and maintain your energy.

Lola recommends: Together Stress Aid, £9.99 for 30 capsules.

 

Magnesium

As well as being a vital nutrient at times of stress, magnesium is essential for your muscles, for energy, for recovery after exercise and for great sleep.

Loading up on dark green leafy veg and eating nuts and seeds will help you get enough of this mineral—but now is a great time to start taking a magnesium supplement too.

Lola recommends: Together Magnesium, £6.99 for 30 capsules.

 

In your 40s…

Men’s multivitamin

In your 40s, signs of ageing can start to appear and men’s testosterone levels can change, contributing to symptoms such as male pattern baldness and weight gain.

This is a good time to start taking a targeted men’s multivitamin with specific nutrients to support balanced testosterone levels, help prevent hair loss and support prostate health too.

Lola recommends: Together Men’s Multi, £10.99 for 30 capsules.

 

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an amazing herb. It’s classed as an "adaptogen" in herbal medicine and can support energy and stamina, protecting against the effects of stress.

It’s said to have anti-ageing properties too—including, for men, helping maintain healthy testosterone levels and boost libido.

Lola recommends: Together Ashwagandha, £9.99 for 30 capsules.

 

In later life…

Through your 50s and beyond, continuing with your men’s multivitamin and either magnesium or ashwagandha can help maintain your "T" levels. In addition, you could try:

Co Q10

Heart health is a priority for men as they approach mid-life. A heart-healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise is most important here, of course.

his can be a great time to start taking coenzyme Q10—also known as Co Q10—a heart-friendly, energy-supporting antioxidant.

Lola recommends: Together Bio-Co Q10, £9.99 for 30 capsules.

 

Joint support

Niggling aches and pains can be increasingly common too—with knees often suffering the most!

Plant extracts such as curcumin and Boswelliaa can help keep inflammation and pain at bay so you can stay active.

Lola recommends: Together Joint Aid, £9.99 for 30 capsules.

 

Together Health is available from Holland & Barrett, Planet Organic, Ocado, Wholefoods and Revital stores and online