Experts say most men can get the 8 mg of iron they need per day from diet, and reviews recommend One-A-Day Men's Health Formula multis because they contain no iron. The multivitamin also contains 3,500 IU of vitamin A, 14 percent as beta-carotene; 700 IU of vitamin D; 210 mg of calcium; and 22.5 IU of vitamin E. Men's Health Formula contains 157 percent of the recommended DV of selenium, which Bayer once asserted may improve prostate health. After litigation claimed deceptive advertising, Bayer was forced to pay a fine late last year and remove that statement from its advertising.
The amount of iron is a major difference between men's and women's vitamins; because premenopausal women lose iron during menstruation, reviewers suggest they try One-A-Day Women's (*Est. $7 for 50 tablets) that contains 18 mg of iron. If you're over 50, reviews recommend Centrum Silver Adults 50+ (*Est. $9 for 100 tablets).
The One-A-Day Men's Health Formula passed a recent multivitamin test by ConsumerLab.com. Besides this scientific evaluation, the best source of information about the product comes from user reviews. The Center for Science in the Public Interest doesn't test the multi, but does provide information on the supposed benefits of selenium. The free section of ConsumerReports.org's coverage says you can count on acceptable quality with brand-name or store-label multivitamins. User reviews are helpful for determining ease of use and side effects. Some note difficulty swallowing One-A-Day Men's Health Formula because it's a large pill.
1. Consumer Lab
One-A-Day Men's Health Formula is analyzed in ConsumerLab.com's latest round of testing. Full details are available to subscribers.
Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review, Editors of ConsumerLab.com, June 28, 2011
2. Center for Science in the Public Interest
This advocacy group alleges that Bayer Healthcare is misleading consumers about the benefits of selenium in One-A-Day Men's Health Formula. CSPI says scientific evidence shows that selenium doesn't prevent prostate cancer. Bayer says it's changing its advertising.
Review: Bayer Ads Misleading Men About Prostate Cancer, Says CSPI, Editors of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, June 18, 2009
3. Men's Health
The online version of the popular magazine lists the top 10 supplements men should consume for specific health needs. Among them are multivitamins, with One-A-Day Men's Health Formula being called a backup choice.
Review: The Top 10 Supplements for Men, Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, Not dated
The free introduction to this report is really all most people need to know. It says store-brand multivitamins work just as well as their pricier name-brand counterparts, and that getting vitamins and minerals from whole foods is best.
Review: Multivitamins, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Sept. 2010
About 70 users give One-A-Day Men's Health Formula a high average score, although a few say the size of the pill makes it tough to swallow.
Review: One-A-Day Mens Health Formula, Contributors to NutritionalTree.com, As of Feb. 2012