Recommended Vitamins & Minerals for Men Over 60

Updated April 17, 2017

Men over 60 need special nutritional supplements to achieve optimum health. Supplements like antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage, vitamin E for cardiovascular health, minerals like Iron and magnesium, lycopene for prostate health and B vitamins for cell energy processes.

Vitamin C

Take 500mg of Ester C with bioflavanoids twice daily. (Ester C is the stomach friendly version of vitamin C). Due to the antioxidant and immune-enhancing capability of vitamin C, taking it can help prevent the damage done by free-radicals. It can also reduce a man's risk of dying from heart disease or cancer.

Vitamin E

Include 400 internal units (IU) of natural vitamin E in your daily supplement regimen. Vitamin E is considered one of the anti-ageing, antioxidant vitamins that aid in preventing age-related memory loss. It can also reduce the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease.

Iron and Magnesium

Include iron and magnesium in your daily supplement regimen. Iron deficiency can be common in men over 60 and a deficiency in iron can impair immune function as well as attribute to the likelihood of developing Restless Leg Syndrome. The recommended daily intake of Iron for men is 15- to 25-mg per day. Magnesium, taken at 200- to 400-mg daily, assures you are getting enough magnesium necessary for nerve function and energy metabolism.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Taking 600-mg of the antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid daily is proven to benefit men suffering from memory loss and possible dementia. It is also beneficial in treating diabetic related nerve pain.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are frequently found to be deficient in men over 60, particularly B12 and folic acid. B vitamins are necessary for healthy nerves and adding 100mg of a high-potency B complex, which includes 400 to 800mcg of Folic acid, can also help support brain function.


Lycopene is an antioxidant caretonoid naturally found in foods such as pumpkins, spinach, tomatoes and carrots. The daily supplementation of 8- to 10-mg of Lycopene offers prostate support and has been demonstrated to prevent prostate and lung cancer. Other benefits of Lycopene include preventing inflammation and blood clotting as well as reducing the risk of heart attack.

Coenzyme Q10

Take 30- to 100-mg of CoQ10 daily. CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant nutrient which can help with cardiovascular health and increase energy. Although a small amount of CoQ10 is produced in the body naturally, taking CoQ10 is especially important for men who are on cholesterol lowering statin drugs, as these can prevent the production of CoQ10.

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Katelyn Lynn has been writing health and wellness articles since 2007. Her work appears on various websites. Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from TUI University and has extensive experience in botany and horticulture.