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Taking the correct vitamin supplements can have all kinds of benefits, such as strengthening your immune system, helping your heart, or even improving your appetite in the bedroom. However, taking the wrong ones could have some adverse effects, which is why health supplements should be used carefully and only if you need them. Here are some of the best health supplements for men:

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Good for the brain, this amino acid works to convert fats to energy while boosting antioxidant activity in your body. You can get Acetyl L-Carnitine naturally from red meat and dairy products, but taking it in a supplement may protect your grey matter from effects such as stress from alcohol and ageing, and if taken correctly could even work to combat mild chronic depression. The recommended dosage is around: 1,000 mg per day.

Korean Red Panax Ginseng

No man really likes to talk about it, but erectile dysfunction is a common problem. Korean research found that 60 per cent of men who had this problem noticed a marked improvement after taking this supplement. It’s a herb taken from Korean gingseng root, that can also protect your heart – a recent Canadian study found a daily 900 mg dose could reduce arterial stiffness.

Coenzyme Q-10

If you suffer from high blood pressure, this supplement can lower it while also providing a useful boost of ecSOD – an enzyme that can protect your blood vessels from being damaged. Co-Q10 can be ingested naturally via meat, fish, eggs and broccoli. Italian researches also claim CoQ-10 could also improve your overall sperm quality. According to Japanese research, it could also help you burn more fat while exercising. The recommended dosage is around 100 mg per day.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your bones to absorb calcium, which is critical for strong and healthy bones. Research found that a staggering 90 per cent of people who worked indoors are suffering from a lack of Vitamin D, which is naturally absorbed in the body via sunlight. If you work indoors, you could be at risk, so one way to combat this is to ensure you get around 15 minutes of unblocked sunlight a few times a week. Or, you could take the vitamin supplements, which technically work just as well. Vitamin D could also help improve depression and reduce your chance of having a heart attack, along with reducing your risk of colorectal cancer. Recommended dose is 1,000 IU per day.

Fish oil

Great for combating heart disease, and full of essential omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, fish oil can boost cholesterol whilst lowering blood pressure and triglycerides. But that’s not all these healthy fats do – they can also improve cognitive performance, reduce inflammation and lower your risk of prostate and colon cancers. Impressive, eh? Recommended dosage is around 500 mg DHA and 500 mg EPA per day.

Natural Sources: Salmon, tuna, or other fatty fish

Author bio: Lindsay Marcus is a nutritional expert who writes for, and researches on, various online websites and blogs, including She also works as a personal trainer and is based in London.