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Vitamin and mineral supplements for men

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Vitamin D

Most people get enough vitamin D from safe exposure to summer sun and a healthy diet.

Good food sources of vitamin D include oily fish, eggs, and fortified foods such as margarine, breakfast cereals, bread and powdered milk.

Men at risk of not getting enough vitamin D include over 65, men with darker skin including  African, African-Caribbean and South Asian origins and people who cover up their skin when outdoors, or those who are housebound or confined indoors for long periods.

Men aged 65 and over and those not exposed to much sun are recommended to take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (0.01mg) of vitamin D.

Don't take more than 25 micrograms (0.025mg) a day of vitamin D as this could be harmful.

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