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The Best Supplements for Men

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Here’s a secret that you probably won’t hear from your friends at the gym: As long as you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet, there’s a good chance that you don’t need to take supplements at all.

Yes, it’s true. Unless you have a medical condition, the average guy should eat his vitamins in real food—not swallow them in pill form.

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“The purpose of a supplement is to correct a deficiency,” says Leslie Bonci, R.D., a nutrition consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Pirates. “You can’t take lot of supplements and eat a crappy diet, which is something that can end up happening.”

While you can’t bottle up a healthy diet, you can plug up the nutritional gaps and give yourself an extra edge in the gym with the best supplements for men. Here are four supplements that can help—but seriously: talk to your doctor before you take them.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a major role in boosting our bone health and warding off osteoporosis by helping the body absorb calcium. It shores up our immune system health, helping to fight off viruses and other bacteria, and may also reduce

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