April 2002 Issue
Multis Without Iron, for Men (and Older Women)
Once upon a time, supplements aimed at older women bragged about the amount of iron they contained, implying it could boost energy (remember Geritol ads?). No longer. More supplement manufacturers are finally offering a growing number of multis without iron (see chart) or with little iron—though usually marketed to men. Once past the teenage years, men don’t need much iron. Neither do postmenopausal women. Worse, excessive iron can contribute to hemochromatosis (iron overload), the most common inherited disease, affecting 1.5 million
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