“Macrominerals are larger in size and take up more space,” Ferira explains. “When included in premium forms, minerals aren’t cheap.” For both of these reasons, they’re often added to multivitamin formulas in mediocre amounts or left out altogether.
We should point out that macrominerals technically also include electrolytes like sodium, chloride, and phosphorus (for which dietary consumption is plentiful, if not excessive) and sulfur. But as Ferira points out, “Sulfur has no daily nutritional requirement (otherwise known as RDA) since we consume it daily via sulfur-containing amino acids like methionine and cysteine via protein.” You won’t find these four minerals in your multi (and that’s normal/OK) unless it’s a powder formula, which often adds sodium chloride (salt) for the taste factor.
But we digress…back to calcium, magnesium, and the like. So one move, in particular, that a lot of big names in the multivitamin game make, according to Ferira: leaving calcium out of vitamins that are marketed toward men, which, she says, is a huge mistake.
“These brands must not have consulted a dietitian, because an R.D. would have told them that the calcium needs and requirements for men are high: 1,000 milligrams every day until age 50 and then 1,200 milligrams daily from ages 51 on up,” she explains. “They also just so happen to be identical to the needs of women. Men have bone health and density needs, too!”* Oh, and almost 40% of our nation has a calcium gap in their diet, so point taken.