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Anti-aging Medicine...Hype Or Hope?

Do we need to take vitamins and nutraceuticals and other essential nutrients like essential omega 3 and 6 fats and aminoacids and other supplements?

The RDI (recommended daily allowances) of vitamins are merely to prevent disease. They are not doses required for optimal health. Also, the vitamin, nutrient and hormone requirements of individuals differ.

About ¾ of one’s health and life expectancy is based on lifestyle, environment and nutrition. It should be obvious that one should spend a longer time living healthily and a shorter time dying, since the number of healthy years is more important than the number of living years.

A healthy lifestyle, including sound nutrition and moderate exercise, could alleviate a lot of modern day diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease to name but a few.

Medications, vitamin interaction, soil depletion of nutrients, need for antioxidants to protect from free radical damage,stress, age, lifestyle, and genetics, all play a role in determining the need for the individualised need for vitamins and nutrient support.

Medications may cause micronutrient depletion and this should be remembered by all prescribing medications. Please see solal’s brochure of micronutrient deficiencies induced by medications.

The following are reasons why you cannot get all the nutrients you need from the food you eat :

1. the soil is depleted of many minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Selenium is in varying quantities in the soil depending on where you live.

2. fruit and vegetables begin to lose their nutritional value immediately after picking. Cold storage causes destruction of nutrients. Grapes that are stored lose up to 30% of their B vitamins. Tangerines stored for 8 weeks can lose almost half of their vitamin c. Asparagus stored for 1 week, loses up to 90% of its vitamin c.

3. The nutrients in food may not be in aform that is bioavailabale, eaning it may not be absorbed into your body. Orange juie is a prime example, where 40% of the vitamin c in orange juice is biologically inactive.

4. processing of food (blanching,sterilizing,canning and freezing) all decrease the nutritional value of food

5. the longer one cooks fruita and vegetables the less nutrients remain. It is better to eat them raw or lightly steamed

6. the milling of grains removes 26 essential nutrients and much of the fibre

Nutritional requirements are also affected by the production of free radicals. Free radical damage contributes to oxidative stress which accelerates aging and leads to disease .

Oxidative stress is like rust on a car . Some external causes of oxidative stress include : television screens, cell phones, computer screens, hair dryers, airplane trips, fluorescent lights, microwaving, sunlight, toxic exposure to chemicals in food, water and air

Antioxidants donate an electron to the free radical and halt the destructive course.

Some antioxidants that protect from free radical damage include :

Vitamin a,c,e,selenium, coq10,alphalipoic acid,melatonin,garlic,glutathione,nac

Stress depletes your body of vitamins and minerals. Likewise, as one ages more nutrients become required. For example with aging less vitamin d, alphalipoic acid and coq10 is made.

Many physicians say there is a lack of “peer review studies” or “scientific evidence” to show that vitamin and nutritional therapies work. To clear this up , in 1998 alone, more than 5000 studies were published on vitamins and more than 3000 studies on antioxidants.

IN FACT MORE STUDIES ARE PUBLISHED ON NUTRIENTS THAN MEDICATIONS.

Optimum daily intake (ODI) is designed to enhance general health and prevent disease.

Let’s compare RDI (recommended daily allowance – minimum requirements) to optimal requirements.

NUTRIENT FOOD SOURCE RDA ODI
Vitamin A, fish liver oils, 5000IU 5000-25000 IU
Beta carotene And other carotenoids animal livers, green and yellow fruits None 11000-25000 IU
Vitamin D fish liver oils, Fatty salt water fish Vit d fortified dairy Fortified dairy products eggs 400 IU 1000-2000 IU
Vitamin E cold pressed veg oils, Whole grains,nuts Legumes, dark green Leafy veg 30 IU 400-1200Iu
Vitamin K green leafy veg 80ug 80ug
Biotin meat , cooked egg yolk Yeast, poultry, milk, saltwater Fish, soybeans, whole grains 300ug 300 ug
Choline & Inositol egg yolk, whole grains, veg organ meats, fruit, milk None 25-500mg
Folic acid beef, lamb, pork, chicken Liver, whole wheat, bran, Green leafy veg, yeast 400ug 400-1200ug
PABA liver, kidney, whole Grains, molasses None 25-500mg
Pantothenic acid eggs, saltwater fish, pork Beef, milk, whole wheat, Beans, fresh veg 10mg 25-500mg 900mg pantetheine
Vitamin B unrefined whole grains, Liver, green leafy veg Fish, poultry, eggs, meat Nuts, beans b1 : 1.5mg b2 : 1.7mg b3 : 20mg b6 : 2mg 25-30mg
Vitamin B12 kidney,liver,egg, Herring, mackerel Milk, cheese, tofu, seafood 6ug 25-500ug
Vit C green veg, berries, citrus fruit 60mg 500-5000mg
Boron fruits, veg None 3-6mg
Calcium dairy foods, green leafy Veg, salmon, sardines seafood 1000mg 1000-1500mg
Chromium brewer’s yeast, beer, meat, cheese, whole grains 120ug 200-600ug
copper widely distributed in foods 2mg generally available in foods 0.5-2,mg
Iodine iodized salts, seafood, Kelp, saltwater fish 150ug 150-300ug
Iron meat. Poultry, fish, liver, Eggs, green leafy veg, whole grain breads or cereals 18mg 15-25mg men 18-30mg women
Magnesium dairy, meat, fish, seafood 400mg 500-750mg
Manganese nuts,seeds, whole grains, avocado,seaweed 2mg 15-50mg
Phosphorous most foods, sodas 1000mg foods good source 200-400mg
Potassium dairy foods, meat, Poultry, fish, fruit, Legumes, whole grains, veg None 99-300mg
Selenium depending on soil content, may be in grains and meat 70ug 100-400ug
Zinc oysters, fish, meats, Poultry, whole grains, legumes 15mg 22.5-50mg
Alpha lipoic acid None None 300-600mg
Co Q10 beef hearts, chicken hearts, sardines, peanuts, spinach None 50-300mg
Dhea None None when needed 25 -50mg
Fish oil cold water fish None 1500-3000mg
Flavinoids fruits, veg, grains, nuts , Seeds, soybeans, tea, coffee, wine None 250-1000mg
Garlic garlic None 200-1200mg
GLA evening primrose oil, borage oil Borage oil, black currant oil None 70-240mg
Glutathione And N-Acetyl-Cysteine fruits, veg, meat None Glutathione 500-1500mg N-Acetyl-Cysteine 1200-3800mg
L-carnitine animal foods None 2000-4000mg
Melatonin rice, barley , corn None 0.1-7mg when needed

My top 10 anti-aging foods would be:

1. Tomatoes - contain heart protecting anticancer lycopene, vitamin C and other antioxidants

2. Walnuts & Almonds - contain fibre, magnesium, vitamin E, selenium and omega 3

3. Fish - contain omega 3 and good quality protein

4. Brocolli, cauliflower or cabbage - contain anti-cancer nutrients

5. High fibre bran or rolled oats cereals - contains soluble and in soluble fibre

6. Blueberries, blackberries & cherries -contains unique antiaging antioxidants called proanthocyanidins.

7. Turmeric/curcumin - a powerful anti-aging anti-oxidant

8. Lecithin - contains liver & protective phospholipids

9. Artichoke hearts - detox’s the liver and kidneys and high in fibre

10. Red Wine – 1 glass every night – contains resveratrol and low amounts of alcohol protect the heart

 
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