Sharon Badger- Naturopath at Mandurah Health Supply
We all want to age gracefully, here are some lifestyle choices and wonderful natural supplement recommendations that can help us do just.
These will assist us in protecting our brain and even improve our memory and cognition. Protect our hearts and keep us healthy, prevent cancers from developing, protect our DNA.
Of course, the best way to ensure that we age with health intact is to ensure we adopt the healthy lifestyle choices we know so well.
- Eat a balanced diet full of wonderful fresh vegetables in a wide range of colours, 6 serves, 2 serves of fruit and a lean protein with each meal.
- Exercise to your own capacity gradually increasing times. Walking is perfect. If you do it outside in our gorgeous environment then you can increase your Vitamin D levels also vital for health of immune and bones.
- Sleep well, if getting to or maintaining sleep is an issue come and speak to me and we can help you out with some melatonin or mild herbal sedatives.
- Drink filtered water. 5 litres per day
- Enjoy life, laugh, sing, dance, learn something new, and meditate.
- Quit smoking
- Minimalize alcohol intake
- Quit or reduce sugar
What can we do?
As you already know as we get older many changes happen in our body.
One of the significant changes is in our genes, this a more recent discovery- our telomeres shorten.
Telomeres are the little caps on the end of our chromosomes that hold our DNA.
Think of them similar to the plastic caps on the ends of shoelaces.
They prevent our chromosome from unwinding
When we are young our telomeres are long and give our cells full protection. Each time the cell divides the telomeres gradually become shorter. Without long telomeres to protect us as we age the DNA master code within our cells that keep our heart, brain and vital organs in good shape.
Without the full protection of telomeres, our genes are now at risk of bad genes switching on. Damage starts to occur in the DNA and healthy cells are poisoned. Brilliant molecular scientists recently discovered an enzyme they named telomerase sleeping in our cells. This enzyme can reverse the stunted telomeres on the ends of our DNA to grow longer. It just needs to be activated.
How do we do this?
Known for its immune boosting properties. Component of Astragalus, cycloastragenol is known to be anti-aging. This slows down the shortening of the telomeres. Some studies have shown that Astragalus also lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure lowers blood glucose levels and strengthens bones.
Vitamin D with Vitamin K2
Vitamin D in some studies has lengthened telomeres, higher levels of vitamin D are significantly associated with longer telomeres. One of the ways it does this is by decreasing inflammation. K2 is the body’s balancer by neutralizing any too much calcium being absorbed by the body when higher does of D are present.
Warning; K2 should not be taken by people on blood thinners.
Is part of a group of compounds called polyphenols which act like antioxidants, protecting the body against damage that can put you at higher risk for things like cancer and disease. It’s found in the skin of red grapes, berries and in Japanese knotweed. Reported to have Anti-aging and disease-fighting powers. Research suggests it might help protect you against: Heart: It’s thought to help reduce inflammation, lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol, and make it more difficult for clots to form that can lead to a attack. Cancer: It could limit the spread of cancer cells and start killing them. In Alzheimer’s, it may protect nerve cells from damage and fight the plaque build-up that can lead to the disease. Diabetes: Resveratrol helps prevent insulin resistance, a condition in which the body becomes less sensitive to the blood sugar-lowering hormone insulin. The condition can lead to diabetes. Researchers believe that resveratrol activates the SIRT1 gene. That gene is believed to protect the body against the effects of obesity and the diseases of aging.
Is there anything else can we do?
We also need anti-oxidants-
What are they?
What do they do?
Anti-oxidants are a natural compound that helps protect the body from oxidative stress. Caused by harmful free radicals.
Free radicals is an atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron. Electrons are negatively charged particles when an electron is unpaired another atom or molecule can be easily bond with it. This causes a chemical reaction. They readily join other healthy compounds in our bodies. Making them unstable and leaving in their path a wake of destruction. Free radicals are like mini tornados wreaking havoc and leaving a trail of destruction on our previously healthy cells and tissues.
Free radicals can cause damage to cells and impair the immune function which can lead to infections and other disturbing health issues such as heart disease and cancers.
Free radicals can be formed from exposure to radiation, including the sun. Cigarettes, polluted air. House hold chemicals.
Cooking fats at high temperature like frying foods in oil can produce a large number of free radicals.
Free radical damage genetic material as well as can destroy cell membranes.
Anti-oxidants neutralize free radical damage by binding to the free electron.
There are many anti-oxidants but some of the most beneficial I will mention here
Alpha-Lipoic Acid ALA
A powerhouse of an anti-oxidant in two ways on its own and as a recycler of Vitamins E and Vitamin C. It has the ability to restore the anti-oxidant properties of these vitamins after they have neutralized free radicals. ALA also contributes to the body producing glutathione and to the absorption of Coenzyme Q10.
ALA is both fat as well as water soluble therefore can move in and out of cells deactivating free radicals.
ALA can improve peripheral nerve damage, assist the liver to detoxify metal pollutants, block cataract formation, reduce cholesterol levels, may prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Caution; with antidiabetic drugs.
Curcumin is the active phytochemical found in the spice Tumeric. Curcumin has properties that can prevent the development of and neutralize free radicals. It can halt pre-cancerous changes within the DNA and interferes with the enzymes that are necessary to the growth of cancers. Curcumin can prevent the oxidation of cholesterol which protects the arteries. Curcumin can prevent cataracts.
Warning; should not be taken by anyone on anti-coagulants.
Co enzyme Q 10
Crucial in the generation of cellular energy. It has an upregulating effect on the mitochondria which are the energy production centers in our cells.
It aids in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
Coenzyme Q 10 is structurally similar to vitamin E.
Anti-aging benefits protect the heart can be use in heart disease, muscular dystrophy diabetes, deafness myopathy, and periodontal disease.
Caution; for use with statin drugs and blood thinners
This is a herb with Powerful antioxidant effects on the brain, retina, and cardiovascular system. And enhances circulation. Has had a measurable beneficial effect on people with dementia, Alzheimer’s, improves short term and long term memory, and enhances concentration. Ginkgo biloba because of its circulation booster properties has been known to improve stroke patient’s recovery.
Ginkgo Biloba is also successfully used in the treatment of hearing loss impotence and macular degeneration.
Warning; should not be taken by anyone on anti-coagulants.
Is an essential trace mineral that works as an anti-oxidant when combined with Vitamin E. his combination protects tissues and cell membranes.
Selenium supports healthy immune function, cardiac health, thyroid function, muscle metabolism. Also helps in protecting us against cadmium, arsenic and mercury. Ageing can be associated with decline in selenium levels
Warning; Selenium is toxic in high doses 150 mcg daily for adults should not be exceeded.
Assist in healthy levels of cholesterol. Improves cognitive function, supports healthy cardiovascular system.
Caution; Use with warfarin under supervision
Acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect the cells against cancer and other diseases. Also necessary for new cell growth. Lowers cholesterol and protects the heart. Vitamin A is known to slow down the aging process.
This vitamin is essential for at least 300 metabolic functions in our bodies, including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function and gum health. Supports healthy strong immune function and protects from pollution preventing cancer. Can combine with toxic chemicals and heavy metals and render them harmless.
Vitamin C and vitamins A and E work best synergistically.
Zinc is important for healthy blood glucose levels, healthy immune function, growth and development and healthy prostate and sperm. Supports wound healing. Contributes to the structure and function of the brain and central nervous system.
As we age we need more zinc.
Warning; large amounts of long period may be dangerous.
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain. It is known to be a powerful antioxidant can protect the body from high blood pressure and heart attack. May reduce risk of some cancers. It stimulates the immune system and aids in producing testosterone and oestrogen
Supports healthy liver function and detoxification.
Acetyl l carnitine
Is an amino acid required for healthy lipid and carbohydrate metabolism? It helps deliver fatty acids to the mitochondria for cellular energy production. Acetyl L Carnitine is able to cross the blood brain barrier and supports neuronal and energetics repair mechanisms.
Protects the brain, studies show it slows the progression of Alzheimer’s.
Resulting in less deterioration in memory attention, language, and other cognitive disorders. Enhances immune system. Acts as antioxidant. Supports healthy aging
Is a lipid that is essential for cell membrane health. The protective sheath surrounding the brain are composed of lecithin. Lecithin contains choline, linoleic acid and inositol. It protects the heart can prevent the formation of plaques in the blood vessels and improves brain function. Lecithin also promotes energy. It is partly water soluble.
Grape Seed Extract
Contain oligomeric proanthocyanidins, more potent than both vitamins E and C, water soluble. Can cross the blood-brain barrier and protect the brain and spinal nerves also protect the liver.
Is used to treat chronic venous insufficiency, high levels of cholesterol, edema, and high blood pressure. As well as preventing cancer. Also protects connective tissue.
Here at Mandurah Health supply, we are pleased to bring you an exciting offer of 20% off when you buy a package of:
- Healthy Essential’s – Over 50 Multi (100 capsules)
- Herbs of gold- Resveratrol (60 Tablets)
- Thompson’s -Co Q10 (60 Capsules)
- Herbs of Gold -Acetyl-L-Carnitine (60 Tablets)
- Nature’s Sunshine- Astragalus (100 Capsules)
- Soy Lecithin granules (250Grams)
Normal value for all these is $252.00
With Discount of 20% = $200.00
Saving you $52.00