Healthy Aging Naturally
Supplementation is very important for women 45-49, as after the age of 40 two genetic time bombs have been triggered within
the body’s aging clock, which are associated with important age-related health problems. These health problems concern your joints (arthritic changes), and heart function (e.g. high blood pressure, congestive heart failure). These are the supplementation considerations that are most important:
Heart Health Support: After age 45 the heart is less able to generate the energy required to keep the heart pump (the heart muscle – myocardium) functioning at an optimal level. This is due to the age-related decline in synthesis of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is required to convert food into energy. Studies show that supplementation with CoQ10 and Hawthorn can improve heart function, as evidenced by the fact that they have improved heart function even in patients with congestive heart failure and helped reduce high blood pressure. After age 45 it is vital to protect your heart health with these supplements to help avoid these serious age-related health problems.
Joint Cartilage Support: During this period of life joint cartilage erosion also begins due to decreased glucosamine synthesis in the body. This eventually leads to osteoarthritis of our joints. Supplementation with glucosamine, along with natural anti-inflammatory compounds (quercetin, MSN, bromelain) can preserve cartilage and inhibit the joint inflammation that is also a natural part of the aging process.
Three Lifelong Foundation Supplements: the following 3 supplements should be taken throughout all of adult life beginning at age 15-16 (Bone Support is optional based on your diet and bone density status).
1. High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral:A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should be antioxidant enriched, contain a B-50 complex, 500 mg of elemental calcium, other bone support nutrients, and every vitamin from Vitamin A to Zinc.
Antioxidant Enriched – antioxidants quench free radicals that cause the kind of genetic damage that transforms a normal cell into a cancer cell. These initiated cancer cells often lie dormant for 20-40 yrs before undergoing rapid cell division and forming malignant tumors. Many cancers that strike in one’s 50’s, 60’s 70’s and beyond, were actually initiated by free radical damage that occurred in a person’s teens, 20’s and/or 30’s.
Antioxidants also quench free radicals that slowly contribute to the following ailments, which also manifest later in life – cataracts, macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people over 55), Alzheimer’s disease, other neurodegenerative diseases (MS, Parkinson’s disease), skin aging (and skin cancer), atherosclerosis (narrowing of arteries), weakened immune function.
For health optimization and disease prevention daily antioxidant dosages from a high potency multiple vitamin and mineral supplement should include:
- Vitamin C – 1000 mg
- Vitamin E succinate
- Selenium 100 – 150 mcg
- Beta –carotene 10,000 -15,000 IU
- Vitamin A – 2500 IU
- Bioflavonoids – 50 mg
- Lycopene Powder – 6 mg
- Lutein Powder – 6 mg