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  • Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?

    Jun 9

    You will read in the media that nutritional supplements cause deaths, breast cancer, expensive urine and we don’t need to take them. I suggest that you do make sure that your beliefs are based on reliable sources and not just the latest headline.  Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?
    Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?
    It is important not to take the media reports at face value – they are there to sell bad news.

    For instance, does the latest research define what supplements were taken in what doses, for how long, what was the strength, what was the bioavailability, are they balanced and what was the quality? Were the supplements from a natural source or were they artificial (a factor in the case of Vitamin E for instance)? What other factors were involved e.g. the health of the subjects before the study? Sometimes the answers to these types of questions are difficult to find.

    My belief is based on my experience, the many books about nutrition that I have read, and the doctors and scientists I have listened to.

    According to Michael Lam, MD, MPH, ABAAM: “Study after study over the past 40 years confirms that nutritional supplementation is a cheap insurance for longevity and cancer prevention if taken at the optimum dosage. Nutritional supplementation is a food. It is not giving your body something that your body does not have. It is to supplement your body’s existing level and to ensure that the proper nutrient at the proper level is available for the body at all times.
    It is an accepted fact that people have different nutritional needs based on genetics, weight, gender, age, health status, physical activity, and ability to absorb nutrients. If you don’t know what you need, the safest strategy is to err on the side of slight excess if you are in general good heath. Having a little extra of any nutrient won’t harm you. But a brief deficiency can, and a chronic will.

    Taking optimal amounts of nutritional supplements is a cornerstone and key component of any comprehensive anti-aging program. You simply cannot get enough of these nutrients from your diet for optimum health, and having inadequate amounts can kill you.”

    My parents had a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately my Dad did smoke cigarettes but stopped when I was born. They lived in Australia which is conducive to growing your own fruit and vegetables in the back garden. So they ate organically from their garden (my Mum was such a great cook that my Dad preferred eating meals at home), they had moderate exercise (swimming and walking) and had a mostly stress-free life. But that didn’t stop them suffering from arthritis, heart disease and in my father’s case – prostate cancer. My mother suffered from high blood pressure for many years and was on expensive BP medication. My mother died at the age of 71 from a heart attack and my dad died at 77 from the prostate cancer. Sadly, they have missed out on seeing their grandchildren reach adulthood. As far as my beliefs are concerned, I now know that eating healthfully isn’t enough.

    Many doctors do not encourage their patients to take supplements because they only know about over-the-counter (OTC) ones. Most of the OTC supplements are made to food grade standards and only come up to Recommended Daily Allowance doses – which is just not good enough. What we need to look for, are advanced quality, GMP standard, optimal dosage supplements. Also, once-a-day tablets are a waste of money.

    “The FDA looks at nutritional supplements the same way it looks at foods. This entire industry is really not regulated, and a nutritional company can pretty much put any amount of nutrients in their tablets. In other words, the amount stated on the label is not necessarily what is in the tablet. Unless a nutritional company voluntarily produces its nutritional supplements in a pharmaceutical-grade method, the consumer has no assurance that what is on the label is in the tablet. Why sell your health to the lowest bidder? Taking high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional are the least expensive health insurance policy you will ever purchase.” – Doctor Ray Strand

    The optimal level of vitamin E is 400 IU. What do we need to eat to get 400 IU of vitamin E? You would only need to eat 33 heads of spinach or 28 pounds of butter or 5 pounds of wheat germ each day to get that much vitamin E!

    The optimal level of vitamin C is about 1000 to 2000 mg daily (the RDA is only 60 mg). You would only have to eat 18 large oranges or 80 avocados to get that amount of vitamin C from your diet.

    Taking advanced quality, balanced, broad-spectrum, bioavailable, comprehensive, high-potency nutritional supplements supports:
    healthy aging and long-term optimal health,
    heart health,
    joint and cartilage health,
    brain health,
    bone health,
    liver health,
    eye health,
    oral health,
    mental health,
    maintenance of muscle strength,
    supports a robust and healthy immune system,
    supports optimal stamina,
    helps the body to cope with stress
    – as well as offering complete antioxidant protection against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage.

    Until I was 48, I did not give much thought to having a healthy lifestyle. Yes, I exercised and I ate (and still do) the organic vegetables that my husband enjoys growing in our back garden. But I was lacking in energy. I put that down to getting older. It wasn’t until I started taking supplements that my energy levels revived and I felt more vibrant. I have been taking advanced quality nutritional supplements every day, twice a day since the year 2000 and I plan to take them for the rest of my life. My BP is normal and I don’t have the arthritis that my parents suffered. And not only that, I don’t feel old! So something is making a difference.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

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10 Responses to “Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?”

  1. Jonathan Allen said on

    Heart attack could be prevented with exercise, diet and some food supplements like CoQ10.*~`

  2. Helen Wenley said on

    You are onto it Jonathon. Thanks for your comment. CoQ10 supports muscle strength and the heart is one big muscle that pumps our blood. When we take CoQ10 along with exercise, healthy food and advanced quality antioxidants/multi-minerals, and Omega-3 we are on our way to preventing heart disease.

  3. Yorinda said on

    Hi Helen,

    great job on pointing out why it is important to choose high quality supplements.

    Until I started using pharmaceutical grade supplements (the ones Helen talks about) my health only marginally improved on the other expensive over the counter variety.

    And yes CoQ10 is important especially after 40+ years of age.

    Love and Light
    from
    Yorinda

  4. Thanks for your comments Yorinda. Great to hear that your health has improved. Research shows that the longer amount of time that people take good quality supplements the more their health improves, so it sounds like you are on a healthy journey.

  5. I haven’t looked into fat loss supplements as such. My philosphy is to manage weight by eating low-GI, eating fresh fruit and veggies, reducing meat and eliminating processed/fatty/high sugar food, combined with exercise. I do recommend a weight management program (that comes with a exercise DVD and an online diary to track progress) that is made up of low-GI shakes and snack bars that is combined with the above. Please ask if you would like to know more about it.

  6. Thanks for your comments – appreciated.

  7. Layla Collins said on

    Heart attack is the number killer these days, this is probably due to the high cholesterol diets that we have””,

  8. What do you mean by high cholestrol diets? Heart attacks are caused by inflamation as a result of many factors – lack of fresh fruit and veggies in diet, low antioxidant intake, low EFA intake, stress, pollution, chemicals in food chain, lack of exercise….One in three people have heart disease, and for many people, death is the first sympton of heart disease.

  9. Harrison Ward said on

    heart attack can be prevented by taking CoQ10 and also Fish Oils“`

  10. Harrison, yes I agree, CoQ10 and Omega-3 does help to prevent heart attack. I would also recommend eating a healthy diet and moderate exercise too. There is no’magic bullet’.

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