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Can One Improve the Quality of Our Lives as One Ages?

We all get older. Some of us age gracefully, some not. Some look older while others retain their youthful look. Genetics one may ask? Probably, but not always.

Is there something one can do to just look better? Have less wrinkles or a better looking skin? What about memory?

Our bodies seem to deteriorate with age. Can one do something about it? Aching joints, sore back, difficulty in getting up and sitting down, knee replacements and hip replacements. Does this sound familiar? Can one do anything about it or is it mainly due to the natural progression of the aging process?

What about comparing our bodies to that of the modern day fancy motor car. Today some of the vehicles even think for you, in terms of electronic park assist and voice activation commands. In order to function optimally, they do however need care. Cars need ‘food’ in the form of petrol to provide energy to drive and spark plugs to ignite the power. They need to be serviced , checked out from time to time and parts may need to be replaced when aged or treated badly by the owner.

Oxidation and pollution leads to rusting (aging) over time and eventually parts need replacing, but sometimes ‘die’ before being able to be replaced and are then just used as spare parts. Our bodies are similar. The addition of a good multivitamin taken regularly has been shown in research studies to reduce the incidence of disease, more specifically in mature adults. Today there are many clinical trials that have proven the benefits of taking supplements.

Of course there needs to be a balance between good nutrition, exercise, emotional well-being and supplements. Eating 5-7 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables daily go a long way in providing the necessary nutrients. However, we live in a polluted environment, caused by car emissions, smoke from factories and the like which causes millions of free radicals to attack the good cells in ones body. This is the manner in which we age over time, form wrinkles, develop dry skin, lose hair, lose memory and energy – to name but a few of those well accepted age-related inevitabilities.

 But… can we prevent these? 

The answer?  Visit a knowledgeable health professional who can offer advise on supplementation and an appropriate course of action. Obviously should you be on medication prescribed by a doctor, you should check with him/her before beginning a supplement regimen.

It is however, a fact that certain health professionals do not believe in taking vitamins and allied supplements. It is a pity as there are many supplements that can help many conditions such as cholesterol, hair loss, lack of energy, aging skin and cardiovascular problems.

Co-Enzyme Q10 is one supplement that finally, many cardiologists are finding helpful in treating cardiovascular problems.

Starting your daily regimen with a good Multivitamin filled with Antioxidants, 1000mg of Vitamin C and Omega 3 would be an excellent start to your day.

One’s bones may become weaker and more prone to breakage as one ages. Therefore, 600mg to 1200mg of elemental calcium must be added. It is important for everyone but more so for women because of the natural decline in oestrogen with age.

Supplements in combination, such as Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl- L- Carnitine have been shown to slow down the aging process as it related to dementia, memory loss and the cardiovascular system.

There are too many to discuss in this article, suffice to say that there are many supplements available for various conditions. I am of the opinion that their main function would be to improve and strengthen one’s immune system in order to reduce the incidence of disease and improve the quality of one’s life.

– Ellis Henen

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