Top Supplements for Longevity
Dr. Decker Weiss | Apr 16, 2012, 6 a.m.
For those older than 50 years of age, nutritional needs change and the risk of life-threatening conditions increases. It is a time when small chronic issues can become destructive to the quality of life. For some, sight will decrease, hearing will fade, bones will thin or muscles will weaken. But you don’t have to accept these degenerations as “natural.”
Getting older is natural, moving a little slower is acceptable and even dying at an age over 80 is acceptable. But the mind, the senses and most functions when uninterrupted by chronic inflammation, toxic exposure, oxidation and nutrient depletion are not supposed to fail us. Adding supplements to a healthy diet and lifestyle can make a difference and keep these vital functions healthy.
Four Supplements for Those 50 Years and Older
1. Multimineral with calcium, magnesium and trace minerals
As we get older, we lose the ability to absorb minerals, which helps us maintain our physical frame and connective tissues. Mineralization is the backbone of chemical balance, which, when normal, helps prevent viral outbreaks and muscle cramping. Minerals have decreased from the food supply during the past 50 years to such a significant level, that mineral supplementation is a must in order to maintain the levels which our bodies require.
2. Fat and water-soluble antioxidants
Mechanisms of disease most always involve chronic inflammation and oxidation as their underlying causes. From an oxidation standpoint, the human body has two compartments: a fat-soluble area and a water-soluble area. This is why, for example, vitamin E does not help the eyes, and bilberry or lutein doesn’t help protect a person from heart disease. Vitamins E, D3, A, beta-Carotene, K, K2 and CoQ10 are fat soluble, while bilberry, lutein, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin and vitamin C are water-soluble. A good fat-soluble antioxidant, and some vitamin C is the minimum needed, but most people need more. For example, a heart patient may need CoQ10 and an eye patient may need a good ocular formula. All antioxidants, especially vitamins C and E, should also have alpha lipoic acid, the master antioxidant for both fat- and water-soluble nutrients. So, a fat-soluble vitamin along with a water-soluble one with alpha lipoic acid is recommended.
3. Anti-inflammatory supplements
Most chronic issues, including cancer, inflammatory disease, heart disease and autoimmune Alzheimer’s, are inflammatory issues. At the turn of the century Americans died largely from infectious diseases such as tuberculosis or the flu. Now, we die from inflammatory issues. Natural treatment can help reduce the risk and improve quality of life. The key is a good anti-inflammatory supplement with a healthy dose of Curcumin and the enzyme nattokinase.
4. Fish oil or a plant-based oil such as sea buckthorn
There is no doubt that supplementing a quality fish oil prolongs life and can prevent cancers and heart attacks. A fish oil supplement is usually preferred over plant-based oils, except in the case of vegan vegetarians.
Dr. Decker Weiss is the senior scientific adviser for Hi-Health, a leading supplier of vitamins and supplements. Visit any of their 46 locations or HiHealth.com for more information.