Healthy Outlook: FEB 2017 Anti-Aging Vol. 2
Feb 2017 Vol. 2
My name is Carol Koegel I am passionate and committed to learn, practice and share all that I can to be healthy and whole. I will be providing new information each month that I hope you will find useful and interesting. I will always try to give credit to my sources and welcome any comments or questions you may have.
WHATS THE BIG DEAL?
We have talked about CoQ10 with PQQ in the last issue. Now let’s look some other supplements that assist us in fighting the effects of aging; D3, Super Bio-Curcumin, Optimized Qercetin and Gamma E.
A fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a supplement. For several reasons people, today are not getting enough vitamin D. Certain groups of people are more likely to be deficient in vitamin D; people with darker skin, people who spend a lot of time indoors, people who cover their skin all the time (clothing or sunscreen), people with thinner skin (one of the effects of aging), pregnant women, infants that are breastfed and are not given a supplement, and people who are very overweight.
Fight disease and depression. Boost weight loss.
Reduce your risk of MS and heart disease. Even reduce the likelihood of developing the flu. * Osteoporosis is commonly associated with inadequate calcium intakes, but insufficient vitamin D contributes to osteoporosis by reducing calcium absorption. **
How Much and what kind?
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Science reports new intake recommendations based on International Units per day of 600-800 IU. *
There are two different forms of vitamin D; D2 and D3. The American Journal of Nutrition points out the very clear difference between D3 and D2. D2 is no the bioavailable equivalent of D3. Here’s why. There are several biological mechanisms that contribute to the superior absorbability and efficacy of vitamin D3. In the liver, thanks to a hepatic enzyme, D3 is more readily metabolized into a bioactive form of D that is easily converted to its hormone form in the kidneys. It takes much longer to make this hepatic conversion with D2. In fact, D2 and D3 metabolized so differently that they result in “the production of unique biologically active metabolites” Clearly, these forms of D are simply not the same. ***
You can get too much vitamin D. This is called vitamin D toxicity. Taking 50,000 IU a day for several months has been shown to cause toxicity.
Few foods contain vitamin D naturally. Because of this, some foods are fortified. This means that vitamin D has been added. Foods that contain vitamin D include:
- Egg yolk
- Milk (fortified)
- Cereal (fortified)
- Yogurt (fortified)
- Orange Juice (fortified)
It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help.
** National Institute of Health
This remarkable turmeric extract benefits nearly every organ system. Curcumin inhibits inflammatory factors, supports immune system function, promotes heart health and offers potent antioxidant protection.
One Compound, Many Health Applications
Curcumin works on multiple pathways at multiple levels of those pathways all simultaneously. It’s like a whole pharmacy of nutrients working harmoniously. Because of its many beneficial effects, curcumin is well regarded for many health concerns. It stops pain and inflammation, and is being currently investigated for inhibiting tumors and fighting cancer, preventing fat growth and accumulation, regulating blood sugar, stopping depression and slowing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. ***
How Much and What Kind
Curcumin is hard for the body to absorb. Life Extension has created Super Bio-Curcumin using ultra-potent extract call BCM-95 Bio-Curcumin which is up to seven times more absorbable than conventional extract. Plus, BCM-95 Bio-Curcumin also remains in the bloodstream almost twice as long as other curcumin supplements.
Turmeric, the common spice found in Indian Curry is the plant that provides curcumin. The turmeric root contains about 2-5% curcumin. That means that unstandardized, powdered products such as a capsule of turmeric supplement might not contain much curcumin. ***
Using the spice turmeric in our food is wonderfully flavorful, however you don’t get much curcumin and the curcumin you do get is difficult for the body to absorb.
* Life Extension
Quercetin belongs to a group of plant pigments called flavonoids that give many fruits, flowers and vegetables their colors. Flavonoids, such as quercetin are antioxidants.
Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antihistamine Effect
Preliminary testing suggests quercetin prevents immune cells from releasing histamines, which are chemicals that cause allergic reaction. Also, early testing suggest quercetin may help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, plaque buildup in arteries that can lead to heart attack or stroke.
Studies show that quercetin supplementation reduces blood pressure in people who have hypertension. *
Fruits and vegetables are the primary dietary sources of quercetin, particularly citrus fruits, apples, onions, parsley, sage, tea, and red wine. Olive oil, grapes, dark cherries, and dark berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and bilberries are also high in quercetin and other flavonoids. *
*University of Maryland Medical Center
Prestigious scientific journals have highlighted gamma tocopherol as one of the most critically important forms of vitamin E for those seeking optimal health benefits. In fact, studies show the combination of alpha- and gamma- tocopherol supplementation appears to be superior to either supplementation alone on biomarkers or oxidative stress and on inflammatory factors.
Most commercial vitamin E supplements contain little, if any, gamma tocopherol. They instead rely on alpha tocopherol as the primary ingredient. However,it is gamma tocopherol (not the alpha form) that quenches peroxynitrite, the free radical that play a major role in the development of age-related decline. *
* Life Extensions
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