After reaching the peak of health at age 25 or thereabouts, the disease of aging creeps in. There are a number of versions defining what aging is, but modern concepts defined aging as nothing more than a disease state. If so, the hypothesis is that since the modern medical science has successfully treated many types of diseases, sooner or later we will be able to treat aging and stop the process altogether.
Unfortunately no science or technology so far is developed to effectively stop the aging process. We have to do what we can now to buy the time and leave the solution for the future.
The aging process is generally divided into three stages:
a. Sub Clinical Phase (between age 25-35) where cellular damage has started without outward symptoms or measurable laboratory results.
b. Transitional Phase (between ages 35-45) where cellular damage now produces outward symptoms.
c. Clinical Phase (age 45 and beyond) where deterioration of bodily function accelerates with illness setting in.
From a nutritional perspective, the price paid for sub optimum nutrition rises with age. During the clinical phase of aging the gastrointestinal track begins losing its absorptive power. Few of the nutrients in the food you eat actually make their way into the bloodstream. At a time when the body needs the nutrient most to fight disease, it is absorbing less.
During this phase of aging, the body’s production of digestive enzymes gradually declines. Without digestive enzymes, food breakdown is less efficient.
Decreased nutrient absorption means reduced nutrient levels in the cellular level of critical organs and tissues. This in turn leads to accelerated aging. To compound the problem, the gastrointestinal track becomes even less able to absorb nutrients efficiently in a state of malnourishment. This vicious cycle of downward decline accelerates the aging progress with each round.
Thousands of studies have shown that nutritional supplementation enhances life expectancy and prevents diseases if taken at the optimum dosage. Complete testing will take decades more, and even then, no one will be sure due to the many interacting factors.
Common and more well-known antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, work by interrupting chain reactions that would otherwise result in oxidation of cells caused by release of substances, from cell membranes. Dr.Irwin Fridovich, an expert in biochemistry, notes that “Antioxidants like vitamin E are called chain-breaking antioxidants, because they react with one of the species that’s going to propagate and stop the chain reaction. So instead of a process that might involve a hundred molecules, if you have vitamin E around it might stop after only five, so it inhibits oxidation by breaking the chain, preventing the propagation of chain reactions. According to the study’s authors, “It appears that oxidative stress is a major determinant of life-span and that it can be counteracted by pharmacological intervention.”
24 percent of people over 69 years old are deficient and 40% of those over 80 years old are deficient in vitamin B12, which produces pseudo Alzheimer’s symptoms. Simple oral supplementation of vitamin B12 is all it takes to reverse the condition.
Chromium supplementation has been shown to normalize blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance in diabetic patients.
Ascobyl palmitate (a fat soluble form of vitamin C) in conjunction with L-lysine and L-proline, has been shown to reduce atherosclerosis and reverse already existing plaque as demonstrated by serial ultrafast CT scans.
Nevertheless, above are just illustrations and a bit of extension of the facts needed in asserting that aging can be put off by taking supplements.
Unfortunately, due to the digestive system is losing optimal function as one aging, and limited calories intake, researchers in the forefront of longevity medicine hold that diet alone cannot satisfy the body’s nutrient needs from an anti-aging perspective.
While nutritional supplementation is generally very safe, those with specific health conditions should consult their nutritionally minded physician first. If you are on a blood thinner, do not take excessive amounts of vitamin E, which has blood-thinning properties. If you have kidney disease or heart failure, magnesium can exacerbate this problem. Zinc in high doses (over 300 mg a day) can inhibit copper, iron, calcium, and magnesium absorption. People with Wilson’s disease should not take copper supplements. If you are in general good health, taking nutritional supplements should not pose any health hazards.
After all, 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 consult with anti-aging specialist, nutritionist or a licensed acupuncturist who has a rich background of alternative medicine along with a nutritional perspective.