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Nutrition Is Vital To Minimizing The Effects Of Aging!

How does proper nutrition minimize the negative effects of aging and what specific foods, vitamins and minerals should be included in ones diet to prevent aging? Learn more.

By: Shawn R. Zimmerman

How does proper nutrition minimize the negative effects of aging and what specific foods, vitamins and minerals should be included in ones diet to prevent aging?

Maher (2005) found that aging occurs when the body's cells die at faster rates than new cells are generated. People age prematurely because inadequate nutrition resulting from poor diet stimulates cellular destruction and increases the potential for obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.

With improper diet, the body produces vast quantities of highly reactive oxygen molecules, known as free radicals. Free radicals attack healthy cells and accelerate the aging process. This occurs especially when we eat high-fat foods. This also occurs when we are exposed to environmental pollutants, such as pesticides and ultraviolet radiation as well as consuming to many calories.

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    Research has also found that eating plenty of berries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes and cherries which all contain valuable phytonutrients called flavonoids, which have potent antioxidant activity that can fight heart disease. The naturally-occurring Ellagic Acid from these berries, also promote excretion of carcinogenic chemicals. (Maher, 2005)

Flavonoids
Flavonoids are most commonly known for their antioxidant activity. However, it is now known that the health benefits they provide against cancer and heart disease are the result of other mechanisms.

Flavonoids are also commonly referred to as bioflavonoids in the media - the terms are largely equivalent and interchangeable, for most flavonoids are biological in origin.

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    He also found that drinking green tea is a key nutrient in minimizing the negative effects of aging. Green tea comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, the same plant used to make black tea but it has more of the potent antioxidants called polyphenols than black tea.

    Green Tea helps protect the liver and fight cancer. One recent study examined Japanese women with breast cancer. Increased green tea consumption was associated with a decreased risk of lymph node metastasis. Researches also found that when women with breast cancer drank five cups of green tea a day, they were more likely to be in remission six months later.

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    Green tea also has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, fight tooth decay and aid in weight loss. It is recommended to drink two or more cups of green tea daily or take at least 1,500 mg daily of Green tea extract in capsule or tablet form. (Maher, 2005)

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    John found that in preventing and reducing the aging process it is recommended that one reduce their dairy food intake, no more than 3 - 4 servings of dairy per week. Milk, cheese and other dairy foods contain Casein, one of the most common food allergens. It can deplete immune cells.

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Dairy Products Contain Cesein
Which Can Deplete Immune Cells.

    Milk also contains xanthine oxidase, an enzyme that may increase plague buildup in the arteries. Adults don't need dairy to get adequate Calcium. Increase daily intake of Calcium-enriched foods, such as juice and soy, rice and almond milk. Broccoli, collard greens, sardines and canned salmon also are rich in Calcium. (Maher, 2005)

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    Maher also discovered that fish oil, Primrose oil and flaxseed oil is excellent in minimizing the negative effects of aging. These oils contain essential fatty acids. Fish oil is a source of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Evening primrose oil is a source of GLA.

    These beneficial fatty acids are involved in proper functioning of the brain and immune system. They also reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer as well as reliving pain and inflammation.

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    According to research, it is recommended to take 3,000 mg to 5,000 mg of fish oil and 1,000 mg of evening primrose oil daily. If you are on blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), check with your doctor first. Vegetarians can substitute Flaxseed oil for fish oil, if so desired. (Maher, 2005)

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    To minimize the negative effects of aging supplementing with garlic is also very helpful. Maher (2005) found that garlic contains allicin, a sulfur compound that builds immunity and prevents infections. It reduces risk of colon, esophageal and stomach cancers.

Allicin
Allicin is a compound obtained from garlic that has demonstrated potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that protect garlic from pathogens. Allicin is also the chemical constituent primarily responsible for the hot, burning flavor of fresh garlic.

    One study of 41,000 American women found that one or more servings of garlic a week decreased colon cancer risk by 35%. It also lowers cholesterol and has valuable blood pressure-lowering effects. One-half to one whole raw clove daily (cooking reduces its benefits), or an odor-free Garlic supplement with 4,000 micrograms (mcg) to 5,000 mcg of allicin.

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    Several studies have shown that spirulina improves immune system activity. Spirulina also has been shown to have antiviral effects and a mild cholesterol-reducing benefit. It is recommended to take 2,000 mg to 3,000 mg per day.

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    Having a nutritious and balanced fortified diet is essential in minimizing the negative effects of aging. The lack of knowledge in nutrition can facilitate the negative effects of aging.

    According to Raymond (2001) the link is clear that exercise and nutrition reduces the risk of adult-onset (Type II) diabetes. Diabetes Type II is a disease in which glucose, the sugar that fuels the body's muscles, reaches dangerously high concentrations in the blood.

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Exercise & Nutrition Reduces The
Risk Of Adult-Onset Diabetes.

    Maher (2005) found that the incidence of diabetes is growing rapidly up 33 percent between 1990 and 1998 and while it is still most common among the elderly, it now increasingly effecting people in their 30s and 40s. The excess glucose damages the blood vessels, especially the capillaries, with potentially fatal complications including blindness and kidney failure.

    Diabetes, as one nutritionist says, is "The disease that comes in a can" a soda can, that is; it is strongly linked with obesity and a high-calorie, high-sugar diet. But it is also the disease you can catch in your living room; research increasingly points to lack of exercise as a risk factor. Glucose is stored in the muscles, to be metabolized during exercise.

    The hormone insulin, which is secreted in response to food, promotes the cells' uptake of glucose; the process leading to diabetes is set in motion when muscles, deprived of exercise, become resistant to insulin.

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    Dr. Ken Gross, head of endocrinology and diabetes at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, says: "We used to think that in preventing diabetes, exercise was in the realm of good. Now we know that exercise is vital." This research proves that fitness and nutrition go hand in hand in minimizing the negative effects of aging. (Maher, 2005)

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John found that aging occurs when the body's cells die at faster rates than new cells are generated. People age prematurely because inadequate nutrition resulting from poor diet stimulates cellular destruction and increases the potential for obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.

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People Age Prematurely
Because Of A Poor Diet.

With improper diet, the body produces vast quantities of highly reactive oxygen molecules, known as free radicals. Free radicals attack healthy cells and accelerate the aging process. This occurs especially when we eat high-fat foods. This also occurs when we are exposed to environmental pollutants, such as pesticides and ultraviolet radiation as well as consuming to many calories. (Maher, 2005)

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John also found essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and herbs are simple steps to help prevent premature aging. These nutrients aid in minimizing the negative effects of aging. Vitamin/Mineral supplement, berries, Green tea, reducing dairy food intake, Fish oil, Primrose oil, Flaxseed oil, Garlic and Spirulina. Each of these nutrients, vitamins, minerals and herbs has a very specific role in successfully minimizing the negative effects of aging.

References:

  1. Maher, John. (2005). Deep Sleep: Preventing Aging. Dynamic Chiropractic Journal, 1-10.
  2. Raymond, J. (2001). Fitness, nutrition, beauty. Fighting back with sweat. Journal of Alternative Medicine, (138) 28-96.

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