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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
If you are over 50 years of age and in otherwise good health, what nutritional supplements should you think about taking?
Well, this can be a very difficult question to answer because it really depends upon your current diet, levels of physical activity and disease risk factors.
However, there are several specific nutrients which, in my opinion are helpful in people over the age of 50.
• Vitamin D
This nutrient is difficult to get in adequate amounts from the diet and there seems to be fewer people who are spending enough time outside to get this nutrient from the sun. Vitamin-D is essential for the absorption of calcium from the gut and it remains one of the most common nutrients where the recommended intakes are infrequently matched. Vitamin-D helps keep your bones strong by allowing the calcium you eat to be absorbed and taken-up by the bone cells. Vitamin-D has also been implicated in the prevention of various types of cancers and heart disease. I recommend taking 400-800 IU per day with food.
• Fish Oil
The older you are the greater risk of developing the symptoms of vascular disease which can affect your heart, brain and circulation to your hands and feet. Fish oil capsules derived form salmon oil, halibut oil, krill oil or seal oil contains generous amounts of omega-3 fat. These fats can improve blood flow through your arteries by prevention of blood clots, decreasing blood pressure, inflammation and cholesterol build-up. As most people do not eat enough oily fish during the week and the research clearly indicates that the increased consumption of these fats can lower the risks of developing chronic disease, it’s great insurance to take a daily supplement containing a high-potency omega-3. I recommend taking a 1000 Mgs. of omega three times per day with food.
• Coenzyme Q-10
This supplement I feel is very important because it has some very unique qualities. Co-Q10 is instrumental in the ability of your cells to generate energy as you age. Organs like the heart, brain, liver, immune and digestive systems require a constant supply of energy in the form of ATP. As we age, the furnaces in our cells which produce this energy, known as the mitochondria become less-efficient at producing this energy. Although food contains the necessary nutrients for our bodies to make Co-Q10, as we age, this need is not met. Certain commonly used drugs can also deplete the levels of CoQ-10 to dangerously low levels. Co-Q-10 is an important fat-soluble antioxidant which can fight free-radicals and help decrease damage caused to our hearts, brains and blood vessels from inflammation. The use of Co-Q-10 is particularly helpful in keeping the heart muscle strong and capable of working more efficiently. I recommend taking at least 100 Mg. of Co-Q-10 daily with food in a oil-based capsule.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project