How to eat yourself to healthy ageing! 20



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Healthy ageing is something that we all aspire to. We want to be healthy and happy and have the ability to enjoy as much of our time as possible. So what are the foods and supplements we need to eat so we can age well?


Handle stress better

You could be taking: Vitamin D and magnesium

Because: According to numerous studies, diets high in Vitamin D and magnesium are both associated with long telomeres. Telomeres are the protective capping at the end of our DNA and shortened telomeres have been linked to increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. What they’ve now found is that the difference between long telomeres and shortened telomeres could be up to five years of lifespan. Both of these have also been linked to stress and intake should be correlated with stress.


Decrease risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

You could be taking: Green Tea

Because: According to Israeli neuroscientist, Sylvia Mandel, increased consumption of green tea has a correlation with decreased incidence of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It is believed that the active compound in green tea is full of antioxidants and that it has anti-inflammatory properties that also fight inflammation-producing chemicals within the brain.


Protect yourself from heart disease

You could be taking: Fish oil and the B vitamins

Because: Fish oil contains high levels of omega-3-fatty acids. The National Institute of Health published a report stating that fish oil can help to reduce deaths from heart disease and that it can reduce heart and blood vessel disorders. Cardiovascular disease can also be prevented with increased intake of folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.


Keep your skin supple and smooth

You could be taking: Vitamin A

Because: Vitamin A is considered a skin miracle. According to South African plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes, Vitamin A can make the skin smoother and decrease the appearance of pigmentation and wrinkles. Vitamin A is so good for the skin as it encourages cellular turnover. When you start out using it, be careful and start with a low concentration formula.


Keep your bones strong

You could be taking: Vitamin D and calcium

Because: Vitamin D and calcium are both known for their important role in keeping bones strong. Calcium is a key part of bone tissue and Vitamin D helps the body to absorb and process calcium. Taking both of these vitamins either as supplements or in your every day diet will prevent your bones from becoming brittle and fragile.

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  1. The only supplement I take is fish oil. I rely on food choices and sunlight to try to supply the other vitamins and minerals. Otherwise too many capsules.

  2. Found out I was extremely low on vit B12. It is not routinely screened in blood tests, except for specific iron studies. Rather sadly, I need to discontinue being a blood donor.

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    • I can’t take supplements – I have b12 shot in butt 1 per month – started with 1 per week for a month then onto 1 per month. Same with iron – but that’s was only 1 shot and low iron levels were rectified. I have Fibromyalgia and those with that (or Parkinsons) – their bodies drain a lot of those vitamins.

    • At 70 I found I was low in B12 had weekly injections in arm, then monthly, 3 monthly,now 6 monthly 2 yrs later. All good. Good luck with yours.

  3. If I took all those pills I would be full and not be able to eat my reasonable healthy diet… mmm pills

  4. Only take vitamin D supplement. I’d rattle if I had all those others and my annual blood test showed no deficiencies so I’m getting the rest through diet.

  5. We eat very healthy unprocessed food and also take supplements which gives us the nutrients we need.

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