3 Natural Supplements for Senior Health
Posted by Mike McQuinn on June 27, 2014 | no comments
There are so many different natural supplements or vitamins that seniors can take to help with many different ailments, or just plain maintaining health. With all of them we suggest you talk to your physician before taking them because some do not mix well with certain medications, and too, you, the senior may not need certain things, your body may be providing the amount you need already. I am going to highlight just 3 of some of the most popular supplements and explain what they are good for. To some people, these supplements help so much that they are referred to as “miracle” supplements.
CoQ10 can be found at most drug or vitamin stores. Co = Coenzyme Q = the Quinone chemical group, 10 = the number of isoprenyl chemical sub units in its tail. CoQ10 comes from many different meats and plants. In our early years, our bodies product CoQ10 on its own from what we eat, but in our later years, our bodies tend to forget to product as much as it used to and our organs do not work as well as they used to.
What does it do and what does it help?
The main CoQ10 benefit involves its role in the creation of an important molecule known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP helps direct energy where it is needed within a cell and within the human body. As such, ATP is essential for healthy metabolism and is a key part of a number of processes within the body, such as the contraction of muscles. In other words, it helps our body’s cells become active again and do their job.
Some health benefits that doctors believe people could get as a result of taking Coenzyme Q10 include:
- High blood pressure and heart disease
- Better immune system function
- Natural energy boost for people dealing with fatigue
- Reducing high cholesterol
- Helpful for blood sugar level stabilization(diabetes)
- Protects organs from toxic chemotherapy drugs(cancer treatments)
- Gum disease
- Slows dementia progression
- Increases sperm count and motility
- Helps treat migraine headaches
2. Omega 3 fish oil/fatty acids
Omega 3 can be found at most any of your drug or vitamin stores and there are many different brands to choose from.
Omega-3 fish oil contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body cannot produce on its own.
What does it do and what does it help?
Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fats reduce inflammation, helping to prevent inflammatory diseases like heart disease and arthritis. In addition to warding off inflammation, omega 3s are also essential to the brain, impacting behavior and cognitive function, and are especially necessary during fetal development. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM).
Findings show omega-3 fish oil/fatty acids help:
- Heart disease and high blood pressure
- Brain power and memory
- Joint pain and arthritis
- Weight loss
3. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 is available at nearly any store that carries vitamins or supplements. Vitamin D3 is one of the most useful nutritional tools we have at our disposal for improving overall health. This vitamin is unique because cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is a vitamin derived from 7-dehyrocholesterol; however, Vitamin D3 acquires hormone-like actions when cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is converted to 1,25-dihydroxy Vitamin D3 (Calcitriol) by the liver and kidneys. As a hormone, Calcitriol controls phosphorus, calcium, and bone metabolism and neuromuscular function. Vitamin D3 is the only vitamin the body can manufacture from sunlight (UVB). Yet, with today’s indoor living and the extensive use of sunscreens due to concern about skin cancer, we are now a society with millions of individuals deficient in life-sustaining bone building and immune modulating 1,25-dihydroxy Vitamin D3. Vitamin research products has linked Vitamin D3 in higher doses to reducing common health concerns, see more here.
What does it do and how does it help?
Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.
Vitamin D3 may and can help with:
- Bones strength
- Muscular system
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS) and other body aches
- Organ absorption and function (kidney, gall bladder, intestines etc)
- Reduction of tension and stress
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cancer cells
- Improves cardiovascular
- Reduces wrinkles