Tuesday, August 23, 2011
It is hard for us to get everything for our bodies to function as they
should. An orange you buy in the grocery store today can have minimal
vitamin C due to the impoverishment of soil by modern farming methods.
In order for our bodies to function optimally, we need at least
seventeen minerals and thirteen vitamins, in addition to protein, fiber,
carbohydrates and the right fats. Most fruits and vegetables in the
store travel long distances, so that vitamins deteriorate along the way.
Unless you get your vegetables from mineral-rich soil that has been
carefully fertilized with natural composts and manures for many years,
you might be deficient in various minerals and vitamins.
If you take a good mult-vitamin and mineral
supplement, you can get a good range of essential vitamins and minerals.
Remember that supplements are just that they are supposed to supplement
a balanced diet, no a replacement. A cheeseburger and fries plus a
milkshake followed by a handful of vitamins will not lead to optimum
Dr. Leeâ??s 5 top antiaging supplements:
a potent immune-boosting antioxidant that is absolutely essential for
good health. Vitamin C quenches carcinogenic free radicals and protects
DNA from being damaged. It also builds collagen and protects arteries
from damage. Suggested dosage: 1-2grams*, spread throughout the day.
High doses can cause loose stools. Vitamin C acids absorption of iron,
consult a doctor first if you have condition in handling iron (ie.
Hemochromatosis) Food consideration: citrus fruits, cruciferous
vegetables, kiwi, berries.
deficiency is very common, especially in elderly. Look at your
fingernails- if you have more than two small white spots in your
fingertip part, you are likely to be zinc deficient. Zinc regulates
normal cell death and tells the problem cells to commit suicide, which
prevents them from dividing uncontrollably â?? an anticancer mechanism.
Zinc also has the ability to rejuvenate the thymus gland, responsible
for overseeing immune systems. Suggested dosage 10-30mg daily*. Use zinc
gluconate for best absorption. High doses (>50mg) can interfere with
other nutrient absorption. Food consideration: meat, poultry, garlic,
whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.
a potent antioxidant that regenerates immune cells. It is a crucial
part of our liver detoxification pathways. It is found in most foods and
is produced in our cells. People who are deficient are more likely to
age prematurely, as free radicals are left unchecked. Suggested dosage:
50-100mg. Vitamin C boosts glutathione levels.
Alpha Lipoic Acid:
a potent antioxidant. It is both water and fat soluble, so is able to
protect both fatty and watery areas of the body and can regenerate both
vitamin E and vitamin C. Alpha lipoic acid also boosts the bodyâ??s own
production of glutathione. It lowers blood glucose and can useful for
counteracting insulin resistance. It is made small amounts by the body.
Suggested dosage: 100-300mg. Food consideration: dark leafy vegetables.
Coenzyme Q10: a
powerful antiaging antioxidant, particularly with regards to its
ability to boost heart health. It is one of the few antioxidants that
can get inside the mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells that are
highly susceptible to free radical damage. Suggested dosage: 50-100mg.
suggested dosages are much higher than RDA (recommended daily
allowance) as RDA levels are set to prevent serious deficiency diseases
such as scurvy.