We live in an ageing society, with around ten million people in the UK now over the age of 65.
Staying well as we age is a top priority for most, but our bodies can let us down. Despite a healthy diet and lifestyle, our bodies are less effective at manufacturing and processing the key nutrients they need and we can be pre-disposed to illness due to a lack of vitamins and minerals in our food. Michelle Winspear, from Advanced Nutrition in Sanderson Arcade, gives some advice on how to support your health through nutrition.
Be aware of deficiencies
The elderly are at risk of a potential deficiency in a range of essential nutrients. A recent study identified seven nutrients as a particular concern; vitamins D, B1, B2 and B12, calcium, magnesium and selenium.
Many experts agree that a supplement with 100 micrograms of organic selenium is a good strategy for boosting the immune system and obtaining better health as we age. Nearly 90 per cent of the selenium in SelenoPrecise is absorbed by the body.
Quite remarkably, long term supplementation with SelenoPrecise, along with a coenzyme Q10 supplement called Bio-Quinone Active Q10, was shown to reduce the risk of death from heart conditions by 50 per cent in the elderly population.
You may begin to lose muscle mass and function with age, which is known as sarcopenia. This can lead to muscle weakness, loss of mobility and an increased risk of fractures and falls. Sarcopenia typically accelerates as we age.
Coenzyme Q10 has been described as an ‘age-reversing nutrient’, supporting muscle functioning, strength and energy production. Our ability to manufacture Q10 decreases with age and so topping up with a supplement such as Bio-Quinone Active is important.
Dryness conditions are common as the mucous membranes lining our skin, eyes, mouth, digestive and reproductive tracts begin to breakdown. Pharma Nord’s Omega 7 sea buckthorn oil works by regenerating and repairing all of the mucous membranes in the body. The best source of omega 7 is the berries of the sea buckthorn plant. A wide range of nutrients can be obtained from the pulp and seeds of the berries, including omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 fatty acids, vitamins and carotenoids.
The loss of bone density is a normal part of the ageing process. Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for bone health, helping our bodies to absorb calcium. Eight scientific studies involving the over 65s suggest that adequate vitamin D will lead to improved muscle structure and better balance, reducing the risk of fractures and falls. A daily intake of a quality supplement is now recommended by health authorities. Bio-Vitamin D3 is identical to the form produced in the skin.
Low vitamin D levels have also been linked with depression, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular illness.
Taking a glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate supplement has been shown to provide relief from osteoarthritis symptoms.