Summer 2021-22 True Natural Health Magazine
Adapted from Robert Redfern by Roger French
“Thirty-five years ago,” writes Robert Redfern, “my mother died of lung disease at age 62 and my father died a short while later of cancer at age 64. These deaths drove me to research the causes of their deaths in-depth. I soon found evidence that the majority of diseases that people suffer and prematurely die from are completely preventable.
“I also discovered evidence that these diseases are mainly caused by an unhealthy diet, lack of critical nutrients and lifestyle factors – all of which create unhealthy bodies. I celebrated my 75th birthday in January, feeling truly fit and healthy, and I want all my readers to have the same opportunity at any age.
“Healthy ageing depends at least partly on correct nutrition. When the body gets the nutrients it needs, we look and feel younger, mentally, emotionally and physically.”
The ideal way to eat is just whole-food, plant-based. However, due to farming methods typically depleting soil nutrients, it can be advantageous to top up with supplements. Be aware that supplements can only be beneficial as a top-up to a good diet. If taken to counter the effects of an unhealthy diet, they can easily do more harm than good, especially due to the fact that antioxidants can reverse their role and become pro-oxidants.
The following are Robert Redfern’s recommendations for ten of the best essential nutrients, which may play a part in helping us to stay looking younger than our years. Note that we publish this as wide coverage of these nutrients, not on the basis that each of us will benefit by taking all of them. We can pick and choose according to our needs, preferably with professional guidance.
1. Vitamin D3
Known as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, studies show that this fat-soluble vitamin is produced in response to sun exposure. However, many of us simply can’t get enough Vitamin D due to living in colder climates. Taking Vitamin D supplements may therefore compensate and help to enhance our immune function, increase muscle mass and decrease symptoms of depression ̶ especially in people with Vitamin D3 deficiency.
Taking B-vitamins can play a crucial role in energy production, DNA repair, immune health and brain function. In older adults, B-vitamin deficiency has been linked with a higher risk of cognitive decline, osteoporosis and heart disease.
As the active form of CoQ10, ubiquinol can protect cell mitochondria from oxidative damage. While it is naturally produced by the body, production can decline with age. As a strong antioxidant, ubiquinol can provide a wide range of anti-aging benefits. In particular, it can support heart health, increase cell energy and support overall good health and wellbeing. Supplementing with CoQ10 can decrease oxidative stress and conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes and heart disease.
Curcumin has been well-studied for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help protect against chronic disease. In particular, curcumin helps protect joint health and brain health as we age.
Studies show that curcumin may provide relief for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It has also been shown to improve memory function.
Curcumin can help enhance recovery and performance in active people who have inflammation and muscle soreness. It also helps to delay ageing and promote longevity.
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Our body needs magnesium to carry out hundreds of functions, particularly in keeping the blood in its correct slightly-alkaline state. Magnesium can limit the damage caused by free radicals, which means it slows the signs of ageing and is excellent for preventing wrinkles and dark spots. Just rubbing magnesium oil onto the skin may help reduce the signs of premature ageing.
Along with helping to repair muscle tissue and repairing DNA, magnesium provides anti-inflammatory benefits for skin health.
6. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Heart-healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, have been shown to oppose inflammation. Research shows that omega-3s can help to slow the decline of brain health, including the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Other benefits of taking omega-3s are that they may reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis and even reduce the risk of heart attack.
7. Vitamin C
Along with being a coenzyme in the production of collagen, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Supplements can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, if used for at least 12 weeks.
8. Saw Palmetto
Older males can support their prostate health by taking saw palmetto. It may help to increase testosterone levels, improve prostate health, reduce inflammation, prevent hair loss and enhance urinary tract function, among other benefits.
This shrub-like palm may help increase collagen production, and also works alongside other supplements to improve skin and hair.
As a proteolytic enzyme, serrapeptase provides potent anti-inflammatory benefits that can support our body’s anti-ageing processes. Serrapeptase targets dead and damaged tissue throughout the body, thus helping to combat the damage caused by inflammation.
As possibly the most powerful of all antioxidants, astaxanthin can protect cell membranes against damage caused by free radicals, which include wrinkles and age spots. When skin ages, elasticity is weakened, leading to sagging. Astaxanthin may also improve overall skin appearance.
Robert Redfern of the UK is the producer of Naturally Healthy News, https://naturallyhealthynews.info. This article was published in his enewsletter of 24th September 2021