Enzymatic Esberitox

Support Your Immunity

download (13) images (3)Esberitox supercharged Echinacea is a chewable combination of 2 types of echinacea plus other immune-boosting herbs that can be used by the entire family.*

Why echinacea?

It enhances your immune system.* Echinacea, from the cone flower family, delivers supportive actions essential to support wellness, naturally.* It helps your immune system defenses.*.

Why use Esberitox®?

Esberitox® has been a top-selling immune system remedy in Europe for over 70 and supported by clinical research. It’s proven safe and is perfect for the whole family.

Exclusive formula.

Only Esberitox® combines two types of Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallid roots) with two additional immune-enhancing herbs,Thuja occidentalis (thuja) herb and Baptisia tinctoria (wild indigo) root.* This gives Esberitox® a broader spectrum of activity than Echinacea alone.* The powerful combination promotes the body’s resistive functions by supporting the production and activity of immune cells in the body.*

Convenience.

Esberitox® is packaged for life on the go. It comes in delicious, chewable tablets that make immune-system support easy and enjoyable.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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DGL and Digestion

What is DGL?

“DGL” is an abbreviation for deglycyrrhizinated licorice—a special preparation of licorice root extract with the glycyrrhizin compound removed.

Why take a DGL supplement?

DGL naturally helps provide soothing digestive relief and support for the stomach lining and intestinal tract.*

How does DGL soothe digestion?

DGL stimulates and accelerates natural protective factors in the digestive tract, which help relieve stomach discomfort.* Studies have documented the soothing effects of DGL on the stomach lining and intestine.*

Why is glycyrrhizin removed DGL and DGL ULTRA?. When consumed in high amounts, glycyrrhizin, a compound in licorice may increase risk of high blood pressure in some individuals

Is DGL safe for long-term use?

Yes. When taken at the recommended dose, DGL is proven safe for long-term use.

Why choose Enzymatic Therapy DGL ULTRA?

From the #1 selling brand of DGL supplements,† Enzymatic Therapy DGL ULTRA chewable tablets contain an extra-strength extract that works to deliver effective digestive relief.* DGL ULTRA is available in two delicious flavors: German Chocolate and Caramel Crème.

Why take DGL ULTRA Fructose-Free/Sugarless?

DGL ULTRA Fructose-Free/Sugarless extra-strength deglycyrrhizinated licorice offers the same great formula as our DGL ULTRA in a Fructose Free/Sugarless option for those watching their sugar intake.

If you’ve avoided DGL supplements in the past, now is the time to give them a try!  Enzymatic Therapy DGL supplements are the #1 DGL brand and they taste great!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Enzymedica DGL

DGL and Digestion

What is DGL?

“DGL” is an abbreviation for deglycyrrhizinated licorice—a special preparation of licorice root extract with the glycyrrhizin compound removed.

Why take a DGL supplement?

DGL naturally helps provide soothing digestive relief and support for the stomach lining and intestinal tract.*

How does DGL soothe digestion?

DGL stimulates and accelerates natural protective factors in the digestive tract, which help relieve stomach discomfort.* Studies have documented the soothing effects of DGL on the stomach lining and intestine.*

 

Why is glycyrrhizin removed DGL and DGL ULTRA?. When consumed in high amounts, glycyrrhizin, a compound in licorice may increase risk of high blood pressure in some individuals

Is DGL safe for long-term use?

Yes. When taken at the recommended dose, DGL is proven safe for long-term use.

Why choose Enzymatic Therapy DGL ULTRA?

From the #1 selling brand of DGL supplements,† Enzymatic Therapy DGL ULTRA chewable tablets contain an extra-strength extract that works to deliver effective digestive relief.* DGL ULTRA is available in two delicious flavors: German Chocolate and Caramel Crème.

Why take DGL ULTRA Fructose-Free/Sugarless?

DGL ULTRA Fructose-Free/Sugarless extra-strength deglycyrrhizinated licorice offers the same great formula as our DGL ULTRA in a Fructose Free/Sugarless option for those watching their sugar intake.

If you’ve avoided DGL supplements in the past, now is the time to give them a try!  Enzymatic Therapy DGL supplements are the #1 DGL brand and they taste great!

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

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Lucuma Powder

Why should you include Lucuma powder into your everyday life?

Using lacuma powder is an excellent way to get a boost of rich antioxidants and B vitamins. The powder ultra-concentrates the antioxidant powers of lucuma powder, as well as the boost of vitamins. This means that just a little of this powder used as a sweetener will go a very long way. Also containing protein and trace minerals, this all-natural sweetening powder can not only help stabilize blood sugar, but also curb cravings, curb appetite, and the fruit has long been said to aid in fertility, as it has been a Peruvian symbol of fertility for several millennia. Aside from these benefits, lacuma powder is a safe sweetening alternative to sugar for diabetics. Because of the rich antioxidant content of lucuma powder, this all natural organic sweetener has immune system boosting potential, as well as the ability to fight and prevent certain diseases and illnesses including cancer. Lucuma has also long been said to aid in healing and speed up wound closure, making it a powerful natural healer. Also showing natural antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties, the flesh of the lucuma fruit is a common source of natural healing and medicines among the native South American people where the fruit grows.

Here is a great recipe to make Raw Lucuma Ice Cream

Ingredients
• 1 Cup Lucuma Powder
• 1 Cup Cashews
• 1 Tbsp Vanilla Powder
• 1 Cup Coconut Cream, Coconut Meat or Raw Coconut Butter
• 1 Cup Raw Honey
• 1 Tbsp Psyllium Hulls (essential for creating a soft ice-cream that can be scooped)
• 1/4 Cup Agave Nectar
• 1 Cup Pure Water (or more to allow blending consistency – you can replace with cashew milk made with cool processed raw cashews)
• 1/3 Cup Maca Powder or Red Maca Powder
• Pinch Kalahari Salt (optional)

Directions:
• Mix all ingredients into a smooth consistency
• Pour into a container and freeze until set
• Scoop into a bowl and enjoy! (serves 6)

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Nature’s Way CranRX

CranRX

Urinary Health

Clinical Strength

• Standardized PACs

• Superior Activity

• Proven Results

BIOACTIVE CRANBERRY*®

What are the health benefits of cranberries? Medically speaking, cranberries are best known for their ability to support urinary tract health.* They also provide powerful antioxidant activity.

How do cranberries support urinary tract health? Scientists used to think cranberries supported urinary tract health by making the urine more acidic. But that thinking has changed. Recent studies show that a particular constituent naturally found in cranberries, called A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs), is largely responsible for the fruit’s urinary bene­ts.*

What are PACs? PACs are a class of biologically active ‑avonoids found in a variety of fruits and seeds. When it comes to supporting urinary tract health, however, not all PACs work the same. In a published medical study, it was shown that A-type PACs from cranberries are the ones that provide urinary tract benefits.*1

Cranberry juice or supplements, which is better? Many people don’t like the tart taste, high amount of sugar, or the acidity of cranberry juice, which can cause digestive discomfort. Cranberry supplements provide a convenient and easy-to-take alternative.

Why choose CranRx? CranRx from Nature’s Way® is a unique cranberry supplement with distinct advantages over other brands.

1) More PACs. CranRx provides up to three times more PACs than typical cranberry supplements. That’s because it is produced from 100% whole Early Black variety cranberries that are naturally richer in PACs than other varieties of cranberries.

2) Clinically studied. Taking 500-1000 mg of the unique, standardized cranberry preparation used in CranRx has been clinically shown to support urinary tract health in women.*2

Taking CranRx

Take 1 capsule daily with an 8 ounce glass of water. For intensive use, take 1 capsule twice daily with an 8 ounce glass of water.

Amount per capsule

CranRx 100% Whole Cranberry ………………………… 500 mg

fruit solids (Early Black variety) standardized to PACs (proanthocyanidins)

©2011 R0 Nature’s Way Products, Inc. / 66748…… 130

Total Fat ……………………………………………………………14 g

Saturated Fat …………………………………………………13 g

Polyunsaturated Fat ………………………………………<0.5 g

Monounsaturated Fat ……………………………………<0.5 g

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) …………………………13 g

©2012 R1 Nature’s Way Products, LLC / 66747

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Nature’s Way Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Nature’s Way® coconut oils are the delicious way to get more MCTs into your daily diet. Natural Energy Source Coconut oil is one of nature’s richest sources of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are “good fats” your body uses to produce energy. It’s an ideal part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as exercise and weight loss programs. Delicious Addition to your Diet Coconut oil can be used in your favorite recipes as a substitute for butter, margarine, shortening or vegetable oils. Blend it into salad dressings, smoothies, sauces and dips. Spread it over bagels and toast. Drizzle it over popcorn. It’s naturally delicious!

Ideal for Cooking Coconut oil can be used for baking, sautéing and frying in temperatures up to 350º F.

Good for Hair & Skin, Grab your body lotion, face cream, hair conditioner or lip balm and look at the list of ingredients. There’s a good chance you will ­nd a few questionable ones, including unwanted chemicals. Thank goodness Mother Nature created coconut oil, which works great as a natural moisturizing lotion and hair conditioner.

Why choose Nature’s Way Coconut Oils ?

Purity, quality and taste—these are the attributes that separate Nature’s Way coconut oils from the competition.

• Made from non-GMO coconuts

• Pure, expeller pressed oil

• High MCT potencies

• Non-hydrogenated

• Solvent free

• No trans fat

Just try Nature’s Way coconut oils and see for yourself. You will be amazed at their pure appearance, delicious creamy flavor, and the many ways you can use them as part of your daily diet—and beyond!

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Organic, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (62% MCTs)

Hardens when chilled, turns liquid at room temperature • Great to use as a spread

Amount per tablespoon (14 g)

Calories …………………………………………………………… 130

Total Fat ……………………………………………………………14 g

Saturated Fat …………………………………………………13 g

Polyunsaturated Fat ………………………………………<0.5 g

Monounsaturated Fat ………………………………………<1 g

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) ………………………… 9 g

Premium Liquid

 

Coconut Oil (93% MCTs) Higher MCT potency keeps it always liquid

and pourable—even when refrigerated

Amount per tablespoon (15 mL)

Calories …………………………………………………………… 130

Total Fat ……………………………………………………………14 g

Saturated Fat …………………………………………………13 g

Polyunsaturated Fat ………………………………………<0.5 g

Monounsaturated Fat ……………………………………<0.5 g

Order online at www.vitaminlife.com

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) …………………………13 g

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The 6 Most Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Supplement

Just like with every product out on the market – it is difficult to know exactly which is the most beneficial, and which will do the most harm on the body. Do not judge a book by its cover. Just because a bottle reads “Fish Oil” and is the most cost effective selection of the thousands of options out there does not make it the best choice for you. Before you decide to purchase whatever supplement it is that you are interested in, this blog will help you ensure that you are choosing not only the correct product, but the most quality vitamin that will fit your needs.

1. Understand what your needs are before choosing a supplement.

It is important to assess exactly what you need to take the supplement for, and use those key words as part of your search when looking for the right one for you. If your healthcare provider or nutritionist has recommended something to you – make sure you know what dosages, purities and forms you are looking for first before making your decision.

2. Read the entire label.

Are you gluten free? Are you vegan? Do you have any other sort of allergies of concern? Some products contain these allergens and products that would not be suitable for you and more often an item will specify gluten free or certified vegan if it is. Sometimes you will need to check the bottom or the other side of the box to find additional information (i.e. expiration date, contact information, etc.)

3. Take the suggested serving size.

Each reputable product should have a serving size listed on the label, similar to a food item you purchase. Just like buying shoes – you want to make sure that the supplement you choose fits. The FDA has done extensive research on how much our body needs on a daily basis (Percent Daily Value or PDA) so any more than what is recommended by either the FDA or your health care professional could have the opposite effect of what you are intending to take the supplement for.

4. Follow the storage instructions.

Most supplements will recommend that you store your supplements in a cool dry place for best use, and to store them in their original packaging. It is very important to pay attention to expiration dates as well, to ensure that you are not ingesting an expired product.

5. Know your abbreviations.

Dosage amounts are very important. You don’t want to purchase a product with micrograms when your health care provider recommended milligrams, or you will end up taking a lot more volume than necessary, and spending a great deal of extra money to get the amount your body needs.

Some Frequently used abbreviations:
Microgram (mcg) = 1/1000 milligram MG
IU = International Unit
MFG = manufacturer
DV = Daily Value

6. Can you contact the manufacturer?

If the answer is no, do not purchase the product. By law the manufacturer is required to provide contact information in order for consumers to contact them to ask questions. Typically you will find a toll free phone number and a website on the bottle or packaging.

Below is an example of a supplement label. I have pointed out some of the important things to pay attention to that should come standard on all supplements.

 

Questions?

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Why should kids have all the fun? Alive! Multi-Vitamin Gummies & Vitamin D3 5,000 IU Chewables

Why should kids have all the fun?

Introducing new Alive!® Adult Multi-Vitamin Gummies from Nature’s Way® - The tastiest way to take your multi-vitamins. Alive! ® Gummies are more complete and potent than other gummy multi-vitamins* because they’re packed with 26 fruits and vegetables plus vitamins and minerals. Alive! Includes a full B-vitamin complex for energy and metabolism* with Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Choline & Inositol. Alive! ® also contains extra Vitamin C and Vitamin D.

Alive! Gummies contain the whole body nourishment to help support a healthy heart, bones, digestion, energy, immunity and eyes* and are available in a convenient 3 gummy daily dose. Unlike other gummy multi-vitamins, Alive! Gummies are 100% gluten & gelatin free and are sweetened with organic tapioca and cane juice. Plus they come in 3 great-tasting natural flavors: Cherry, Grape and Orange.

Contains no yeast, wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs or peanuts. No artificial flavors or preservatives.

Gummy appearance may change over time due to natural color. This does not alter product potency. Keep out of reach of children.

VITAMIN D3 5,000 IU

The delicious way to take Vitamin D3

New Vitamin D3 5,000 IU now available in great-tasting chocolate chewables exclusively from Enzymatic Therapy®. Vitamin D3 promotes a strong immune system, as well as healthy bones.*

Many clinical trials have demonstrated the benefits of vitamin D to support bone strength and density.* Supplementation with vitamin D at dosages of 700-800 IU daily or higher has been associated with a 23-26% improvement in bone health, especially for older adults.*

Enzymatic Therapy’s Vitamin D3 5,000 IU Chocolate chewables are a delicious and convenient way to support a healthy lifestyle.

  • Vitamin D3 provides an easy way to increase intake of cholecalciferol – the same form of vitamin D our bodies create naturally.
  • And, since the chocolate chewable tablet is delicious, taking this supplement is easy to remember.

To support healthy bones* Healthy bones need vitamin D to properly use calcium and phosphorus.* Vitamin D helps regulate calcium and phosphorus absorption through the intestines, reduces kidney excretion of calcium, and regulates the amount of calcium in the bones.*

To support a healthy immune system and other health functions in the body* Vitamin D has been shown to enhance healthy cell replication and division, as well as influencing healthy glucose metabolism.*

This product does not contain artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, dairy products, gluten, preservatives, salt, soy, sugar, wheat, yeast.This product contains natural ingredients; color variations are normal.

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8 Week Course Sahaja Meditation

Discover what meditation is all about.

Learn why so many are already enjoying the benefits. Learn how to meditate and balance energy centers with guided meditations. Sahaja Meditation weekly classes are offered free of charge. 1 hour meetings are practical sessions, with guided collective meditations. It is meditation based and not “exercise” yoga. No postures and special clothing are required. Come relax and enjoy!

 

Schedule:

WEEK 1 – Saturday May 5th, 2012, 10-11am at VitaminLife click here for directions

• Introduction to Meditation

• Questions & Answers

WEEK 2 – TBA

• Subtle System and Energy Centers

• How to achieve state of silence

• Easy techniques to help reduce stress

• Foot soak Demo

WEEK 3 – TBA

• Balancing the natural energy

• Reading your hands

• Learn to meditate at home

• Guided meditation

WEEK 4 – TBA

• Ice Pack Treatment

• How to calm your thoughts and have a restful sleep

• Bringing attention within

• Guided meditation

WEEK 5 – TBA

• Self-Mastery

• Diagnosing problems in our

Energy Centers

• Clearing your Energy centers

• Guided meditation

WEEK 6 – TBA

• Meditation for Health

• Workshop

• Guided Meditation

• Tips for meditating at home

WEEK 7 – TBA

• How music helps Meditation

• Guided Meditation

• Open Forum for discussion

WEEK 8 – TBA

• The complete Integration

• Take tools for meditating at

• Guided Meditation CD to help you meditate at home

 

 

Sahaja Meditation is a not-for-profit, offering free spiritual meditation guidance in more than 75 countries.

Nature's Way Alive Men's 50+ Multivitamin - Multimineral - 50 Tablet - Multivitamins-Senior

Why Seniors Need Nutrient Supplementation

By Don Webber

February 2012

Length of Days and Long Life
From time immemorial Homo sapiens has always yearned for the proverbial “length of days and long life”  perhaps because it’s hard-wired in the human psyche by virtue of our God-given, genetic imprint known in Western culture as the Imago Dei—Image of God.  Yes, our traditional birthday prayer and fervent hope for those we love has always been Ad Multos Annos—For Many Years.

Some scientific studies in the burgeoning field of epigenetics (nutrient control and modulation of genetic expression), however, suggest that the secret to length of days and long life may not be exclusively attributable to one’s genes after all.  Longevity, it has been reasoned, is more the result of our cultural modus vivendi generally referred to as a “healthy lifestyle,” ideally characterized by such distinctives as a Mediterranean-like diet, caloric restriction, adequate hydration, sound sleep, sunshine exposure, periodic physical activity (e.g., walking, if nothing else), drug avoidance, sound mind, emotional balance, meditation, and dietary supplementation.

Well, so much for genetics alone as an excuse for mainstream medicine’s anti-aging antagonism and unreasonable rejection of “preventive medicine” in favor of “early detection,” rejuvenation research and nutritional/herbal  therapies for longevity and life extension.

Seniors and Senility at Sixty
In January 2006 an estimated 77 million American “baby boomers” (1946 – 1964) turned sixty.  This generational milestone begs the question whether these senescent seniors will succumb to early senility.  Speculation has it that these well-heeled, sixty-something seniors will seek to delay “the way of all the earth” by taking their healthcare into their own hands.  Many healthcare “experts” so-called, however, predict the proliferation of a “longevity for sale” mentality and marketplace in today’s internet-savvy, consumer-driven healthcare era.

Also expected is a veritable explosion of increasingly popular “nutraceuticals” so-called including natural (organic and raw) foods, food-sourced vitamin/mineral multiples, and a seemingly infinite number of discrete dietary supplements from astaxanthin to zinc.  In brief, the proverbial “Fountain of Youth” has never been sought after so seriously as by today’s 21st century boomer generation.  Will it prove to be a boom or bust?

Nutrient Depleted Diets
Ten years ago a popular book, provocatively titled Death by Diet, and many others since that time have made the case for diet-induced, boomer deterioration as evidenced by their bad eyes, bad ears, bad teeth, bad hair, bad breath, bad hearts, bad bones, bad nails, bad backs, “bad” cholesterol, low to no libido, and ultimately untimely death.  Yes, common sense informs us that we most certainly are what we eat and metabolize.  To think and act otherwise does not make for a happy and long life as evidenced by our increasingly deplorable healthcare statistics.

Make no mistake about it, nutrient insufficiency or even worse frank deficiency will eventually trigger physiological dysfunction, disease and death in the end.  The Standard American Diet, aptly tagged with the acronym SAD, and its resultant obesity epidemic especially with the youngest among us is in fact America’s saddest running “healthcare” story.

That diets loaded with junk or ersatz food, processed and promoted by Big Ag for the past 60 years plus, are altogether nutrient-negative is simply a no-brainer.  But even healthy diets devoted to otherwise nourishing fruits, vegetables and grass-raised meats—sorry PETA and vegans—are no longer what they used to be given their source, viz., mineral and trace element depleted soil and their chemicalized fertilizer and pesticide environment.

Contrary to contemporary evolutionary theory, the biblical narrative presents the human being as having emerged from the humus, that vital organic component of the soil, which is also required to sustain human life by the vital and plentiful plant life it provides.  Another no-brainer?

Nutrient Depleting Drugs
An equally, if not an even more insidious detriment to a senior’s health and well-being, is allopathic medicine’s FDA approved and physician assisted, “standard of care” practice of polypharmacy—pharmaceutical drugs for every diagnosis and disease.  While some drugs—think man-made, alien molecular entities—may admittedly sometimes deliver some in extremis seniors from death’s door, there should be no place for an ever increasing and life-threatening drugging of our seniors, especially those in “assisted living” facilities, which for all intents and purposes are sadly tantamount to what could be called “assisted dying” homes.

Consult the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook (and Dr. Ray Strand’s Death by Prescription) for a comprehensive “Beta-Carotene to Zinc” listing of nature’s nutrients known to be nuked by man’s medicines.  Those vital substances include: bifidobacteria, biotin, carnitine, chromium, coenzyme Q10, iodine, lactobacillus acidophilus, magnesium, molybdenum, potassium, silicon, vanadium, and all the fat-soluble (A,D,E,K) as well as the water-soluble B (1,2,3,5,6,12) vitamins, not to mention good old vitamin C.  Good God!  No wonder our seniors are dying before their time.  And we dare call it “healthcare” instead of what it really is—drug care?  Whatever happened to the popular mantra “Just say no to [pharmaceutical] drugs”?

Nutrient Defining Diseases
Despite the many scientific and technological advances in conventional allopathic medicine in recent years, there is today perhaps no other factor as demoralizing and utterly devastating to baby boomers than autoimmunity more commonly referred to as “autoimmune disease”—the number one enemy of longevity and anti-aging healthcare.  As its name suggests, this malicious malady for which there is no conventional “cure” causes the body’s immune system to betray the boomer by launching and sustaining a self-destructing assault upon the body chemistry with usually crippling results.

For many seniors any autoimmunity disease such as Alzheimer’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Crohn’s Disease and Lupus Erythematosis to name only a few can become a merciless killer.  Dietary and clinical nutrition alone offer hope for the prevention and “cure” of these nutrient defining or related conditions.  Thankfully, both the ancients and today’s naturopathic-minded physicians and clinicians subscribe to the timeless principle of Vis Medicatrix Naturae—The Healing Power of Nature, and prescribe accordingly.

On-going research and clinical trials have repeatedly proven the therapeutic efficacy of sunshine and its supplemental substitute, Vitamin D, in the prevention and treatment of innumerable diseases including those of an autoimmune nature such as MS, the debilitating neuromuscular disease on the rise in the Western world.  Other substances shown to be effective in preventing and/or ameliorating this condition and others include: proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes such as bromelain and papain, essential fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, minerals such as magnesium and iodine, polyphenols such as curcumin and resveratrol, and the B vitamins especially B12 in its active,  methylcobalamin form.

Herbal therapy for MS often includes such notable medicinal botanicals as ginkgo, green tea extract (ECGC), olive leaf, and milk thistle, while dietary therapy often includes such well-known Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acid oils as fish, flax, and evening primrose.

Antioxidants for Anti-Aging
According to current scientific research, boosting the body’s levels of natural antioxidants such as enzymes could be the anti-aging key to “length of days.”  The proven and potent life-extension properties of the antioxidant enzyme catalase, for example, functioning in concert with another important endogenous enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD for short), work together to scavenge and neutralize so-called free radicals—highly destructive “rusting” agents (technically known as “reactive oxygen species” or ROS for short), responsible for accelerated aging especially within the graying boomer community.  Don’t old folk often look like they’re rusted?

Innumerable foods and herbs function as amazing antioxidants including ashwaganda, astragalus, bee propolis, colorful, carotenoid-rich berries, garlic, ginsengs, oregano, spirulina, and turmeric not to mention—believe it or not—dark beer and red wine (as well as black coffee and green tea) for stress reduction and a longer and happier life. As a matter of fact, the feisty and beloved internet doc, William Campbell Douglass II (MD), recently praised beer as a “health food” because of its bona fide health benefits.

This author’s youngest son, himself a new MDeity (thank you Charlie Brown) in Preventive Medicine with the USAF, commenting on the Douglass report, confirmed: “He’s right.  Study after study shows that moderate alcohol consumption decreases all-cause and cardiovascular mortality.  And it doesn’t matter which type of alcohol.  It’s probably the anti-coagulant and cholesterol modification effects of the alcohol itself that helps. If you want more proof, check out the . . . graph from a meta-analysis of 34 articles published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006.”  Some doctors get it.

The take home message for seniors (and juniors too): take anti-aging antioxidants for promoting the proverbial “length of days and long life.”

Rejuvenation and Renewal

Our culture’s seemingly relentless progression from discomfort, distress, dysfunction, disease and decay to an ultimately untimely demise is simply the result of an unhealthy lifestyle and its devastating effect on both body and soul—bigness of body and smallness of soul.  Indeed, physical and metaphysical malnutrition is most certainly an increasingly deadly combination especially for seniors.

To reverse direction, to recover from this death-dealing syndrome, to rejuvenate our dead-tired bodies, and to renew our lives we must get back to the basics of diet and dietary supplements as needed.  In short, a broad-spectrum, applied clinical nutrition solution is required to maximize our immune response to the wide variety of acute and chronic challenges that plague our 21st century boomer community.

As an old wholistic doctor friend and mentor has long emphasized, “The road to [healthcare] success is always under construction—and always a toll road.  Nutritional modulators are required to fix, patch, repair and mend the road more traveled.”  And for seniors the most cost effective preventative for keeping on the road and out of the ditch is by nutritional supplementation with a broad-spectrum, food-based, vitamin/mineral multiple—daily.

Science and Supplements
Research out of UC Berkley in late 2007 validated what nutritionally-minded healthcare professionals have been clinically proving and demonstrating to be true around the country and abroad for much of the 20th century, namely, that nutrition works, just as the research paper’s title assures us and all those with healthcare ears to hear and minds to believe—the “Use of Multiple Nutritional Supplements Found to Be Beneficial to Health.” Duh!

Just before the turn of the millennium, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition echoed the Hippocratic dictum delivered some 2,500 years earlier: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” by stating unequivocally that “vegetables and fruit and their constituents are potent effectors of biological systems in humans.”  Yes, sometimes science does make some sense, believe it or not, and confirms what has been known for millennia.

Seniors and Supplements
To begin with, it must be emphasized that dietary supplements are intended to supplement the diet—another no-brainer for sure.  As famously mandated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), they are not in and of themselves intended “to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”  Amazingly to its credit, the government’s Department of Health and Human Services supports dietary supplementation by asking this simple question: “Even if you eat a wide variety of foods, how can you be sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients you need as you get older?  Supplements and fortified foods may also help you get appropriate amounts of nutrients [emphasis added].”  Imagine that!

In the interest of full disclosure on the other hand, the conventional medical establishment is also well-known for its traditional and relentless trashing of dietary supplements “. . . widely used by older adults, even though the effectiveness of these supplements in preventing illness is questionable” according to a recent “Best Evidence Review” of the subject in terms of “Mortality Rates in Older Women” reported by Medscape just last month.

Senior Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation
As noted earlier, in addition to a healthy balanced diet, a daily, food-based, broad-spectrum, vitamin/mineral multiple will serve seniors well in their pursuit of a disease-free, active life well beyond their sixties and seventies.

Conventional multi-vitamin/mineral products, however, comprised in the main if not entirely of synthetic isolates, are not food-based, and therefore cannot deliver the health benefits of a whole food supplement—naturally.  The whole is greater than the sum of its parts in terms of the synergy and potency of whole foods and food-based supplements such as those manufactured by highly respected companies such as Garden of Life, MegaFood, and New Chapter, to mention only three among many.

Whole food-based supplements can be described as “phytonutrient complexes” typically comprised of probiotic-cultured vegetables, fruits, whole herbs, and herbal extracts of organic origin to the extent possible.  Only such natural products provide genuine dietary supplementation, not to say, however, that vitamin and mineral isolates have no place in applied clinical nutrition for targeting specific nutrient deficiencies associated with any number of common physiological dysfunctions and diseases.  Foods are complex organic entities comprised of both known and unknown factors; food supplements should be too.  One of the early 20th century nutritional pioneers, Dr. Royal Lee, employed this accommodated use of Scripture to explain the infinitely complex nature of food: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”  It’s another no-brainer!

Seniors who take care of themselves by “living out” all or most of the basic lifestyle principles can truly benefit from whole-food supplementation for general as well as for specific healthcare objectives.  Such plant-based formulations provide not only the major minerals and vitamins, but also the many trace elements and other substances of innumerable categories in their proper bioactive forms for optimum absorption and metabolic utilization including but not limited to: an array of amino acids, co-enzyme B vitamins, cholecalciferol D3, methylcobalamin B12, methylfolate, bioflavonoid complexed vitamin C, vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols, chelated minerals and little known trace elements.

PubMed Central of the National Library of Medicine offers a treasure trove of scientific research including randomized blinded studies and human clinical trials which validate the therapeutic efficacy of dietary supplementation for senior men and women.  Aging seniors need not worry about the health of their bones, breasts, eyes, hearts, memories, prostates—or cholesterol.  Why?  Medicus Curat, Natura Sanat—The Doctor Cares, but Nature Heals.