Collagen – vital to staying young

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Reduce the signs of ageing with Collagen

The key issue here is that collagen degrades faster than the body can replenish it; and it gets worse the older we get. We are reliant on our diets for the building blocks needed to replace collagen and as we get older our ability to replace collagen fast enough decreases. In simple terms demand simply outstrips supply. A person carrying an injury has an urgent increased demand and should that person be older than their mid-20′s, the human body loses collagen faster than it produces it.

How get best results with Collagen?

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Collagen is one of the building blocks of our bodies

After oral consumption, monitoring has shown an accumulation of hydrolysates in the joint tissue. This stimulates chondrocytes to produce a natural bio-synthesis of collagen in the affected joint tissue. In a recent study these positive effects have even been clinically recorded by showing a thickening of cartilage tissue on MRI scans.

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Some ailments where Collagen may assist, include;

  • General; aches, limps, post-operations, pains, soreness, stiffness, sprains and twists
  • Ageing; degeneration, dental, eyesight, infirm and unstable, pressure sores, sore feet, ulcers
  • Chronic; nerve point pain, old and ongoing injury, osteoarthritis, ‘pins & needles’, tendonitis
  • Injury; burns, cartilage, ligament, muscle tears, scarring and stitches, tendons, wounds
  • Specialist; some collagen deficiencies, cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, skin ailments and grafts

by “PaulBarton”

B Vitamins Explained

B Vitamins – introduction

I’ve recommended B Vitamins for years but this article spells out in detail what the functions of B Vitamins are – well worth a look.

Vitamin BWhen people refer to B Vitamins they are essentially referring to water-soluble vitamins (excluding Vitamin C). These include:

  • Thiamine (vitamin B1)
  • riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • niacin (vitamin B3)
  • pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
  • pyridoxoine (vitamin B6)
  • biotin, folic acid and cobalmins (vitamin B12)

At one time it was thought that there was a single Vitamin B but researchers later found that there are many that work independently.  The importance of adequate B Vitamins in the diet cannot be over-emphasised. As water soluble vitamins cannot be stored by the body and any excesses are simply flushed away.

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Use this simple image of vitamin rich food sources

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) contributes to

  • normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • normal functioning of the nervous system
  • normal psychological functions
  • normal heart functions

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) contributes to:

  • normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • normal functioning of the nervous system
  • maintenance of normal mucous membranes
  • normal red blood cells
  • normal skin and vision
  • normal metabolism of iron
  • protection of cells from oxidative stress
  • reduction of tiredness and fatigue

What is Pantothenic acid – Vitamin B5

Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5, is essential to all forms of life. Pantothenic acid is found throughout living cells in the form of coenzyme A (CoA), a vital coenzyme in numerous chemical reactions.

Pantothenic acid is a component of coenzyme A (CoA), an essential coenzyme in a variety of reactions that sustain life. CoA is required for chemical reactions that generate energy from food (fat, carbohydrates, and proteins). The synthesis of essential fats, cholesterol, and steroid hormones requires CoA, as does the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, and the hormone, melatonin. Heme, a component of hemoglobin, requires a CoA-containing compound for its synthesis. Metabolism of a number of drugs and toxins by the liver requires CoA

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) contributes to:

  • normal synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones, some neurotransmitters, and vitamin D
  • normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • normal mental performance
  • reduction of tiredness and fatigue

Vitamin B6 contributes to

  • normal cysteine synthesis
  • normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • normal functioning of the nervous system
  • normal homo-cysteine metabolism
  • normal protein and glycogen metabolism
  • normal psychological function
  • normal red blood cell formation
  • normal function of the immune system
  • reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • regulation of the hormonal system

Vitamin B6 – Research

Scientists are studying vitamin B6 to understand how it affects health. Here are some examples of what this research has shown.

Heart disease
Some scientists had thought that certain B vitamins (such as folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6) might reduce heart disease risk by lowering levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood. Although vitamin B supplements do lower blood homocysteine, research shows that they do not actually reduce the risk or severity of heart disease or stroke.

Cancer
People with low levels of vitamin B6 in the blood might have a higher risk of certain kinds of cancer, such as colorectal cancer. But studies to date haven’t shown that vitamin B6 supplements can help prevent cancer or lower the chances of dying from this disease.

Cognitive Function
Some research indicates that elderly people who have higher blood levels of vitamin B6 have better memory. However, taking vitamin B6 supplements (alone or combined with vitamin B12 and/or folic acid) does not seem to improve cognitive function or mood in healthy people or in people with dementia.

Premenstrual Syndrome
Scientists aren’t yet certain about the potential benefits of taking vitamin B6 for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). But some studies show that vitamin B6 supplements could reduce PMS symptoms, including moodiness, irritability, forgetfulness, bloating, and anxiety.

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
At least half of all women experience nausea, vomiting, or both in the first few months of pregnancy. Based on the results of several studies, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends taking vitamin B6 supplements under a doctor’s care for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

What is Biotin

Biotin is a B vitamin that is sometimes referred to as vitamin H or vitamin B7. It is one of the eight vitamins in the vitamin B-complex. The B vitamins, in general, help in promoting healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver and a healthy mouth.

Most diets contain foods that supply more than enough biotin to keep a person healthy. Biotin is naturally present in many foods, such as meats, saltwater fish, cooked egg yolks, milk, poultry, legumes, whole grains and brewer’s yeast. Sometimes, biotin content in food is reduced when foods are cooked or frozen. The best way to prepare a biotin-rich food, in order to retain its biotin content, is through steaming.

Biotin contributes to:

  • normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • normal functioning of the nervous system
  • normal macro-nutrient metabolism
  • maintenance of normal hair, mucous membranes and normal skin

Vitamin B12 contributes to:

  • normal functioning of the nervous system
  • normal homo-cysteine metabolism
  • normal psychological function
  • normal red blood cell production
  • normal immune system function
  • reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • process of cell division

Top 10 biomarkers of ageing

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Ageing is under our control

I came across a  statement the other day. It was that “75% of our health and Life expectancy beyond 40 years is modifiable based upon the choices we make”. What does that mean?

If we make the right choices for our health and ageing then we can effectively slow our biological clocks and reduce the ageing process.

In order to understand the ageing process we need to look at the biological markers that indicate that ageing process. There is no one definitive list but here are my top 10, the most influential ones.

There are many indicators of health and wellness and these are my top 10:

  1. increased body fat. As our body fat goes up so does our level of inflammation and that is a very good indicator of biological stress.
  2. elevated blood pressure. Our blood pressure is a real-time indicator of the state of our cardiovascular system. Most often high blood pressure is the result of restrictions in the blood vessels or constrictions around them. Low blood pressure can signify inefficiencies in our heart function.
  3. decreased bone density. As we age our bones can become less flexible and more brittle. The role of osteoclasts and osteoblasts dictates the majority of our bone health. Both of these are regulated by our hormonal system and exercise plays a major part.
  4. loss of strength and flexibility
  5. reduced cardiovascular endurance
  6. reduced skin elasticity
  7. blood sugar disturbance
  8. insulin resistance
  9. fluctuating hormone levels
  10. reduced immunity

So we have a choice between health/wellness and sickness. If you want to ask about any health issues please contact me. The first consultation is always free.

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