The philosophy of Patrick Holford, author of ‘The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing’, is about ‘prevention’ with the aim of avoiding the ‘drug cocktail’ approach to health.
There’s a tendency to leave your health (and ageing) in the hands of your doctor. But is this a sensible approach? If you are ready to take charge of your own ageing, you’ll need to be thinking about what you eat, the micronutrients you take in, and the amount and type of exercise you do. There is also an important place for supplementation.
You are going to age, so you may as well get good at it.
Keeping your mitochondria, DNA and the rest of the key players in your micro-factories working as well as possible is an essential part of ageing well. Have you ever considered what nutrients slow down cellular ageing and what levels you need? Patrick Holford has. He has followed the research for over 30 years. This includes how nutrients and supplement use effect telomere length, one of the best indicators of ageing as well as how deficiency of nutrient and micronutrients can causes DNA and mitochondrial damage and the importance of antioxidants for protection from the DNA damaging effects of oxidants. You can read more on the Patrick Holford website.
As a result, he created a daily supplement programme of 3 ‘Essential’ supplements, that all work together in synergy.
After the age of 50, he recommends adding in Brain Food and Age Antioxidant.
Supplements available separately or as part of The 100% Health Pack in blister strips.
Age Antioxidant is a synergistic antioxidant complex to help maintain ongoing vitality and wellbeing.
Antioxidants protect our bodies from the free-radicals we are exposed to in the environment and that are produced as a by-product of metabolism. Over time exposure to antioxidants can damage cellular health and may contribute to the ageing process.
Antioxidants are team players. You need a combination of vitamin E and C, beta carotene, as well as glutathione, anthocyanidins, lipoic acid and co-enzyme Q10 to do the job of disarming oxidants properly. Age Antioxidant contains 7 nutrients working in synergy to help support your body’s natural defences as you age. Vitamin C, Vitamin E and selenium contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress* .
Take with Vitamin C – found in Optimum Nutrition Formula and ImmuneC – see above.
Brain Food contains phospholipids and B vitamins – support for healthy brain function at any age, but ideal as you reach age 50+. Combine with Essential Omegas (part of the daily programme) for maximum effectiveness.
Connect is for anyone who feels the need to support their cognitive function and wants the benefit of high dose B6 and B12 vitamins, folate (as bioavailable 5-MTHF) and Trimethylglycine which helps the body metabolise homocysteine. It was formulated specifically for those with a high homocysteine level (linked to many health issues) and who need support with the methylation process. However getting homocysteine measured can be challenging. Find out more about How to Lower Your Homocysteine and How to Get Tested on the Patrick Holford website.
Combine with Essential Omegas (part of the daily programme) for maximum effectiveness.
Vitamin D is used for many processes in the body and to support healthy ageing – from brain to immunity to bone health. In the brain it is neuroprotective and for bones it helps with calcium balance. Both neurons and glial cells have vitamin D receptors, that helps control gene expression and inflammation in the brain. Patrick Holford’s formulation is high strength – 3000iu.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and an anti-viral, and is also anti-inflammatory – so an impressive three-in-one defender. It is used within many processes in the body and is important for ageing – it plays a role in cellular health, bones, eyes, heart and skin. ImmuneC contains a potent level of Vitamin C – 1800mg per day! Plus zinc which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and Black Elderberry and Ginger working together synergistically for maximum effectiveness.
Cinnachrome is a powerful combination of chromium with cinnamon to stabilise blood sugar with the aim of reducing the production of insulin – avoiding insulin resistance is an important step towards health ageing.
Chromium (405ug in Cinnachrome) is an essential mineral that helps to stabilise blood sugar levels by making you more sensitive to insulin.
The active ingredient in cinnamon, MCHP, mimics the action of the hormone insulin, and in the right amount can remove excess sugar from the bloodstream. The cinnamon in Cinnachrome is a high-potency cinnamon extract. It can be combined with the soluble fibre supplement Carboslow taken at the start of a meal to reduce the blood sugar spike and make the whole meal more slow-releasing and therefore healthier.
It’s really important not to underestimate the impact of stress on the ageing process. Chill Food helps to calm the nervous system through magnesium, amino acids, 5-HTP (the precursor to seratonin) and hops. If you’re feeling stressed, or struggling to sleep, it is ideal natural support.
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Each ingredient is at the most effective dose to help achieve the best results.