Consider Taking These Nutrients As You Age, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 316
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Welcome to part two of our episode on nutrients you should consider taking when aging. You can catch up on the first part of this podcast here.
There are a number of different nutrients that, as we age, we have trouble absorbing. We become less efficient at utilizing them. We may also lose them in our urine. Taking a little bit extra of these nutrients helps make up for that.
Nutrients for Healthy Aging, Recommended by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: This nutrient is commonly sourced from fish oil. With age, we absorb less fish oils from our foods. This means that there is less omega-3 content in our heart and brain, which of course coincides with a drop in both heart health and brain function. These fatty acids are important for eye health, brain health and heart health. You need them for memory functions. Without fish oils, you have a high risk of all kinds of brain diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Omega-3s are an essential fatty acid, meaning that your body can’t make it. You have to get them from a source. A good source is eating an ocean-type fish like mackerel or salmon three times a week, but you can also take a krill oil or fish oil capsule. Mussels also contain a high level of fish oils. For people who are vegan or vegetarian, you can also get omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseeds, walnuts and algae.†
- Fiber: Fiber is important at any age because it feeds your good bacteria and helps protect you from developing strokes. Fiber can lower your cholesterol, blood sugar and risk of colon
cancer. Most people do not get enough fiber in their diets because they are not eating enough vegetables, fruits and whole grains. You can take a fiber supplement to support this.†
- Lutein: Lutein is an orangey, reddish pigment found in green leafy vegetables. You need about 10mg of lutein in your bloodstream every day because this reflects the amount of lutein in your eyeballs and brain. You need lutein to protect your eyes, support good vision, promote memory and protect your brain. Studies are finding that older people with more lutein in the brains have better memory function. Lutein absorption declines with age. As a double whammy, statin drugs also lower the amount of lutein in your body. This is why it is important to supplement with a high-quality lutein supplement.†
- Collagen: Your body is made out of collagen, which is a type of protein. When you’re young, you can eat beans, fish, eggs or some other form of protein and you’re very capable of converting that protein into collagen because you’re growing and you need more skin and longer bones, ligaments and tissues. Collagen is 36% of the bone and works together with calcium and Vitamin D to support strong bones. Collagen also has the ability to prevent the bones from chipping and breaking when you hit them because it gives them shock-absorption capacity. Collagen makes your joint cartilage in your knees so you don’t get bone-on-bone arthritis.†
Tune into the full podcast episode for more details on Jerry’s recommendations to support the aging body. Don’t forget to catch up on the first part of this podcast episode to hear the remainder of Jerry’s recommendations.
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