The very process of aging is caused by free radicals oxidising our cells, and inflammation is known as the precursor to diseases such as arthritis, gastritis, dermatitis and even cancer. While we can’t stop the aging process (yet), we can take steps to slow it down – i.e. to slow down oxidation and decrease inflammation in our bodies. You’ve no doubt heard about antioxidants – the term is thrown around very often and it is true – antioxidants are a great way to protect your body from free radicals and inflammation. Some of the most powerful antioxidants include Vitamin C, Co Enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinol) and Astaxantine. Some of the most powerful anti-inflammatories include Omega 3 and Turmeric.
Levels of Omegas 3, 6 and 9 in the blood should be checked as we typically have insufficient Omega 3 in our diets, and Omega 3 is the most beneficial for cellular health and repair. Omega 3 supplements should be high dose and enteric coated, which triples the absorption in the bowels. Tests for overall inflammation in the body can be done with a CRP (C-Reactive Protein) high sensitivity blood test (or Inflammatory Marker Test). Results should be less than 1, if not then further investigation is needed. Another useful test is for hormone (Testosterone, HGH and Thyroid) levels to decide on an appropriate bioidentical hormone treatment for them, as bioidentical hormones are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Finally, start supplementing with good quality Vitamin C and Co Enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinol) and try to incorporate Turmeric into your diet. Of course if you’re serious about taking steps to slow down the aging process, and reducing inflammation, you need a holistic approach and an experienced hand to guide you. There are a multitude of factors that can help or hinder your efforts. The Long Life Clinic aims to educate you and help you live longer and disease free.
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