Prevention - Generation 50plus
A lifetime of good health
Throughout life, our metabolisms change. Muscle mass declines and overall performance decreases. At the same time, the process through which we put out on fat accelerates. This results in our individual nutritional requirements changing- something we all should take into account in order to prevent becoming overweight.
In addition, fluctuating hormone levels as of the middle age can lead to mood swings and/or episodes of depression. Furthermore, vision and hearing, along with memory usually decline as well with age.
In order to maintain the body’s regulatory capacity even in old age, a diet including an increased amount of vital substances must be ingested daily. Here, polyunsaturated fatty acids- among other substances- play the key role. They are essential and have to be supplied through daily diet. Once in the body, these fatty acids are vital for both improved blood flow and flexibility of blood vessels. Both of these factors are critical in the maintenance of healthy blood pressure. Moreover, having healthy blood pressure ensures that vital elements of the body such as heart muscle and the sensory organs including the eyes and the brain are optimally supplied with blood and nutrients. In addition, polyunsaturated fats are required as critical building blocks for nerve and brain cells. An adequate daily supply of these fatty acids ensures the preservation of cognitive and memory skills, as well as emotional stability.
The right fats for lifelong health and vitality
Those who wish to remain fit and healthy even into old age should start changing their eating and exercise habits early. When selecting foods, pay particular attention to the type of fatty acids which they contain. Especially people of middle age or greater have an increased need for polyunsaturated fats.
Take good care of your digestive tract!
Whether our cells actually benefit from the food we consume each day, depends largely on our intestinal health. The decisive factor is our intestines’ ability to absorb the nutrients that we eat. Dr. Johanna Budwig, thus, recommended daily consumption of fresh sauerkraut juice or sour milk to maintain our intestines and their intestinal flora. Furthermore, the regular consumption of dietary fiber plays an important role in healthy bowel function. Therefore, an integral part our daily diet should include 1-2 tablespoons of shredded and fortified linseed, blended into a Budwig cream, made of quark and flax seed oil, or in Muttersaft (pure, unfiltered, unsweetened first-press juice of a fruit or berry) such as Fermentgold.
It's all in the mix
Consuming a wide variety of high-quality fatty acids daily is essential to our health. High energy oil compositions provide excellent sources of these fatty acids. People who wish to stay healthy and vital even in old age should look to high-quality oils such as linseed oil, hempseed oil, borage oil, Brazil nut oil, wheat germ oil, grape seed oil, algae oil, blackcurrant seed oil or Siberian pine nut oil as ideal suppliers of these important fatty acids.
Both hemp oil and black currant seed oil have unusual fatty acid compositions. In addition to the essential fatty acids linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), they also contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA) along with a fatty acid rarely found in vegetable oils, stearidonic acid (SDA), which exhibits strong anti-inflammatory properties. The presence of stearidonic acid is particularly noteworthy, as it promotes the conversion of ALA to DHA – a process which is often susceptible to interference- and thereby optimizes the conversion rate. The high content of linoleic acid in currant seed oil strengthens the skin’s natural barrier and, thus, protects it against dehydration.
Borage seed oil has a high content of the essential omega-6 fatty acid, gamma linolenic acid (GLA). These healthy fatty acids promote metabolism and can favorably affect inflammatory processes, in particular those which plague the skin.
Brazil nut oil is rich in selenium, which is an essential trace element and, hence, must be supplied through food. Selenium is a component of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase and, therefore, also of the antioxidant protective system inherent to our bodies. Selenium may play an important role in protecting our cell membranes from oxidative damage by scavenging upon free radicals.
Wheat germ oil is the oil with the highest natural vitamin E content (300 mg / 100 g). Vitamin E helps to protect cells against oxidative stress. According Dr. Johanna Budwig diet recommendations wheatgerm oil should be incorporated into the daily diet with
Due to its content of tocopherols, grape seed oil is regarded as an oil which has super antioxidant, cell membrane protective properties. The phytosterols which it contains are known to help to reduce harmful LDL cholesterol.
Siberian pine nut oil is rich in vitamin E, lecithin, and trace elements. Internally, it promotes healthy gastrointestinal function and lowers cholesterol. Siberian pine nut oil is believed to relieve or even completely alleviate the symptoms of an inflamed stomach lining.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supports healthy heart, brain, and eye function
Specially cultivated algae are rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid which is normally only found in fatty sea fish. DHA is an important building block of our cell membranes- particularly those of nerve and brain cells. It also improves the rate of blood flow and, thus, reduces the risk of hypertension and heart attack. Moreover, improving blood flow also prevents the clumping together of platelets. This, in turn, ensures that even the smallest of blood vessels, for example, those found in the eye, receive adequate blood flow which can, as a result, have helpful effects on failing eyesight. An adequate supply of DHA may slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Additionally, the body can synthesize particular tissue hormones which have favorable effects on inflammatory responses from DHA.
Algae oil presents a vegetable, unencumbered source DHA, and makes an ideal component in high-quality oil compositions.
The bottom line
Nutrition plays an important role at any age. In particular, people of over 50 years of age have an increased requirement for essential fatty acids. Therefore, healthy fatty acids must be included in their daily diet. The consumption of saturated fatty acids and trans fats should be significantly reduced or avoided completely. To meet the demand for the other nutrients, plenty of vegetables, fruits, wholesome grains and natural dairy products should of course be present on the menu as well.