I am a healthy 60 year old woman. What would be a good regimen to maintain my health?
Q. Dear Terry, “I am a healthy 60 year old woman. What would be a good regimen to maintain my health?” — Rosemary B., Rio Rancho, NM
A. Dear Rosemary, While there are so many beneficial nutrients out there, these are my top three:
Comprehensive multivitamin and mineral formula: Steer clear of the “one-a-day” varieties – the very best premium daily multivitamin and mineral formulas are taken more than once a day. Look for a multivitamin and mineral formula that features active forms of the B vitamins, along with chelated minerals. Both of these features ensure that nutrients are readily available and more easily absorbed. I suggest taking 2 tablets twice daily.
Omega-3 fatty acids containing DHA and EPA: There are a multitude of studies showing the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for heart, brain, skin, immune, and nervous system health. To get the most of omega-3 fatty acids, find a product that utilizes cold water fish as its main source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and the ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 1 tablet twice daily.
Curcumin: This one amazing herb (my friends in India call it “Indian Gold” because it is so valued) will provide dozens - maybe even hundreds - of health benefits. It is a potent antioxidant and has an amazing capacity to reduce inflammation, which is the root cause of nearly every type of degenerative disease from Alzheimer’s and arthritis to inflammatory bowel conditions and auto-immune disorders. It is very effective for helping to prevent cancer, or to help with recovery after a cancer diagnosis. Curcumin is liver healthy, which means it helps facilitate removal of toxins from the body. Studies also show that it helps alleviate depression. The list could go on and on. I personally think that every adult in America could benefit from taking 750 mg of a clinically studied, high absorbable curcumin daily. However, don’t be fooled by inflated claims. When you choose a curcumin, make sure its absorption has been PROVEN in published human studies.
Terry . . . Naturally