Stay Healthy at Every Age
Does your supplement regimen need a makeover? Update your family’s medicine cabinet with these natural health-enhancing products for people of all ages.
KIDS AND TEENS
Has your child taken a course of antibiotics? Do they often have a sore tummy or diarrhoea? What about allergies, asthma or eczema?
If so, the bacteria in their gut is likely to be all out of whack. Proper levels of good bacteria promote intestinal health, proper immune function, and support the wellbeing of all rugrats.
- To specifically target eczema, consider UltraFlora LGG.
- For asthma and immune issues, try UltraFlora Immune.
- For general maintenance of health, or reculturing the gut after probiotics look at Emed’s Best Probiotics.
What if we could give our children one supplement that would boost their brain function, sharpen their vision, improve their behaviour and balance their mood?
Sounds too good to be true but the simple answer is Fish Oil.
Fish Oil is an excellent source of two omega 3 essential fatty acids; EPA and DHA. These are healthy fats and their intake is essential for normal functioning of the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for our eyes to work well; and for parts of the brain used for memory, learning and reasoning. If we do not eat enough omega-3, found mainly in seafood, these functions may be impaired.
Fish oil supplements can also dramatically reduce the chance of young people developing psychosis or schizophrenia, according to Australian research and has shown excellent clinical results in helping children with ADHD and autism improve their behaviour.
Warning! You wont get these effects from a dodgy retail brand that cannot guarantee freshness or quality (or results). Read Why Fish Oils Aren’t All The Same to find out why.
So which brand should you choose? Emed saves you time by grouping together our Best Fish Oils for Kids with Learning Difficulties.
Want to support healthy cognitive development in children and adolescents – think Iodine.
In children and adolescents, severe iodine deficiency can decrease intelligence quotient (IQ) levels by 10-15 points, impair hearing, and increase risk of psychomotor deficits and prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Iodine deficiency affects one in three individuals worldwide. Two billion people have an inadequate intake; an estimated 31.5% are school children.
More than 20 years ago Australia was thought to be an iodine abundant country. Recent research shows that over the last 10-15 years iodine deficiency has re-emerged. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has revealed inadequate iodine intakes from 7% in Australian boys aged 4-8 years.
They found that 43% of Australians don’t get enough iodine, while 70% of women of child-bearing age and about 10% of children between the ages of two and three are iodine deficient.
A 2006 study found children in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia were the most vulnerable, being mildly or borderline iodine deficient.
Therefore, when your child next gets a checkup it is definitely worthwhile to check their iodine levels and if low, consider Emed’s Best Iodine Supplement: Bioceuticals Iodine Drops.
Or, safeguard against an iodine deficiency with a multivitamin/mineral formula such as:
You are growing up. You may be at uni, or starting fulltime work or even a family. Whatever you are doing, you’re an adult now and there is always a lot going on.
You get stressed, so you have a glass of wine. What you also probably have is a B vitamin deficiency.
That’s because B vitamins – found in foods like beef, oats and brazil nuts – are the number one nutrients our body soaks up during busy times. Ironically, alcohol hinders your body’s ability to absorb it from your diet. The contraceptive pill can also strip your body of B reserves.
If you want to stay strong and vital during this time try Emed’s Best B Vitamin Complex’s:
Why do people in their 20s need magnesium? To battle those late nights, demanding schedules, PMT, headaches, energy slumps, sugar cravings, mood swings and poor muscle recovery after exercise.
Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body that is necessary for many organs and tissues to function properly.
Its deficiency has been implicated in heaps of different health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, behavioural problems, diabetes, chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, muscular complaints, osteoporosis, and premenstrual syndrome.
Studies indicate that a significant number of Australians fail to meet the recommended daily intake of magnesium. This may, at least in part, be due to modern day food processing, which is thought to have reduced the magnesium content in foods by more than half during this century.
Eat your leafy greens you 20 somethings! And if you need a little extra help on the magnesium front try a convenient magnesium tablet.
For more magnesium options see Emed’s Best Muscle Relaxants.
Support your hormones, your skin, hair and your immune system with this nutrient. Especially for boys this one.
Many dietary choices can lead to zinc deficiency. Aside from reduced dietary intake, there are several factors that can contribute to low zinc levels.
High alcohol and / or high sugar intake causes a dramatic increase in urinary zinc excretion. Also, a diet high in phytates (present in cereals grains) has a strong negative effect on zinc absorption.
Many women taking birth control pills develop zinc deficiency due to an antagonistic effect on zinc in the body. A recent trial on a group of 78 women taking an oral contraceptive or placebo highlighted this effect, showing significant reductions in serum zinc after taking oral contraception for three consecutive months.
Do you eat cereal for breakfast and have sugary snacks? Boozy weekends? Are you on the pill? You may need a zinc supplement.
In this decade, stress levels can further increase as you attempt to balance the demands of jobs and children. Increased stress requires more support for your system.
Fish Oil is good for all ages really (they’re not called ‘essential’ fatty acids for nothing!), however in your 30’s you may need more fish oil to support clear skin, memory function, stabilise your mood, lower depression symptoms and maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Plus, if you’re pregnant, fish oil may reduce the risk of your baby having allergies.
At 30 something you’ve most likely invested in an anti-ageing cream. Now consider feeding your skin from the inside.
Vitamins C, A and E are great for collagen maintenance, and grape-seed extract is a good anti-oxidant for connective tissue health. Many anti-oxidants also have anti-cancer properties.
Ah! Are they crow’s feet?! Quick, try one of Emed’s collagen supporting antioxidant formulas:
If you’re thinking about starting a family, you should be taking folic acid to prevent spinal tube defects in your baby.
Folate and B12 are also required to maintain adequate amounts of red blood cells and decrease levels of homocysteine in your body.
Folinic Acid is the activated form of Folic Acid, so for better absorption try a product like Bioceuticals Folinic Acid
Calcium and Magnesium
Hormones begin to shift in this decade, especially for women, and life’s demands are still high.
To accommodate the physical shifts in the body remember calcium and magnesium. These minerals not only help keep your bones healthy, but they’ll help keep you feeling sane. Magnesium supports a healthy nervous system, muscle relaxation and hormonal balance.
MediHerb Enhance Active Mag Cal provides a balance of both calcium and magnesium.
The body is best equipped to absorb calcium from your diet and build up bonemass before the age of 35, but it’s never too late to increase yourintake.
Click here to view Emed’s Best Calcium Supplements.
“But I’m already taking Caltrate” you may say… well, have a look at the article Are You Being Conned by Caltrate and swap your tablets for something more effective.
This nutrient is a potent anti-oxidant that benefits the cardiovascular system, but the body’s ability to produce it declines with age – and you can’t get enough from diet alone.
Also, if you are taking a Statin drug for your high cholesterol, this will leach CoQ10 from your body and you MUST take a CoQ10 supplement to avoid deficiency.
Trust me, severe CoQ10 deficiency isn’t pretty. Click here to read about the Serious Dangers of Statins.
Women, is that time of the month controlling your life? Heavy periods may increase your body’s need for iron.
We do store iron, so you should only take a supplement if you are iron deficient. Your GP can arrange a blood test to check your levels.
If low, consider taking a non constipating iron supplement like Hemagenics Intensive Care.
If you are looking pale and feeling tired, have a read of Emed’s article on Anaemia to see if this might be the cause of your symptoms.
Vitamins C and E
We need more anti-oxidants like these as we age. Vitamin C helps the body absorb more iron, and both vitamins protect cells from free radicals.
As women begin to experience perimenopausal symptoms, they may want to further increase their intake of vitamin E to aid in the processing of oestrogen in the body.
In addition to your established protocol, add glucosamine for arthritis and joint pain. Glucosamine is the only product we can prescribe to help rebuild thecartilage within damaged joints.
Glucosamine should be taken by anyonewho is over 50 and/or has arthritis or joint problems.
It is suggested that the main contributing factor to ageing resultsfrom oxidative stress experienced as you go about your normal life.
In additionto oxidative stress, chronic inflammatory processes are also implicatedas a contributing factor and it is welldocumented that chronic inflammation plays a role in many health disorders including those which can impact the heart,cellular and tissue structures, brain, and immune function.
Resveratrol functions as a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory,cardio-protective, neuro-protective, and supports general immunefunction, brain health and healthy ageing. What is not to love?
Keep yourself feeling young with Resveratrol Healthy Aging Complex.
60 SOMETHINGS PLUS
Other physical problems may surface in this decade and beyond, such as memory trouble and cardiac issues.
Along with doing the daily crossword, you may wish to try a supplement such as Ginkgo Biloba to maximise brain power and prevent cognitive decline.
Moderate weight-bearing exercise and calcium are a must for osteoporosis prevention at this point, along with boron, vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorous and vitamin D. Vitamin D is also important for minimising arthritis, seasonal depression and certain types of cancers.
Most older adults will already know of the importance of vitamin D for maintaining healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis, when used in combination with calcium. What they might not know is that having sufficient levels of vitamin D will also reduce their level of cognitive decline.
Vitamin D is commonly low in the elderly population as their exposure to the sun, a main source of vitamin D, is often reduced if they enter residential care.
In addition, the skin’s ability to convert UVB rays from the sun to vitamin D slowly decreases with age.
Iron becomes less important for women at this age but vitamin B12 status should be monitored.
Levels of hydrocholoric acid in the stomach deplete with age (especially in women) potentially leading to malabsorption of vitamins and minerals.
Can’t stand the thought of taking so many pills that you rattle? There are some essentials you really shouldn’t skip.
- A good multivitamin Look for a really good multivitamin and mineral with high-dose B vitamins and essential nutrients and antioxidants. See Emed’s Best Multivitamins.
- Fish oil Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have a range of benefits and help the health of our skin, heart, brain and joints, to name a few. See Emed’s Best Fish Oils.
- Probiotics For digestive health maintenance. See Emed’s Best Probiotics.
- Vitamin D Low levels are linked with depression and high levels of inflammation, but getting enough vitamin D from the sun can be problematic as we are now used to slapping on sunscreen. See Emed’s Best Vitamin D.