Everyone is interested in living a longer and healthier life. As we age, we become more conscientious about age related illness as well as theories of why we age. Unfortunately, ageing is inevitable. But, there is much we can learn and do about preventing age related illness and "slowing down" the ageing process.
One of the most popular theories on ageing is the "free radical theory." This theory attributes ageing and age-associated diseases to the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive, toxic forms of oxygen molecules that bind to and destroy cellular components. The paradox is that oxygen, which is necessary for life, can also be destructive to our bodies. Compounds that prevent this type of damage are known as "antioxidants." Antioxidants neutralise free radicals by reacting with them thus rendering them inactive.
Free radicals may be caused by radiation, environmental pollutants, chemicals, sunlight, stress, and smoking. Actually, free radicals are routinely formed in the body by the body's own chemical processes. Our bodies also have self-healing biochemical reactions that rid us of the free radicals that our body naturally produces. The problem lies in the free radical overload caused by environmental toxins, stressors, artificial chemicals, and such.
Not only do free radicals damage our cell's protective membranes, but they also damage our genetic materialour DNA. DNA damage causes mutations that can lead to ageing and disease. Free radicals have been linked to numerous problems which may not actually be part of the inevitable process of ageing, but rather the result of the breakdown of cell structures caused by free radicals.
New cells are needed to replace the old cells. With age, the process of replacing cells is naturally slower. When there are no new cells to replace the old ones, "ageing" occurs. When there is an overload of free radicals present ,causing extensive damage and destruction of our cells, even our young bodies cannot keep up with cell replacement. We then suffer from premature ageing and early onset of age-related diseases.
Avoiding the factors which cause free radical formation, and taking antioxidants supplements, are two of the many ways to slow the ageing process and degenerative diseases. Elderly people may also face many degenerative conditions as a result of of nutritional deficiencies. As we age, our bodies do not absorb and process nutrients as well as they once did. In addition, the elderly also have a tendency to under-eat or to make poor food choices. A diet that lacks essential nutrients over a long period of time can lead to greater risk of degenerative diseases. An overall healthy lifestyle including an appropriate diet, stress management, and exercise is beneficial in minimising the formation of free radicals, as well as combating age-related disease processes.
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|Antioxidants help protect the body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in ageing, as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects of these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle protects us from the damages of these harmful free radicals. AntiOx Excel features a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients and herbal extracts to provide maximum protection against free radical induced damage. AntiOx Excel may be beneficial for oxidative stress, detoxification processes and as an adjunct for disease conditions that require antioxidant support.|
|Formula SF88 is a complete balanced high potency multi formula, clinically designed to support the mind and body to adapt to the emotional and physiological stresses of busy modern day lifestyles. Formula SF88 addresses a range of conditions that fall into that broad category known as 'stress' and the resultant nutrient losses that impact upon many organ and body systems. The nervous system is adversely affected, vitamin stores are depleted and mineral and trace element balance is altered. A unique feature of this product is the inclusion of the trace element lithium, for which there is increasing evidence of its essentiality. The formula also contains two traditional nervine herbs, Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), a class of botanical medicines with recognised benefit to the nervous system.|
|Daily intake of a high-quality complete vitamin and mineral supplement guarantees us all the optimal nutrients that may be lacking in our foods. Vitamins and minerals are part of the necessary building-blocks for the body. Without them, degenerative conditions and illness may develop that undermine our good health. As part of a healthy lifestyle, a daily dose of optimal nutrients helps to ensure that we have plenty of energy and a vital life. Multi Essentials provides maximal levels of the most critical nutrients necessary for vibrant health. This potent daily multivitamin and mineral supplement establishes a foundation for optimal nutrition. Formulated to provide a comprehensive range of nutrients, including a high ratio of B vitamins, antioxidants and a broad mineral base including Chromium, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium and Boron.|
|CardioNutrients features key nutrients which support a healthy cardiovascular system, provide antioxidant protection from free radical damage, and enhance cellular energy metabolism.|
|Essential fatty acids are "good fats" that are absolutely necessary for the reproduction of cells. We also need them as part of the many natural biochemical processes of the body. They are called "essential" because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called "essential" because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak. This formula combines the beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are most important to our health. Omega-3 EFAs are utilised by the body in several key areas that help influence general wellbeing. As phospholipid components of cell membranes throughout the body, they support healthy cell function and fluidity. Additionally omega-3 EFAs provide anti-inflammatory activity, and also support the maintenance of healthy brain function and healthy triglyceride levels.|
Our pharmacist's and naturopath's also compound 100% Natural and Alcohol Free Liquid Herb combinations. Please contact us for a FREE consult on your requirements.
Flaxseed Oil capsules are anti-inflammatory and especially recommended for the relief of inflammation associated with arthritis.
Health and Aging - Department of Health and Aging Australia
Ageing Research - NARI - National Ageing Research Institute
Exercise for Older People - HealthInsight - A healthdirect Australia health information service
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