The Pillars of Health

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Picture1 Scientists have now identified five main interconnected reasons why we become more vulnerable to illness as we age.

In just 12 short slides, and in everyday language, you’ll learn exactly what they are. More importantly, you’ll learn how to neutralise these threats and extend your years of good health.

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Former Chair of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine

Colin Rose
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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The so-called ‘age-related’ diseases take from 10 to 20 years to surface as overt, debilitating, life-threatening illnesses – heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia.

That’s equally true of life-diminishing conditions like arthritis, chronic tiredness and erectile dysfunction.

At this point, pharmaceuticals are largely treating the symptoms, not the causes.

If you want to be healthier for longer, the time to take positive preventative action is in your early 50s or even before.

The Pillars of Health

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7-pillars-F   TURN GOOD GENES ON AND BAD GENES OFF

DNA Certain nutrients can upregulate or turn on ‘good’ genes – like tumour suppressor genes. And others can down-regulate or turn off ‘bad’ genes – such as oncogenes which have the potential to cause cancer.

It’s called ‘gene expression’, part of a new science called Epigenetics. There are foods and nutrients you can include in your diet that can express genes to promote health and even slow biological ageing.

One of the leading researchers in this area is Dr Cynthia Kenyon working at Cambridge University on ageing mechanisms. She says:

“The idea that ageing was subject to control was completely unexpected.”


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7-pillars-F  PROMOTE GOOD GENE EXPRESSION

Picture3 A study at the University of California at San Francisco showed that hundreds of genes in people who were put on a largely plant-based diet were modified, leading to a lower cancer and heart disease risk.

Plant-derived nutrients that up-regulate genes to promote health include the polyphenols in green tea, lycopene, lutein and genistein, which is a compound in soy.

Other nutrients that have been shown to positively activate gene expression are choline, folic acid, B6 and B12, a B vitamin called betaine, vitamin D3 and minerals that include zinc and selenium.

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NUTRIENTS

Betaine
Vitamins B6 & B12
Folic acid
Vitamin D
Zinc
Selenium
Lycopene
Lutein
Green tea
Genistein


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7-pillars-F  SUPPORT DNA REPAIR

Deoxyribonucleic acid You make millions of new cells every day. During this process, mistakes and damage to DNA occasionally, but inevitably, occur.

If a cell has accumulated a lot of DNA damage, it can trigger the start of a cancerous tumour where cells do not stop growing and dividing.

Researchers have discovered that selenium, zinc, the carotenoids lutein and lycopene, and a compound called isothiocyanate found in cruciferous vegetables are among compounds important in the DNA repair mechanism.

Cumulative DNA damage is a cause of ageing and age-related disease.

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NUTRIENTS

Lutein

Lycopene

Selenium

Zinc

Isothiocyanates in eg. cabbage, kale, broccoli


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7-pillars-F  SUPPORT EFFECTIVE CELL SIGNALLING

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Types of human cell

Cells need to sense each other’s boundaries. They do that by what is called ‘cell signalling’. When they cannot signal their boundaries, the result can be uncontrolled cell growth – cancer.

Researchers have found that vitamin D, the carotenoid lycopene, the xanthophyll lutein and the B vitamin choline are important to ensure normal cell signalling and, by extension, cutting the risk of cancer.

Pub Med, the on-line publishing arm of the American National Institutes of Health, confirms that carotenoids ‘can be useful in the prevention of cancer and other degenerative diseases’.

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NUTRIENTS

Vitamin D
Lycopene
Lutein
Choline


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7-pillars-F  EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR DNA

Background with chromosomes Chromosomes are condensed rods of DNA which have 4 ‘arms’. At the end of each arm is a telomere – a tiny protective ‘cap’ often likened to the plastic end of a shoelace.

Each time a cell divides to make a new copy the telomere gets fractionally shorter. When the end of the telomere is finally reached, the cell dies. So scientists believe the length of your telomeres may be a good marker of biological ageing and mortality.

Research shows that the rate at which telomeres become shorter can be slowed down with an anti-oxidant-rich diet.

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ANTIOXIDANT NUTRIENTS

Omega 3
Vitamins C & E
Beta carotene
Curcumin
Polyphenols  in green tea and grapeseed


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7-pillars-F  REVERSE INFLAMMATION

The Results Of Inflammation graphic What is called ‘chronic, sub-clinical inflammation’ is now known to be a major cause of the degenerative killer diseases.

This type of inflammation builds up in tissues over time, but you can’t see or feel it – which is why Time Magazine calls it ‘the silent killer’.

New Scientist recently confirms it’s involved in: “… muscle wasting and glaucoma, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, osteoporosis and arthritis, heart failure and high blood pressure, cancers, and lung, liver and kidney and skin disorders.”

Inflammation increases with age and affects most people after the age of about 50. The risks rise even further if you live in a city and are exposed to air pollution.


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7-pillars-F  REDUCE PRO-INFLAMMATORY FOODS

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Processed foods often contain high levels of pro-inflammatory Omega 6 oils

The body uses fatty acids from the food we eat to make the hormones called eicosanoids that control the inflammatory response.

Omega 6 fatty acids, found in polyunsaturated plant oils like safflower, sunflower, palm and corn oil, increase the level of hormones that promote inflammation. These oils are frequently used in processed foods because they are cheap. They are also put into feeds for animals intensively raised for meat consumption.

Omega 3 fatty acids (from oily fish) have the opposite effect, producing eicosanoids that reduce inflammation.

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NUTRIENTS

LESS
Omega 6
(sunflower, palm, corn oils)

MORE
Omega 3

produces a healthier Omega 3/6 balance


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7-pillars-F  MORE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS

autumn cornucopia The American Cancer Institute now recommends nine portions of fruits and vegetables a day!

Fruits and vegetables not only promote positive gene expression, they contain, amongst other compounds, flavonoids – polyphenol molecules. These exert powerful anti-inflammatory effects in the body.

Flavonoids/polyphenols also help block the potentially highly destructive action of enzymes called MMPs which are directly responsible for the tissue damage that turns chronic inflammation into overt disease – and creates an environment where cancer can spread.

So increase your fruit and vegetable intake.

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NUTRIENTS

If 9 portions of fruit and veg is a challenge,
take a supplement with plant polyphenols like lycopene, lutein, and those found in grapeseed and green tea extract


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7-pillars-F  INFLAMMATION / FREE RADICAL VICIOUS CIRCLE

inflammation-free-radicals-vicious-circle-CR When cells are damaged by inflammation they produce toxic compounds that trigger the release of excess free radicals.

The resulting oxidative stress further damages those cells, and this process releases a second wave of inflammatory compounds.

This vicious circle drives both degenerative disease and the ageing process itself.

That’s why your diet should contain high levels of both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant foods and nutrients.

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NUTRIENTS

High in anti-inflammatory AND anti-oxidant compounds

Dark berry fruits

Kale, spinach, broccoli and similar veg

Spices like turmeric, ginger


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7-pillars-F  SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Getrocknete Shiitake-Pilze Your immune system defends you against pathogen invaders like viruses and bacteria and against internal ‘rogue’ cells.

Unfortunately it declines in effectiveness as we age, which is why extra support is important.

Foods that support the immune system include mushrooms (especially shiitake and maitake mushrooms), dark berry fruits, cabbage, spinach, broccoli and kale, pumpkins, citrus fruits for their vitamin C content, green tea, garlic, and wheat germ which is high in vitamin E.

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NUTRIENTS

Vitamins A D E
Selenium
Zinc
Green tea
Curcumin
Beta carotene

Lycopene


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7-pillars-F  DO YOU REALLY NEED A SUPPLEMENT?

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YES, PARTICULARLY AS YOU GET OLDER

Counteracting all the causes of ageing and age-related disease requires consistent daily levels of a wide range of nutrients. And those needs increase over time. The American Cancer Society recommends 9 portions of fruits and vegetables a day!

The average person burns 1,000 calories a day less than 60 years ago! So we’ve had to reduce our food (calorie) intake. But less food means less nutrition.

To compound the problem, the nutritional value of many foods has declined over the same period.

A simple low-cost one-a-day A-Z vitamin pill might be enough in your twenties and thirties. But it won’t include the other nutrients that support the pillars of health as you get older.


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7-pillars-F A MULTI-INGREDIENT DIETARY  SUPPLEMENT

NutriShield Premium contains over 40 powerful nutrients, including

• A full range of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins K1 and K2, and natural Vitamin E in the full spectrum of tocopherols

Flavonoids and polyphenols that include curcumin, green tea, bilberry and grapeseed extract

Omega 3 fish oil

Carotenoids, especially lycopene, lutein and beta carotene

Glucosamine and Betaine

Co-enzyme Q10

Soy isoflavones (genistein)

Even a conscientious person will struggle to obtain the range and levels of the preventative nutrients we have identified, day after day.

In formulating NutriShield, we have drawn on over 35 years of  scientific and medical research to give you the combination of nutrients – in optimum, synergistic amounts and the most bio-available forms – that support the full, healthy functioning of brain and body. It’s a heart, brain, skin, joint and eye supplement all in one.

Coupled with a sensible diet and moderate exercise, it gives you the foundation for long term health and energy. It works: an independent test showed NutriShield dramatically reduces inflammatory markers at the cell level.

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