On average, women gain 10 lbs
every decade after age 50 and men lose 10% muscle mass every decade after 45.
Most of us aren’t as active at middle age as we were at 20, so our
caloric intake needs to be reduced. But when our activity level matches
our caloric intake and we still put on the pounds, what else is going on?
Growing older isn’t easy. There
are countless products to help us look younger, but what about products that
make us FEEL younger? Do you remember learning about mitochondria in
science class – the “powerhouse” of the cell? Mitochondria are cellular
structures that produce ATP, the energy for all the organs and biochemical
processes in your body. ATP gives your muscles energy so you can exercise
longer and harder.
Mitochondrial damage increases with age which reduces your ATP production.
This is reflected in a compromised
metabolism which leads to weight gain, muscle soreness, fatigue, heart disease,
and even Alzheimer’s. A compromised metabolism further decreases the
number of mitochondria you have as well as your body’sability to make more mitochondria.
Here are three supplements that will help increase mitochondria production and
efficiency as well as reverse the “wear and tear” of age on your metabolism: Resveratrol, D-Ribose, and ubiquinol.
1. Resveratrol supports healthy
mitochondrial production, allows your body to handle stress effectively and
serves as a powerful antioxidant, which leads to a greater overall benefit from
Animal studies on Resveratrol published in Fortune Magazine in 2007,
involved mice that were fed high-calorie diets. The mice that were fed
high doses of Resveratrol showed the benefits of a healthy, calorie-reduced
diet, as well as increased endurance. Resveratrol clearly has a positive
impact on obesity by increasing energy and hindering fat storage.
is a sugar that is the structural backbone of ATP and directly controls the
supply of ATP in our cells. If there are limited building materials, there is limited
production of ATP. Dr. Ron Terjung’s
research shows that D-Ribose increases the rate of recovery in fatigued muscles
by 340-420%! He also noted that small amounts of D-Ribose help the
muscle cell preserve energy. This
supplement is essential for exercise endurance, energy recovery and muscle
is the form of CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) that the body uses for energy and is
essential for optimal ATP production. Aging impairs our body’s ability to
convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol and many chronic diseases are associated with low
levels of CoQ10 (such as chronic fatigue, congestive heart failure, and
Parkinson’s disease.) Studies in 2006 and 2007 showed that ubiquinol enhances energy and stamina
5-fold over your baseline and delays age-related physical decline. Taking
ubiquinol supplements directly support your energy production.
Nutritional supplementation is essential to enhance cellular
energy production and increase overall energy levels. You may never be 21
again, but you can feel young again!