Over 40 - Supplement & Food Additions

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Over 40 Fitness Recommends…

What foods and supplements do you recommend for men over 40? My answer to this question is always evolving because of the latest research and my own experiences, but I’m currently taking the following over-40 health-related supplements and foods:

  • Curcumin: Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti practically everything bad!
  • Baby Aspirin: The latest research says it doesn’t work to quell heart disease, but other research says that it’s a question of dosage. As such, I take two baby aspirin a day, one morning and one night.
  • Cyanidin 3-Glucoside: Sensitizes insulin receptors. Keeps you from getting old-man fat. Also, by keeping blood sugar low and steady, prevents glycation (the binding of proteins to sugar). Too much glycation and systemic havoc ensues, not to mention premature wrinkling of skin.
  • Fish Oil: Anti-inflammatory. Provides essential omega-3 fatty acids and ensures optimal balance between competing fatty acids.
  • Collagen:  Keeps tendons and cartilage healthy. Also improves wound healing, sleep quality, and even hair quality. Possibly keeps your face from starting to resemble a Sharpei.
  • Vitamin D3: People in parts of the world where they don’t get much sun, and as such have less vitamin D in their blood, are more prone to disease. That’s all the proof I need.
  • Superfood: The product contains hundreds of polyphenols – plant chemicals that have been shown to stabilize blood sugar, improve fat metabolism, treat cardiovascular disease, prevent Alzheimer’s, and improve the efficiency of the bacteria in your digestive system, along with a whole lot of other stuff.
  • Eat a high-polyphenol diet in general: Try to get polyphenols from all four classes or types by daily consumption of green tea, wine or beer, nuts, herbs and spices, berries, legumes, and a variety of fruits and vegetables in general.
  • Saw Palmetto: Keeps the prostate small and nimble, like running back Darren Sproles of the Eagles.
  • Pycnogenol: Also keeps the prostate from growing, in addition to making erections Hulk-strong.
  • Magnesium: It’s involved in over 300 biochemical reactions and most people are deficient, anyhow – especially athletes. There’s also an epidemic of a-fib going around in the country, and it may have to do with magnesium deficiencies since the mineral plays a big part in controlling heart rhythm.
  • Creatine: Not just for building muscles. Creatine positively affects age-related muscle wasting (not that you’re dealing with that yet), rejuvenates mitochondria, helps heart function, and even preserves mental functioning, to just name a few things.
  • Coenzyme Q10: Reduces plaque in arteries and feeds mitochondria.
  • Resveratrol: Lowers blood sugar, doesn’t like cancer, maybe thwarts Alzheimer’s, lowers estrogen and increases testosterone.
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