Some Key Nutritional Components
Fish Oils (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
Vitamin D (sufficient to insure adequate blood levels)
Green Tea, or White Tea (which is young Green Tea)
Grape Seed Extract
Curcumin (Cumin, Turmeric)
Minimally Processed Dark Chocolate ("Navitas")
Pyridoxamine (Vitamin B6 Vitamer)
Acetyl-l-Carnitine Arginate/Alpha Lipoic Acid
Spinach (Dark-Green Leafy Vegetables)
Weight Control/Calorie Restriction
Vitamin E Complex?
With the exception of coenzyme Q-10 and
alpha lipoic acid, these are all found in food. What follows below only
scratches the surface of the stories behind these nutrients, but it hints at
what I intend to discuss in greater depth.
1. Fish Oils
Fish oils contain the omega-3 fatty acids, which play a key role in the generation of eicosanoids--cellular "hormones". The omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, and they must be present in cells as a counterweight to the more common omega-6 oils. The advent of agribusiness has resulted in dietary changes that have gradually over the past century removed omega-3 oils from our first-world diets. Omega-3 oils are present in copious amounts in pelagic North Atlantic fish such as cod, mackerel, whitefish, tuna, sardines, and salmon. A couple of four-ounce servings of canned wild Alaska salmon a week is enough to get adequate quantities of the omega-3 oils.
The omega-3 fatty acids can also be synthesized from certain oils such as those found in walnuts, Canola oil, and particularly, in flaxseed. We gradually lose our proficiency at converting e. g., Canola oil into the omega-3 oils as we grow older.
The omega-3 oils are very important for proper brain functioning. (The walls of neurons are constructed from the omega-3 oil: eicosahexaenoic acid.)
2. Vitamin D
Strictly speaking, "vitamin" D isn't a true vitamin since we can synthesize it if we're exposed to sunlight. However, dermatologists have, understandably, warned us about exposure to sunlight because of its role in the etiology of skin cancer, and the premature aging of skin. Luckily, vitamin D is cheaply available in pill form. For someone who works outdoors and is exposed to copious sunlight, vitamin D deficiency shouldn't be a potential problem. For the rest of us, a blood test of vitamin D levels should help regulate vitamin D input. The official minimum daily requirements for vitamin D are a sore point with vitamin D researchers. These requirements are set to insure the avoidance of childhood rickets, but they're enormously lower than someone receives working in the sun. Further, vitamin D is crucial not just to bones, and teeth but to the prevention of various other diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
9. Coenzyme Q-10
Coenzyme Q-10 is synthesized by every living cell. Statins, in reducing cholesterol synthesis in human cells, also reduce the production of Co-Q 10, and can lead to premature aging of the cellular mitochondria.
10. Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a cellular antioxidant that is soluble in both fat and water. Acetyl-l-carnitine is an amino acid found in meat. It acts as a mitochondrial enabler, boosting mitochondrial energy output. It's teamed with alpha lipoic acid in an effort to quench the additional free radicals that are generated by accelerated mitochondrial activity.