The topic for this article is glycation. Glycation is one of the greatest factors in premature aging. All of us experience glycation, but if not controlled, it can rapidly increase the rate you age and lead to disease or a poor health condition.
I used to believe that what individuals in their 70s, 80s, and 90s experienced was simple aging. I have learned a great deal through traveling around the world and by being around individuals that are in great shape and consume the right nutritional products.
There are three avenues that determine how long we live and what condition our health will be in the sunset years of our lives: genetics, the condition of our immune systems, and the damage we accumulate throughout our lives.
I used to believe that I couldn’t change my “genetic destiny.” My mentor changed my perspective. His family tree is full of diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart attacks, strokes, obesity, high blood pressure, premature death, high cholesterol, and so on.
Earlier in his life, he experienced several of these conditions; however, now at age 70, he doesn’t suffer from any of these conditions and is in amazing health. How in the world does an individual escape his or her “genetic destiny?”
An example would be the liver producing too much high density small LDL cholesterol. A gene doesn’t produce cholesterol; it contains the code that causes a change reaction or pathway that ends up manufacturing this form of cholesterol. The small-density LDL become very dangerous when oxidized.
This pathway or change of events can be interrupted with statin drugs or with certain nutritional products. This principle is true with most genetic programming. Antioxidants can interrupt the oxidation of LDL, lowering the risk of damaging your arteries.
In this article, I would like to address the damage we accumulate throughout our lives. One of the greatest factors in this lifetime process is glycation. Glycation is a fusion of a glucose molecule to a protein or lipid molecule without a managing enzyme.
When this fusion takes place in one of your organs, the function of the organ is compromised. For example, glycation in the eyes leads to poor eyesight or a disease within your eyes.
If glycation develops in your heart, this leads to heart disease. Glycation can lead to just about any health condition you can think of and can affect your emotions, your energy, and your overall health.
Your skin becomes wrinkled and saggy. How young you look depends a great deal of how much glycation your skin has endured. The stiffness and lack of flexibility with elderly people is mostly from glycation. My mentor has no more stiffness than I do at 24 years old.
The hemoglobin A1c test measures how much glycation there is in your blood over the past four months. Consuming sugars and certain short chain carbohydrates increases glycation.
Even what we call normal glucose levels cause some glycation after meal glucose spikes. The greatest damage from diabetes is glycation.
What is the answer to this damaging process of glycation? First, decrease your consumption of refined sugar. Secondly, consume certain nutrients that can interrupt the glycation process.
Carnosine, pyridoxal 5’-phosphate, and benfotiamine help control this glycation process.
In the next issue, we will address inflammation.
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I have witnessed so many people sacrifice their health because they needed to earn an income. The stress and lack of time robbed so many of them of enjoying good health throughout their lives.
I was on this track until my mentor exposed me to network marketing, where I could consume the highest quality of nutrients while developing an income. Wow! Now I can enjoy good health while promoting good health!
Working alongside Mike Akins has been an enlightening experience. I have several relatives his age (69+) and I thought it was normal to be like my grandparents and other individuals this age. I thought slowing down, becoming stiff, suffering from arthritis, and living a limited life in one’s 60s, 70s and 80s was inevitable. Mike’s physical and mental condition has totally changed my perspective.
Now I have a whole new perspective about aging. I actually look forward to my journey of aging. There is so much we can do to maintain our “youthful” experience. Aging is the accumulation of damage throughout our lives.
Some of this damage can be reversed and we can slow this process down to a crawl. Where do we start? Where does premature aging come from? Oxidation, inflammation, and glycation!
Oxidation damages our DNA, cells, and glands that produce important body chemicals that keep us younger. As these glands and producing cells malfunction, producing less or too much of these important chemicals, we experience the side effects of this damage, physically and psychologically.
Limiting the wrong kind of oxidation can extend our “youthfulness” and allow us to enjoy great health long past 100 years old. Many scientists believe we can live to be 120 to 150 years old with the right regimen.
There are several different kinds of free radicals that cause deterioration. Most are oxygen radicals such as superoxide ion, hydroxyl radical, hydrogen peroxide, and singlet oxygen. There are also reactive nitrogen species.
The answer is antioxidants! The challenge is that different radicals require different antioxidants. Also, the environment that the radicals are active in requires both water and fat soluble antioxidants.
Another challenge is getting the antioxidant to the right areas of the body and mind. When you consume an antioxidant, it is used up as it circulates through the body and mind. The cells at the end of the journey may not get what they need.
Also, the body has a protective mechanism that protects it from overdoses. When you consume too much at one time, the body washes the excess out.
What is the answer? The answer is consuming nutritional products that cause the body to produce its own antioxidants. The body does this because it uses oxidation to transform food into energy, and the immune system uses free radicals to kill pathogens.
The body manufactures powerful antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase, and catalases.
The best approach is to consume a variety of antioxidants along with nutrients that cause the body to produce its own antioxidants. I personally consume transfer factor to achieve this objective.
In the next issue, we will address glycation.
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