Anti-Aging and the Role of “Mineral” Elements: How To Prolong Your Body’s Healthy Functioning Part 1

How well will the trillions of cells of your body tissues/organs perform over your lifespan?  You may think and believe the more years you remain on Earth that the normal thing to happen is for your body to wear out and break down.  Not entirely true as more reliable nutritional research over the past 20 – 30 years indicates. Papers published in the 1990s in journals such as Biological Trace Element Research and Nutrition Review are examples.

Findings point to the fact that the types and quality of food choices you make starting early in your life may significantly increase your chances to maintain and improve the healthy function of your body’s cells and thus your organ systems.  The diseases of aging or growing older are quite within your grasp to exert control over.  Contrary to what the media, doctors and hospitals would have your believe, you may have more influence on the healthy functioning of your health and wellness than you know.

The previous blog entitled “Short on Energy?  You Might Be Short on Minerals” sets the stage for some future blogs whose goal is to update your understanding of specifics about key “mineral” elements and their roles in the healthy functioning of your body.  Armed with this understanding, you can make appropriate choices for the direction your future wellness.

Here is an example to illustrate and illuminate the strong connection between what you eat and how this effectively gives your body greatly improved chances for great health.

MAGNESIUM

This element has a hand in a huge multitude of biochemical processes that happen 24/7 within all your body cells.  It plays pivotal roles in cell processes (within mitochondria) that take the energy stored in the foods you consume and transfer it to specialized energy forms that your body cells are able to use.  (Basically, you eat to provide your body cells with sources of energy…..or eventually the cells will die).  If extraction/transfer of this energy does not happen sufficiently, your body cells may silently be operating at lower speeds.  The continued lower functioning of your cells may show symptoms in your life such as feeling a lack of “energy” or feeling “tired”.  For example, your brain and your digestive system have some of the highest energy demands.  Perhaps your mind doesn’t feel as sharp as it once did or you may start having digestion problems.

Magnesium does not act all by itself.  It must work in concert with lots of other nutrients e.g. all the vitamin B’s.  In addition to magnesium’s key involvement in making the energy from your food available to your cells, it appears to have involvement with anti-inflammatory processes and some of your own internal antioxidant systems that protect key organ systems such as your cardiovasular.  Maintenance of healthy bone density is also linked to magnesium.  When stem cells divide to replace worn out cells throughout all your organ systems, this most basic life process may not take place as frequently or  even maybe as thoroughly as it should.  Magnesium is connected to DNA maintenance and to cellular membrane stability, these membranes protecting internal cell structures as well as the membranes guarding the entire cells themselves.

Hilltop — for many years —has advocated food choices that emphasize a variety of foods to include nuts/seeds, abundant and sundry vegetables and whole grains.   Even the American Cancer Society also recommends about two-thirds or 66% of the food intake should come from plants.  The plants should be sourced organically and/or sustainably-farmed to have the best chance for  broader mineral element content plus consume sea vegetables regularly.  While magnesium sources include both vegetable and animal-based foods, remember that your body also needs a broad spectrum of vitamins to go along with the “mineral” elements such as magnesium.  A vegetable-based diet offers a greater variety of options.  Together they can elevate the chances for healthier functioning of your body functions and thus improve the quality of your health in your later years

 

 

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