Results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report that a zinc-rich diet could help older adults to boost their immune system and better ward off infection.
Scientific research has already established that zinc may help reduce the length of time a cold lasts and improve the health of people with diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels. These new findings also reveal that this trace element is essential for boosting the immune system of older adults.
Researchers at Tufts University in Boston, USA, carried out a study on 25 participants aged 65 or older who were moderately to very zinc-deficient. For three months, 12 of the participants received a daily dose of multi-vitamins with 30 mg of zinc while the 13 other participants received a placebo (a daily multi-vitamin with only 5 mg of zinc). To determine the impact of the zinc on the health of older adults, the researchers assessed the immune response of the participants.
The researchers observed that supplementation not only brought zinc levels back to normal in older adults, it enhanced immune system function. Indeed, their findings showed that zinc supplementation increased both the number and effectiveness of T-cells (immune cells) in the treatment group at a significantly higher rate than that observed in the control group.
Ideally, men should consume 11 mg of zinc daily and women 8 mg. Two oysters a day would provide four times more than these recommended amounts! However, lean red meat, liver, turkey and leguminosae are also a good source of zinc, as are wheat germ, seed sprouts and whole grains.
What if the new trend was to sleep less but better? Well, according to a Swiss study, older adults do just that and it seems to suits them.
There is no need to sleep for a long time to sleep well. The findings of a Swiss study show that as we get older, we tend to sleep less, but sleep is of a better quality.
The results of the study published in the Annals of Medicine were based on the evaluation of sleep routine reported by 6733 subjects, aged from 35 to 75, randomly selected between 2003 and 2006 from the adult general population of Lausanne.
Among other things, the study revealed that older adults generally went to bed earlier and got up earlier and easier than their younger counterparts. Were they more tired during the course of the day? Absolutely not! On the contrary, they were less likely to experience daytime sleepiness than the younger participants. It was also observed that men benefitted most from such reduced, but better quality, sleep time. Older women reported having more trouble getting to sleep and more restlessness during sleep.
Is there a particular reason why sleep quality improves as we age? It appears that part of the answer lies in the fact that people better recognise their own sleep needs as they get older. The research suggests “one possible reason is that this could be due to an adaptation of expectations about sleep, or an acclimatisation to sleep changes”. In other words, older people feel more satisfied with their sleep patterns and quality. As a result, they feel less tired and consequently experience better daytime functioning, the study reports.
Thus, it is normal to sleep less but better as we get older. However, the research suggested that any sleep complaints in the elderly are not normal and should be investigated by a doctor to identify the underlying cause.
From the Chinese New Year and St. Valentine’s onwards, February is characterised by the passage from winter to spring. It is a period of seasonal transition: the days draw out, with the daylight hours getting noticeably longer.
ORGANS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
This is the time of year when the spleen and the pancreas require support, with the quality of digestive enzymes and fluid retention needing particular attention. The body, whose tissues have become waterlogged over the winter months, cannot eliminate properly, hence the rise in problems such as osteoarthritis, oedema, mucus and asthma reported over this period.
TIPS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
Get more exercise. When the muscles move, body fluid warms up, and thus circulates better. You can start with a little cardio and a brisk walk outdoors, where nature too is waking up from its winter slumber.
Opt for brown, beige and yellow, as well as earthy colours such as ochre, orange and gold, which resemble the first rays of sunshine.
The spleen and the pancreas do not like gluten. Cut down as much as you can on bread, cheese and dairy products as these can cause mucus. Eat warm food, but start introducing some fresh salads into your diet. Also incorporate some unrefined and gluten free carbohydrates, such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat and oats.
To stimulate the secretion of gastric and digestive juices, try ginger and stevia. These help increase the metabolism of carbohydrates and reactivate the spleen and the pancreas. A course of zinc ampoules will also help the body produce digestive enzymes and insulin.
From juices to face care, superfruits are all the rage. What makes them of such great interest is their antioxidant properties.
“Superfruit mania” has recently been gaining ground in the UK. From blueberry juice to pomegranate juice to cranberry juice… the leaders of the cosmetic industry are extolling the incredible nutritional benefits of these powerhouse superfruits. From a health point of view, a number of studies have shown cranberry to be of aid in warding off urinary infections. Also, blackcurrant is reported to have a positive effect on vision, more specifically in helping to prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration …
Even more attractive is the finding that eating red and dark-coloured berries may be useful in slowing down the ageing process, thanks to their powerful antioxidant properties, and in particular to their vitamin C and E content.
This particular finding has motivated the cosmetic industry to develop beauty products containing one or more active ingredients derived from these magical fruits, with an emphasis on their anti-ageing, reviving and complexion-enhancing properties. Each superfruit offers its own specific benefits. Below you will find details of the benefits of four of these superfruits.
Blackcurrant for combatting dark, under eye circles
Blackcurrants contain four times more vitamin C than oranges. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals and from the premature ageing of the skin.
Blackcurrants are said to stimulate the circulation and are effective in reducing bags and dark circles under the eye by supplying the vessels of the eye are with oxygen.
Acai berries for youthful looking skin
Acai berries are harvested from palm trees that are native to South America and are rich in vitamins and polyphenols. Polyphenols are molecules that contain high levels of vitamin E, which is a known antioxidant. Acai extract is used in cosmetic products for its skin nourishing and healing properties. In a similar manner to blackcurrants, acai berries are reported to stimulate micro-circulation to leave skin feeling firmer and looking more radiant.
Pomegranates for a radiant complexion
Pomegranates are currently one of the most in-demand superfruits: from beverages to cosmetic formulations, this ingredient is plentiful in the marketplace. This fruit is valued for its anti-ageing benefits as it helps to renew skin cells and promote skin hydration.
Acerola cherries for replumping skin
Also known as West Indian cherries, acerola cherries are one of nature’s richest sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen, which plays an essential role in skin elasticity and firmness.
Maintaining a slender figure and a radiant complexion for as long as possible is something we all aspire to! We all agree that taking good care of ourselves is important, but in a simple and natural way… Here are a few hints and tips for keeping well in mind and body.
Bring plenty of colour into your diet; it’s the best recipe for maintaining youthfulness
Okinawa, an island south of mainland Japan, is home to the largest proportion of centenarians in the world. Gerontologists put this largely down to diet: Okinawans eat a “colourful” diet, composed of daily servings of multi-coloured fruit and vegetables.
Green, red, orange… these pigments signal the presence of antioxidants that protect from the effects of ageing. And the more mature the fruit or vegetables are at harvest, the more antioxidants they contain. Make your meals rainbow meals!
Eat less fat, but when you do eat it, choose the good kind!
Second only to adipose tissue, the brain is the most fat-concentrated organ in the body. “The brain needs fat to function properly, in particular omega-3”. “Good” fats can be found in certain types of fish (salmon, mackerel, and sardines) and, within the plant realm, in colza oil, walnut oil and soya oil. We also need to retain some fat in our thighs. After the menopause, oestrogen is produced and stored in adipose tissue.
Adopt a positive mindset; this can have an impact on life expectancy
Why do optimists live longer? A positive mindset is said to soothe the body, while negative thoughts caused by anxiety or resentment can put stress on the body. Indeed, chronic stress increases blood pressure, disrupts the metabolism… and thus accelerates the ageing process.
Walking at a fast pace; it’s good for you, even if you’re not in a hurry
We all know that walking is good for our health. The findings of an American study now show that walking fast can actually prolong life expectancy
Are you constantly trying to remember where you left your keys or you glasses? Then there’s no doubt, your memory is failing you! Here are a few tips from Vital Nature on how to reactivate those neurons!
Our memory wears away when we’re not using it, so it’s important to keep it active and be aware of what can be detrimental to it! Here are a few tips to help you improve your recall abilities:
Play scrabble, cards, checkers, chess, bridge or any other games that involve logic or strategy.
While you need to make your memory work to keep it sharp, there’s no point in learning things that are of no use to you. Try and learn by heart the phone numbers that you use regularly instead of looking them up in your address book. You can also try to memorize your shopping list before heading out to the shops.
When we sleep, we provide our brains with the time needed to process and commit to memory the experiences of the day. During phases of rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep), neurons organise all the information we have acquired during the day. If you are missing one of these two or three night sleep phases, memory consolidation can be disrupted.
A healthy, balanced diet is key to ensuring that the brain is provided with all the nutrients necessary to proper function. Vital Nature can also help you with food supplements such as Ginkgo Biloba Extra and Ginkgotonic!
Reading is one of the best things you can do to encourage your brain to stretch its muscles. It helps maintain and indeed improve mental performance. Don’t know what kind of book to read? What about revising your history of England or world history? Delve back into epic historical works, historical novels and other testimonials of the past.
Don’t try to remember everything on this page off by heart, but come back to it every now and again to check that you are applying these Vital Nature tips in your daily life. Before you know it, you’ll notice that your memory is sharper!
Age-related macular degeneration, a common problem after the age of 50, can be better managed when detected early.
• Treatment currently available
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of visual impairment after the age of 50, corresponds to a degeneration of a part of the retina and results in the loss of central vision. The causes behind this phenomenon: the ageing of the photoreceptors that convert light into signals that are sent to the brain.
One of the first signs of the disease is difficulty adapting to changing light levels. Treatment often involves eye injections using two specific “anti-VEGF” medications that can help slow down the progression of AMD.
To be effective, treatment should be prompt, thus the importance of early detection.
• New techniques
More precise detection. Detection is critical, so eyes should be examined annually and this should include a dilated fundus examination. This is a rapid, painless procedure that is performed without anaesthesia. It allows for rapid detection and improves patient follow up.
– Better protection from blue light
Two of the risk factors associated with the disease can be avoided: smoking and exposure to blue light. We are less familiar with blue light than ultraviolet light. Blue light is the visible part of the light spectrum and is present in white LEDs and in various digital devices: computer screens, mobile phones, tablets, etc…
One way to address this is to block blue-violet light, which is very close on the spectrum to ultraviolet light, and let the beneficial blue light that helps regulate our bodies’ internal biological clocks and is beneficial to mood pass through.
New generation spectacle lenses now incorporate a photoprotective filter that selectively blocks out blue-violet light and lets beneficial blue light pass through. The sooner harmful light is filtered, the better the retina is protected.
Finally, discover the Vital Nature solutions such as Lutein and Extra Strength Bilberry Vitamin B2
To help you maintain optimum vision and eye health, our programme is specially formulated with vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 helps support normal vision and one capsule a day provides the body with 1.4mg of vitamin B2
The capsules also contain lutein, a carotenoid pigment extracted from marigolds. Lutein is found in very high concentrations in the macula, the part of the retina that controls central vision. The presence of lutein, along with zeaxanthin, another carotenoid pigment that is found in the retina, helps keep central vision sharp and protects the eye from damage by filtering harmful blue light.
Extra Strength Bilberry Vitamin B2 to preserve your eyesight!
This bilberry, blackcurrant, carrot and B2 multivitamin food supplement contributes to maintaining normal eyesight.
Our hands are constantly exposed to the elements and at risk of damage. The skin on our hands is as fine as the skin on our face, so we should take as much care of our hands as we do our face. Daily application of a cream and application of a mask once or twice a week is as much recommended for the hands as it is for the face. A hand mask can contain active ingredients in higher doses than a hand cream. It should be applied in the evening and hands then wrapped in cling film or gloves for optimum penetration of the active ingredients.
What should a mask contain?
Moisturising agents. The most commonly known moisturising agent is glycerine, which literally traps moisture on the surface of the skin. Others include squalane, an oil derived from olives, sugars such as glycols, or even hyaluronic acid.
Nourishing agents and relipidation agents. These are essential fatty acids and ceramides that are rich in omega 3 and 6. They help reform the skin’s natural barrier. They can be either of chemical or natural origin (shea butter, argan oil, apricot oil or hazelnut oil).
Healing agents. These can include aloe vera, which helps heal chapped, cracked skin, allantoin, which helps soothe skin, or essential oil of lavender, which helps prevent skin feeling tight.
Vitamins and anti-oxidants to protect hands from free radicals and the effects of ageing.
Regenerating, anti-ageing active ingredients, which can include oils that have anti-ageing properties, such as argan oil.
Active ingredients that work on age spots, in particular soy isoflavones or kojic acid.
The Vital Nature product range does not yet include a hand mask, but does offer quality hand creams.
Winter Hand Cream with Shea Butter
By replenishing the hydrolipid film of the epidermis, the active ingredients in this cream: shea butter, glycerine, allantoin, apricot kernel oil and vitamin E, protect your hands from cracks and irritation, making them feel softer, more supple and moisturized. Argan Anti Ageing Hand Cream
Discover the first cream to contain two active ingredients essential to restoring the youthful look and feel of your hands:
1 –Clariskin II® 5%, a new active ingredient derived from wheat germ and active against age spots, has been clinically shown to promote lightening of skin colour by regulating the production of a lighter-toned melanin (the pigment that gives the skin its colour): helps prevent the appearance of new spots and lighten existing spots.
2 – Argan Oil penetrates deep down to protect, nourish, regenerate and moisturize hands that are showing signs of ageing and environmental damage (sunlight, pollution, etc.).
Is your hair dull, lifeless and coming out by the handful? Maybe it is time to ask yourself what to do about it. The answer may be in your plate.
What we eat on a daily basis has a significant impact on the beauty, shine and vitality of our hair. Hair, like our nails eyelashes and eyebrows need Group B vitamins, and in particular B6 vitamins. These can be found in wholegrain cereals, tuna, mushrooms, eggs, bananas and dried vegetables.
• Four allies for healthy hair
– Beer Yeast.
Keratin is essential for strong hair, and sulphur is a key ingredient in keratin production. It can be found in garlic, eggs and onion.
– The trace element, zinc. Veal liver, oysters, shellfish and rye bread are good sources of zinc.
– Iron is recommended for fighting against hair loss. Animal-based iron is mainly found in meat, oysters, egg yolk, liver and offal. Plant-derived iron can be found, for example, in powdered cocoa, parsley, white beans, almonds and hazelnuts.
A healthy lifestyle also has an impact on hair health: the best advice to follow is to get enough sleep and to practice some sort of physical activity.
And to complement these good lifestyle choices, Vital Nature has developed some high quality shampoos:
Hair loss treatment shampoo by Vital Nature
Helps reduce hair loss and promotes hair growth!
Specially formulated with the very best natural active ingredients to help prevent and reduce hair loss:
1 –Ginkgo Biloba activates the cellular metabolism of follicle cells (root of the hair) and increases the hair’s resistance.
2 – Provitamin B5 (panthenol): strengthens and thickens the hair during growth phases promoting a fuller and healthier head of hair.
3- Anageline®: lupin-based active ingredient to help stimulate hair growth.
4 – An amino acid complex (cysteine, methionine, …), essential substrates for the synthesis of keratin, of which hair is essentially made.
Used regularly, it will help you maintain or regenerate a thick head of hair.
Fortifying Ginseng Royal Jelly Shampoo by Vital Nature for soft, strong and silky hair
Its formula, naturally rich in ginseng and royal jelly, will nourish, soften and protect your hair against the negative effects of environmental pollution. Thanks to its revitalising, balancing and nourishing effects, it will restore your hair’s soft and supple texture while being gentle on your scalp.
Like the rest of our body, our skin is subject to different biological processes at different times of the day and night. The skin’s protective functions are most active during the day, while at night, skin is more focused on regeneration and synthesis processes. Thus, skin cells do their repair work more effectively at night, peaking between 11pm and 4am. That corresponds to the period when circulation in the skin is at its maximum.
What role does night cream play in this process?
Using a night cream, such as Vital Nature’s Anti-wrinkle Day/Night Cream , is of benefit as it helps boost the natural skin renewal process. It provides the skin with “active ingredients that help produce important substances such as collagen and proteoglycans that help skin stay looking smooth and firm, for example”.
Another benefit of using night creams: the molecules contained in night creams are not degraded by exposure to light. This is the case for retinol, for example, which is a molecule that is highly photosensitive.
What is the best time to apply night cream?
Ideally, Vital Nature Anti-wrinkle Day/Night Cream should be applied before 11pm. The unctuous texture and delicate fragrance will help you unwind and get you ready for a restful night’s sleep.
Who needs it the most?
Use of a night cream is particularly recommended from the age of 30-35 when the skin renewal process really begins. As it is richer than a day cream, night cream is also perfectly suitable for women who feel their skin is tight after removing make up at the end of the day.
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