Vitamins (and other supplements) can have an enormous positive benefit on the health of senior citizens, and judging by the sales of these to the elderly-they know it. As the body ages, the immune system starts to degrade. Eventually, even a flu could lead to pneumonia, hospitalization…and even death. Keeping the immune system strong through supplements and the synergistic combination of a good, well-balanced diet should be absolutely mandatory for anybody past sixty-five.
Any nutrient that can stimulate the production of the naturally-produced, anti-pathogenic interferon, such as Vitamin ‘C’, especially in an ‘Ester-C’ compound (basically, vitamin ‘C’ bound to a calcium molecule) is good for the much older human immune system. By binding Vitamin ‘C’ to a calcium molecule, the vitamin is better absorbed and utillized (average Vitamin ‘C’ is usually very quickly excreted through the system, wasting much of it). Ester-‘C’ can also stimulate the production and efficiency of white blood cells, the immune system’s ‘Special Ops’ units in dealing with biological invaders. Such a nutrient is extremely beneficial to the elderly person’s immune system, and is relatively inexpensive. Other immune-enhancers include Resveratrol, Maitake, Reishi and Cordyceps.
Other benefits of supplements for the elderly can include cholesterol reduction and strengthening of the heart, also from Cordyceps-it strengthening the heart to the point where a rapid heart beat from an overworked, weakened heart can be reduced-dangerous arrythmias being alleviated or prevented. This is good for the senior who may be suffering from congestive heart failure. A stronger heart can prolong the lives of a senior weakened by heart disease…and more importantly give them a better quality to life. Cordyceps is also good for those seniors suffering from weak lungs and poor oxygenation, such as from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and other chronic lung diseases such as asthma. It substantially improves the body’s oxygen to red blood cell ratio, helping to give a new lease of life on those suffering from chronic lung diseases. COQ10 is also good for treating heart disease (especially congestive heart failure) and chronic lung diseases by increasing the amount of energy to the cellular mitochrondria.
‘B’ vitamins are also good for all mental processes, skin, hair, eyes…Vitamin ‘A’ and Beta-Carotene: skin, hair, mucous membranes, and lungs…Vitamin ‘E’: heart, reproductive organs, and strong anti-oxidant. Seniors should avoid multivitamin supplements, as they are usually in weak dosages. Additionally, seniors should buy natural supplements, taking them in much higher than RDA-dosages, which are obsolete-decades out of date.