Robust Living Pat Robertson
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PAT’S AGE-DEFYING ANTIOXIDANTS
I have received an overwhelming response to my Age-Defying Shake. In order to complete the picture needed to defy the ravages of age and promote radiant health, there are other vital substances that you need to consider. These are the essential age-defying antioxidant vitamins and minerals. After the age of 20, and more so after the age of 40, vital substances that protect our bodies begin to decline. In men, there is a decline in testosterone, which falls off dramatically after the age of 40 or 50. The same is true with the vital adrenal hormone DHEA that converts to testosterone. At around 50, the presence of Coenzyme Q10 falls off dramatically. At the same time, the pineal gland starts to shut down at an increasing rate and leaves the body, and especially the brain, vulnerable to age-related degeneration and destruction.
As these hormonal processes are taking place, our bodies also experience destructive assaults from outside. There is pollution in the air from chemicals emitted by manufacturing and from tobacco smoke. There are pollutants and excess minerals in most of the water that we drink. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight damage and age our skin. Some chickens and beef are fed antibiotics and steroids to cause them to fatten quickly before they are marketed. When we ingest the flesh of these animals, we experience further assault. Fish, while otherwise having health benefits, may contain toxic mercury; plus, some mercury gets into the body from mercury-containing dental fillings. Fluoride from most drinking water and aluminum from various dietary sources also add to the body’s metal burden.
In addition, during the complex processes of living, our bodies produce substances which attack our cells. These products of our own bodies are called free radicals that result when we breathe oxygen and burn food for energy.
Free radicals are produced in large quantities by strenuous energy producing work or exercise. The free radicals are called such because each free radical is missing an electron which makes it unstable and sends it on a course of destruction seeking its missing electron from otherwise healthy cells. I have read that even our DNA can be attacked by free radicals — up to 100,000 free radicals per day. The rate of the most serious DNA damage by free radicals increases ten-fold from the age of 20 to the age of 65.
Dr. Bruce Ames at the University of California, Berkeley, has shown that the lack of antioxidant nutrients like selenium, vitamin C, vitamin E and others can result in DNA damage that mimics the same damage to DNA caused by exposure to atomic radiation. It is these free radicals from within or without that cause a weakening of our cells and bring about the many conditions associated with aging and such increasingly frequent ailments as cancer, heart condition, atherosclerotic disease, and very possibly all the neuro degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s). People use the term “rust out” to describe some of the processes of aging and the term is not too far off because it is oxidation that causes the rusting in metal and it is the oxidation brought about by free radicals that can cause gradual or very rapid aging in every human being. YET THERE IS AN ANSWER!
According to the book by Klatz and Goldman, published by Keats Publishing, Inc., titled Stopping The Clock, “Over 100 studies have shown that people with a high level of beta carotene in their diet and blood are only about half as likely to develop cancer in the lungs, mouth, throat, esophagus, larynx, stomach, breasts, or bladder. Harvard Research studying some 87,000 female nurses found that a high intake of vitamin C cut the risk of heart disease about 20 percent; high doses of vitamin E caused the risk to drop by 34 percent; and high levels of beta carotene cut heart disease risks by 22 percent. Moreover, high doses of all three vitamins slash the risk of heart disease by 50 percent. Coenzyme Q10 helps prevent atherosclerosis, angina, and heart attacks.” CoQ10 also helps prevent cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. To think that it is so simple and so inexpensive to prevent the ravages of aging! It is a mistake to think that aging is a disease or that the apparent effects of old age and senility are natural consequences of growing old.
The Bible says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” I don’t want to get into complicated scientific matters which you can read in two excellent books, Stopping The Clock, which I just mentioned, and Judy Lindberg McFarland’s, Aging Without Growing Old, published by Western Front, Ltd. However, with a few simple vitamins and minerals added to the recipe of my Age-Defying Shake, you can clearly cut the risks of cancer, heart disease, hardening of the arteries, lesions of the skin, diabetes, and very possibly Alzheimer’s by regularly taking the following age-defying substances which can be obtained at any health food store and, as an added benefit, you can shed those unwanted pounds.
1. Multivitamin. Your age-defying vitamin schedule should include a therapeutic multivitamin with minerals. The so-called minimum daily requirements of vitamins published by the government are frankly nonsense. This may be adequate to prevent pellagra and scurvy, but it hardly gives you the protection you need to maintain the cells of your body at peak performance. Sometimes the therapeutic multivitamin and mineral preparation will include the necessary antioxidant vitamins and minerals without further supplementation. However, in addition I supplement with larger quantities than even the high-potency multivitamins provide. A good multivitamin will contain the essential B-Complex vitamins, plus many of the trace minerals like copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium, etc., necessary for good health. Most women, after menopause, and adult men should avoid vitamins containing iron. Iron accumulates with aging and is one of the most powerful free radical generators known.
2. Vitamin E. I recommend supplementing the multivitamin with enough vitamin E to bring your daily intake up to between 400-800 IU per day. Vitamin E is considered the most effective biologic antioxidant. Vitamin E prevents the oxidation of cells and is a powerful antioxidant protecting against air pollution, damage against radiation, prevents clotting of blood vessels, prevents stroke, and strengthens the immune system. In addition, several studies have shown vitamin E’s protective effect against the neuro degenerative diseases. It is particularly helpful for any type of endurance athletics. Some doctors have found that vitamin E returns an aging person’s immunity to almost youthful levels. In one test with vitamin E, white blood cells that fight infection were up 10-50 percent within thirty days. Some other immune functions were up 80-90 percent. The free radicals in chemical air pollution attack the cells of our lungs. Vitamin E short circuits the creation of lipid peroxide molecules according to Drs. Klatz and Goldman. Vitamin E reduces clotting of the blood and, therefore, reduces the risk of stroke. Most surgeons or dentists would recommend against taking vitamin E just prior to surgery because of their desire to minimize blood flow during those procedures. Additionally, the kind of vitamin E makes a difference — I recommend d-alpha tocopherol succinate as the best variety, followed by E composed of mixed tocopherols. However, avoid synthetic vitamin E (acetate) because it is poorly absorbed (especially in the brain) and has no effect on cancer.
Beta carotene is part of a class of nutrients called carotenoids — 40 of which are in the human diet. Consider taking a supplement of mixed carotenoids that contains not only beta carotene, but substances like lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin. None of these converts to vitamin A and they are especially potent against cancer.
3. Vitamin C. The third in our trio of essential antioxidant vitamins is my favorite, vitamin C. I take 3,000 milligrams each day of vitamin C personally, and Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling recommends dosages as high as 17,000 milligrams. For therapeutic benefit, I would recommend at least 1,000 milligrams, which could be split into two 500-milligram doses daily. If I feel a cold or flu coming on, I step my personal dosage up to 5,000 milligrams twice a day.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant to protect against cellular damage. It helps with wound healing and burns. It provides for the proper functioning of the nervous system and plays a role in protecting against excitotoxicity. Excitotoxins are found in foods under names like aspartame (sweetener), monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed protein and yeast extract. Excitotoxins can stimulate brain cells to death and produce huge numbers of free radicals, according to nutritional neuroscientist Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. Vitamin C increases resistance to infections. It raises HDL (which is good cholesterol). It protects against industrial pollutants. It protects from cardiovascular disease and prevents the build-up of atherosclerotic plaque on the blood vessel walls. With absence of vitamin C there can be excessive bleeding, bruising, muscle weakness and painful joints, and very slow healing of wounds. This vitamin also protects against the harmful nitrosamines produced by eating delimeats, sausage, and bacon.
With my vitamin C, I also make sure that it contains what is called a “citrus bioflavonoid complex” which is derived, as I understand, from the rind of citrus. The bioflavonoids are free radical scavengers, help prevent bruising, and decrease the permeability and fragility of blood vessels (which lead to varicose veins and hemorrhoids.) The bioflavonoids make vitamin C much more powerful. The tablets I get have 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C each, and 500 milligrams of bioflavonoids mixed together with the vitamin C. So if I take 3,000 milligrams of Vitamin C, I am getting 1,500 milligrams of the bioflavonoid. The bioflavonoids prolong the activity of the vitamin C in the bloodstream and help to control iron in the body. For some people, taking a buffered vitamin C may be preferable as this variety is easily absorbed and prevents stomach irritation Many studies have indicated that vitamin C reduces the risk of cancers of the colon, pancreas, esophagus, rectum, and especially the stomach. It reverses the biological clock by rejuvenating white blood cells in the elderly. According to one study cited by Klatz and Goldman and conducted by researchers at the University of California/Los Angeles in 1992, of 11,000 people, men who consumed the most vitamin C (about 150 milligrams a day) had a 35 percent lower mortality rate than men who consumed only 30 milligrams a day. According to them, some 120 studies show that “Vitamin C is a virtual vaccination against cancer.” The vitamin is also vital in protecting the brain, especially in conjunction with vitamin E. Alzheimer’s patients have very low brain vitamin C levels.
Taken together, these principal antioxidant vitamins have a synergistic effect which clearly causes those who take them to have a much lower risk of debilitating disease, especially heart disease and cancer. Considering how cheap and plentiful these vitamins are, it would be folly not to take them in the quantities I recommend to maintain good health or reverse some of the effects of ill health. If your therapeutic multivitamin tablet is deficient, I recommend supplemental betacarotene (A), E, and C. I would recommend three other essential antioxidants which can help reverse aging and bring about more radiant health.
1. Selenium. I have found from extensive reading that the absence of a mineral called selenium can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Without selenium, neither vitamin E nor the glutamine I recommend for my shake are nearly as effective. Even those who keep horses notice that the absence of selenium in pastures can lead to a wasting and sickness in horses. Regional studies found a correlation between the so-called “stroke belt” (Georgia and the Carolinas, where the stroke rate is by far the highest in the US) and low levels of selenium in the soil and water. It is my feeling that the absence of selenium can make me susceptible to viral infections that are so often prevalent when I travel on commercial airlines. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a supplement of 200 micrograms of organically bound selenium (SelenoExcell) reduced the occurrence of virtually every form of cancer. I recommend 200 micrograms of selenium per day. There is some level of toxicity of selenium over 1,000 micrograms and, therefore, it is unwise to consider any more than 400 micrograms. Selenium is necessary for growth and protein synthesis, and it serves as an antioxidant for the cells to protect against oxygen exposure and exposure to toxic pollutants. According to Drs. Klatz and Goldman, “Selenium works with the antioxidant glutathione (derived from glutamine) to bind the toxic heavy metals mercury, lead, and cadmium in a process called chelation. Selenium also helps detoxify peroxidized fats, alcohol, tobacco smoke, and drugs.”
2. Alpha Lipoic Acid. My Christian friend, fellow weight lifter, and personal physician, Dr. Charles Warne, told me about another substance that I had never heard of before called alpha lipoic acid, which Dr. Warne felt would enhance physical performance. In truth, alpha lipoic acid (which has only recently gained public attention) is described by Judy Lindberg McFarland as “an exciting antioxidant which is an important link in the vital antioxidant network and it is multifunctional.” According to Judy in her excellent book, Aging Without Growing Old, alpha lipoic acid “has been shown to energize metabolism, to be a key compound for producing energy in the muscles, and it is important for everything we do from physical activity to thinking. Alpha lipoic acid unlocks energy from food calories and directs these calories away from fat production to energy production. The excitement about this nutrient can be seen in the many recent studies focusing on how alpha lipoic acid improves the physique, combats free radicals, protects our genetic material, slows aging, helps protect against heart disease, cancer, cataracts, and diabetes, and many other diseases.” The body makes a small amount of lipoic acid, but you will need a supplement as you age. I recommend between 100 and 200 milligrams, depending on your weight. I personally take 250 milligrams per day. Alpha lipoic acid is available in health food stores. It is not recommended for pregnant women until further studies have been completed.
3. Coenzyme Q10. About three years ago, I learned of the substance that most people in the U.S. have never heard of, Coenzyme Q10, which is described by Drs. Klatz and Goldman as “the miracle heart medicine.” My good friend John Rea, who at age 49 came in third in the world in the 26-Hour Double Ironman Triathlon (just think 200 miles bicycling, 52 miles running, and 4 miles swimming — nonstop for twenty-six hours), said that one of his secrets was the continuous ingestion of the vitamins and minerals I have been recommending plus large quantities of Coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 is important to energy manufacturing in the human body and is found in the mitochondrial membranes where it manufactures adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the basic energy molecule of the entire human body. It is needed in great quantities in cardiac tissue cells and also in the organ that purifies waste (the liver). According to Drs. Klatz and Goldman, “CoQ10 declines rapidly beginning at age 20, and dropping almost 80 percent at the end of middle age. Some researchers believe that the loss of CoQ10 is related to degenerative heart disease at the age of 50. Other possible reasons for the body’s depletion of this enzyme could be attributed to free radical damage to mitochondrial membranes or perhaps the process of lipid peroxidation — the same process that makes butter rancid, that damages other membranes in our cells.” CoQ10 protects fat molecules from being oxidized by the free radicals that continually attack fat cells. It supports the activity of the mitochondria that burn oxygen to manufacture energy within cells. CoQ10 also dramatically boosts the immune function.
CoQ10 has been recommended at between 60-90 milligrams a day. Some suggest 120-390 milligrams for those who wish to prevent signs of aging. Judy Lindberg McFarland indicates that there seems to be virtually no side effects to CoQ10. According to her, “It is one of the safest substances ever tested, even in high dosages.” I personally take about 200 milligrams a day, but more if I am engaged in any kind of stressful athletic activity. It takes about three months of use for the beneficial effects of CoQ10 to begin to be demonstrated.
There is some thought that CoQ10 may be beneficial in such dreaded diseases as Lou Gehrig’s, and Judy McFarland says that in addition to its ability to regenerate aging tissues and to alleviate the effects of many aging-related processes and age-associated diseases, CoQ10 is “effective in other areas such as periodontal disease (gum disease), hypertension or high blood pressure, muscular dystrophy, cancer, athletic performance, weight loss, anti-aging, and thyroid and thymus gland function.”
At CBN, we receive over 2 million calls per year, many of which involve some type of sickness or disease. I repeat what the Bible states, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” God wants us to be healthy, and so many of the illnesses that plague us today can be avoided or dramatically alleviated. There are benefits to be derived from taking my Age-Defying Shake and these Age-Defying Antioxidants — you will feel more energy and will be much healthier.
I also recommend moderate exercise (a 20-30 minute brisk walk three or four times a week with alternate work with light weights), adequate rest, and a diet which is free of sugar, white flour, margarine, and other so-called trans fatty acids, fried foods, large quantities of animal fat, and obviously tobacco and alcohol. Also, include in your diet the heavily colored fruits and vegetables which are loaded with beneficial phytonutrients. Eat sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, kale, beets, carrots, and similar vegetables, plus fruits like strawberries, raspberries, melons, apples, peaches, pears, plums, blueberries, unsalted raw or dry-roasted nuts of all kinds. Include oatmeal and oat bran and whole grain bread. More than anything, rejoice in the Lord because the Bible says “a merry heart doeth good like medicine.”
Disclaimer: Consult with your physician before starting this or any new health regimen or supplement program, especially if you have allergies to any of the listed or related products, or are under the care of a physician or other medical professional, or have any other health problems. No specific health benefit is implied or promised from the information contained herein.
* WHFCI does not endorse nor support all the teachings of the Pat Robertson Ministry, however, has provided this only as a reference for informational purposes.