In the series so far, examples have been given of the herculean work which lie waiting for the Buhari Administration. There are old and ethnic injuries to heal. There is a motley crowd All Progressives Congress (APC) party to wield together. A huge task it would be to maintain a healthy balance between the populist natures, of a President Buhari and the APC. How far can the government be separated from the party without a snap occurring somewhere? In other words, how distant can architects of the Buhari Administration be kept from the government in favor of a technocrats dominated government? Gen. Buhari wishes to create about four million jobs in one year, supply enough electricity nationwide on non-stop basis, and engineer a farming revolution.

Over haul security (that will involve police and armed forces reforms). Combat corruption, drastically reduce cost of governance (that will involve demolishing jumbo pay for Senators and Representatives)

And among other ventures, repair a damaged economy President Ebele Jonathan is leaving behind. For a President in his seventies, this is a mountainous journey which will task brain and brawn. Brain and brawn tasking will stress the body. Stress will produce free radicals. And free radicals will hasten aging process, unless they are checked. This column does not see Gen. Buhari in isolation. We are all aging gracefully or otherwise because our work or lifestyle expose us to stress, and the health damaging effects of free radicals.As an editor, I kept a 10a.m to 3a.m work schedule every day from 1983 to about 1996.

It took a toll on several parts of my body, including my eyes. I have been luckier than many people only because I have some knowledge of free radicals and antioxidants which always it is my joy to share.

But, luckily for us all, we are being told by researchers that we can now live up to 150 years if we control our lifestyles and consume more foods and drinks which have lots of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants destroy free radicals.

And without free radicals troubling them, our cell can live for as long as 150 years without health mishaps. They have demonstrated this on animals by extending the lifespans of some of them five times over. As promised last week, the following anti-aging that is life-extending health tips for Gen. Buhari and the rest of us come from the summary of anti-aging research work world-wide replied by two world –best –seller writers in their books. One of these books: ‘Stop aging’, was written by Jean carper. The other, written by Judy Limberg Mcfarland, entitled- ‘Aging without growing old.’ I recommended both books for your library.

Hear Jean Carper

f you know how free radicals are born and how to partially tame them, you understand the rules of the aging game and the simple moves you can make to save yourself from premature and devastating aging. You age, as does every creature. It is part of the cosmic plan. Aging is universal, as a death. But how rapidly you age is not. Nor your own individual lifespan. Both the age rate at which you age and your time on earth are under more control than you may dream than scientists envisioned until recently closed.

Jean carper inform us that Oxygen, the component of the air we breathe in to keep us alive, is a double-edged sword which can also shorten our lives if our bodies cannot successfully handled. Its serves as fuel in small factories in the cells of our bodies called mitochondria. It is the mitochondria that energy is produced. The waste products of oxygen combusted in the mitochondria are oxygen free radicals.

Jean Carper Says: “About a trillion molecules of oxygen go through each cell every day, inflicting about 100,000 free radicals hits or wounds on your cells genes or DNA, estimate geneticist, Bruce Aimes, of the University of California at Berkley.’’

Dr Aimes says about 99 percent of the wounds are repaired every day, leaving about 10,000 wounds unrepaired by patrolling enzymes and antioxidants.

Dr Aimes says that, by the time we say we are old,’’…we find a few million oxygen lesions (wounds) per cell.’’

Jean Carper would add that: ‘’It is this accumulation of cellular damaged or rubbish from incomplete repair that fuels the aging process, pushing up your odds of disease and death. It is estimated that, by the time you are filthy, about 30 percent of your cellular protein has been turned into rusty drink by free radical attacks. Particularly vulnerable also are fatty molecules which are abundant in the delicate structural membranes of the cells and in the blood. Free radicals attack oxidize such fats, leaving it spoiled, just as butter out of the refrigerator becomes rancid. In a sense it has been said that as we age, ‘we chemically resemble a piece of meat that has been left too long in the open air and sun.’ The bottom line as Jean Carper advices us, is that we are on the way to an early grave once we have far more free radicals in our bodies than we have antioxidants to fight. In this scenario, the body begins to exhibit such symptoms as tiredness, pain, heart and circulatory diseases, asthria, vision decline, diabetes and even cancer, among several others. She offers three suggestions for diminishing the free radical load and enlarging antioxidant presence in the body. The first obvious defense is to, “eat plenty of antioxidants’’ she says ‘’flooding your blood stream and hence your cells with neutralizers of free radicals. This includes the powerful three antioxidant.

…Vitamin E, Beta carotene and Vitamine C… As well as more exotic anti-oxidants in supplements, herbs and food such as galic, broccoli, tea, and tomatoes. Her second suggestion is that we avoid foods that are easily oxidised so that , by not eating them, we do not get into our bodies foods that will easily oxidise inside it and released large amounts of free radicals. She names as examples of easily oxidized foods, “corn and safflower oil, magarine and dry eggs in many processed foods. If I may briefly interrupt to make a few comments, it should now be clear to some friends of mine why I never tired of suggesting that they include wheatgrass, Spirulina and Diatom (Diatomaceas health or Edible Earth) in their daily diet. Spirulina is about the richest plant source of beta carotene. Wheatgrass stimulates immune system function and such as enzymes as support free radical elimination and repair of cellular damage. And ever since I learned from Dr Ray Strands’ ‘What your doctor does not know about nutrition’ may be killing YOU how he found Grape seed extract valuable in combating many degenerative diseases, I have made sure it is a part of my anti-oxidant dietary supplement every day. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are well praised as anti-oxidants. But it may not be well known by many people that grape seed extract is 50 times more potent than they are as an anti-oxidant. Back to Jean Carper, her third suggestion in the battle against free radicals says: “The third strategy is to inject supplements, herbs, vitamins and other food constituents that indirectly stimulate enzymes. Rev up the body’s detoxification, systems that zap free radicals. Notable is broccoli, which contains sulforaph are a chemical that Johns Hopkins researcher recently found stimulate mechanisms that vapourises specific free radicals. Let us listen to Judy Limberg McFarland: Gladys Limberg had a simple test for establishing the true age of a person. She would tell you to pull up the skin on the back of your hand and pull it up taut, hold it for a few seconds, and then let go. If your skin snaps back, mother declared you to be young, regardless of your chronological years. If your skin crawled back, you were  old. Truly, old skin may take a minute or more to return to normal. Mother of course, love to show her customers how elastic her own beautiful skin was, check yours. Compare your skin with younger and old friends. We each have two ages. There is our chronological age which involves the celebration of birthdays and the passing of years, and our biological age, which reflects the rate at which we are getting older. Every body ages at the same chronological age, but people do not age at the same biological rate. You will find the skin test comparism interesting, especially if you smoke and drink alcohol. “My husband and I were high school sweethearts and continued dating throughout college. Don received a football scholarship to the University of Southern Califonia, and we didn’t marry until 1955 after college. We attended our 50th manual Arts High School reunion and we were looking forward in meeting our friends of long ago. When we arrived at the hotel, Dons said he was going to ask directions to the ball room, but I assured him he would find our friends without difficulty well we found the ballroom with lots of celebrating, happy senior citizens. Don hesitated  before going in, saying this can’t be our class  they look too old:of course, it was our group. We realized very quickly how fast the years had flown by. I had never thought much about our own aging until we attended that party and saw many of our long lost friends. We were all about the same chronological age except the new wives of some of the men, but we certainly had many biological ages. Some looked great, but others (we recognized only by their high school photo on their name tag. What causes the differences in the aging of our friends?

Sixteen points

From now on, I would like to see, through the eyes of the anti- aging writers that is Jean Carper and Judy Limberg Mcfarland, what anti–aging support mother Nature has for each aspect of the human body, beginning with the brain.

Ginkgo biloba

ean Carper holds Ginkgo biloba up as a most essential herb supplement for healthy brain function where there is a problem with blood circulation to the brain. For thousands of years, Ginkgo had been called maiden hair. That was  when the tea was taken largely by women because it was thought to make their hair grow long, sturdy and beautiful. Scientists researched this claim, they concluded the claims were genuine and probably due to the fact that Ginkgo promotes blood circulation too.

Thereafter, the name changed and recently ophthalmologists have included it in eye health formulations not only on account of its antioxidant properties but also because it improved blood circulation to the brain, as well as improved blood circulation to the eyes.

Judy Limberg Mc farland says: Ginkgo biloba extracts has antioxidant activity, improves arterial blood flow and enhances cellular metabolism, it is known for its anti-aging properties and has been used in some cultures for centuries to help prevent degenerative changes in the eye. Ginkgo improves blood circulation in the eye and related eye structures such as the retina that helps prevent macular degeneration sometimes, Ginkgo is combined with cayenne for the purpose of enhancing blood circulation in double – quick march. When it is combined with bilbery and zinc sulfate, an improvement in vision is sometimes reported, as zinc and Bilberry are antioxidants with some specificity for the eye.

Says Judy Lumberg Mcfarland: “Perhaps the most important nutrient for potentially improving memory and warding off semility is the Chinese herb Ginkgo biloba, derived from one of the most ancient  trees known to mankind. The single Ginkgo tree can live for 1,000 years. Research shows that the leaves of this tree, taken in supplement form produce remarkable pharmacological action to the circulatory and nervous systems.

“Ginkgo biloba may be the most effective remedy available for short term memory loss, slow thinking and reasoning, deafness,  ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and problem with vertigo and equilibrum. It is also being used to treat all types of dementia, cognitive disorders, related to depression, absent mindedness, confusion, lack of energy, alzheicmeris disease and senility.” She reports that Ginkgo is the most widely used prescription in Europe” with more than 10 million prescriptions every year for different health problems, especially for those affecting the circulatory system.

(Back to Jean Carper. In STOP AGING NOW. She says of Ginkgo Biloba: “Its leaves pulverised into a powder or liquid has long been revered for its anti aging effects on the brain. And after 5,000 years of on and off medicinal popularity, Ginkgo biloba is undergoing a monumental revival. Ginkgo is coming of age because it gives to the needs of an aging population; its anti aging powers have made a big scientific splash, particularly in Germany and France, where tens of millions of people have used it with great success.

“Ginkgo is the most important, medicinal plant agent ‘to be marketed in Europe during the last decade’, declared leading medicinal plant authority, Varro E. P.h.D. Tyler at Purdue University. She reports that German doctors write more than five million Ginkgo prescriptions every year to reverse or avert aging-relating challenges, including deteriorating memory.”

The leaves of Ginkgo are divided into two lobes, just like the brain, perhaps a signature secret tune that gives it the name Ginkgo biloba. About plants of Ginkgo leaves make about fifty pound of Ginkgo biloba extract in liquid or capsule or tablet. The elderly profit from Ginkgo biloba supplementation because it makes blood flow easily through their vessels which, through free radical damage or some other transformation, are clugged and inflexible, causing high blood pressure and pain in parts of the body starved of oxygen because of poor blood circulation. Jean carper says: “Apparently, Ginkgo allows blood to squeeze through even the tiniest, narrowed vessel to nourish oxygen- starved tissue in the brain, heart and limbs often restoring memory and wiping away muscle pain, among other things. More than 300 scientific papers have been published in Ginkgo, many confirming that Ginkgo stimulates blood flow, feeding oxygen to tissue, most likely by dilating blood vessels and discouraging blood platelets from sticking together forming clots.”

Furthermore, “Ginkgo delivers healing oxygen and restoring memory blood not only to the healthy part of the brain, but specifically to disease- damaged areas, actually bringing new life to an aging brain.” Jean carper tells us of studies which show Ginkgo to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin c, “blocking highly destructive oxidation of falty cells.” She adds: “unquestionably, Ginkgo can ameliorate the symptoms of cerebral insufficiency, according to sterling research, including an analysis of 40 controlled studies by doctors Jos kleijen and Paul Klipschild  at the university of Limberg in Maastricht, the Netherland. Written in the British Journal of Clinical pharmacology in 1992, they concluded that the evidence for using Ginkgo to treat cerebral insufficiency equals that for the pharmaceutical drug coder doctrine (hydrogen, commonly prescribed for cerebral insufficiency.