AMONG Nigeria’s Senior Citizens, CELLGEVITY is a new health defence word. The word stands for cell and longevity or longevity of the cell. In other words…extended lifespan. Thus, CELLGEVITY excites aging people who want remission for one health challenge or the other. I thought about it on November 29, that is two Wednesdays ago, as the health movement world-wide observed yet another SENIOR CITIZEN’S DAY. But I did not feel inwardly driven well enough to consider this event for a column until when, last Saturday, one of my acquaintances since the 1970s, who, like me, is a Senior Citizen, telephoned me to announce that a mutual acquaintance of ours, himself also a Senior Citizen now, had a stroke overnight. Then, I thought of the many health challenges a Senior Citizen, male or female, may encounter as the twilight years approach, and some of the many natural remedies available in Nature’s pharmacy or in proprietary forms which may help them overcome these nuances which may occur anywhere between the head and the toes. It is not out of place, therefore, to begin this exploration from the rave of the moment…CELLGEVITY.
This product has to do with making the body’s master antioxidant most abundant in the body. To understand the role of this master antioxidant, GLUTATHIONE, in the body, we need a few minutes in the classroom. Mother Nature put antioxidants in our bodies to destroy free radicals which we inhale with air, ingest with food and water, or produce in our bodies when we convert food to energy and other things, or when our immune system, soldiers of our bodies, wage war on disease germs with these destructive molecules, or these germs hurl them at the immune defences, or when heavy metals which many of us do not deliberately remove from our bodies run riot against us.
Modern anti-aging research is showing us that we can live much, much longer than we now live, free of disease and pain, if we have enough antioxidants in our bodys to neutralise these free radicals. These free radicals have been implicated in more than 200 diseases, many of them degenerative. They include cancer, asthma, glaucoma, diabetes and many more. Free radicals are unstable molecules which punch holes in our cells to steal electrons from them to stabilise themselves. As these cells are bombarded, as though they were planets bombarded by meteorites, their cellular walls break and their contents leak. They struggle to seal the leaks, produce little or no energy, become weak, vulnerable to disease germs, become diseased, prematurely aged and die. Imagine a cell hit about 100,000 times in one day! Somewhere else, I likened this scenario to a family whose residence is bombarded everyday for one month by armed robber assaults. Every member of that family would become psychically distressed, depressed and may even become insomniac or insane. Ultimately, the family would flee the apartment which would become inhabitable thereafter.
As stated earlier, Mother Nature put some antioxidants into our defence systems to prevent free radicals from cutting our lives short. Anti-aging researchers have proven the value of antioxidants in this regard by feeding some animals with more antioxidants than they normally obtain in their regular forage and watching their lifespans grow, sometimes, by 100 percent. From this, it was concluded than man could live up to 150 years if, by the present knowledge, his diet was well stuffed with antioxidants.
Thus, attempts have been made before now to improve the amounts of GLUTATHIONE, the master antioxidant, in the body. For Glutathione levels in the cells begin to decline and even fall remarkably from about the age of 40. Incidentally, this is about when many people begin to complain about one health problem or the other, which has led to the joke that after age 40, man enters into the second half of a football match of earthly existence, likening the creaks and cranks of this time to the tiredness of footballers in the second half of a football match.
In the past, Glutathione was manufactured and sold as a dietary supplement. But it was observed that little or none of it reached the cell. For the digestive system interfered with it before it could be absorbed. Thus, the major option available for obtaining Glutathione was by consuming foods rich in all the amino acids, some of which are the components of Glutathione, in the hope that Mother Nature would make Glutathione out of them inside our bodies. But the fact that many people still came down with diseases showed that they weren’t producing enough Glutathione, or stress, anxiety, disease, heavy metals et.c were consuming large chunks of this master antioxidant, thereby creating a deficiency of it.
This company broke through the barrier with a new technology which is believed to have solved the old problems and makes Glutathione readily available in the cells, ascending to the literature review of CELLGEVITY, its prime Glutathione product. A crucial element in the production of Glutathione is the substance L-Cysteine. In other proprietary Glutathione products, it is so transformed by stomach acid that it is not easily available to make Glutathione in the liver for distribution to the cells. But Max International rapped it up in substances which protect it against stomach acid. The technology is called RiboCeine. It is said to solder together 13 ingredients which the cells require to produce Glutathione. These 13 ingredients are (1) Vitamin C (2) Broccoli (3) Turmeric Root Extract (4) Resveratrol (5) Alpha Lipoic Acid (6) Curcumin (7) Grape Seed Extract (8) Milk thistle (9) Selenium (10) Black pepper (11) Cordyceps (12) Aloe leaf (13) Quercetin.
Incidentally, these are food supplements we consume on their own everyday. It has probably taken RiboCeine other ways and means technology to make them get the cell to produce an abundance of Glutathione. In the package, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), a powerful antioxidant active in both fluid and fat media of cells, fights off oxidative stress and recycles other antioxidants. ALA and Glutathione synergically protect fluid (water) and fat parts of the cell against free radical attack and damage. Broccoli Seed Extract boosts antioxidant activity, prevents DNA damage, detoxifies the cell of toxins and even carcinogens (cancer causing substances). Turmeric provides Curcumin, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, activate enzymes which support detoxification. Resveratrol is well known in the French paradox story. The paradox is that French people eat a lot of fat but hardly get fat. This is because they drink a lot of red wine from red grapes, the skin of which is rich in Resveratrol, a fat dissolving and fat-burning substance. Resveratrol protects the heart and the blood vessels, a plausible reason why French people, according to studies, suffer less from heart and blood vessel related problems.
Grape Seed Extract is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It is about 50 times more powerful as an antioxidant than Vitamin A and E. Vitamin C is well known for its immune boosting activity and for supporting the production of collagen which gives form to all bodily structures. It supports wound healing and, at about 3,000mg daily, helps natural fluid drainage in the eye, thereby helpful in glaucoma, according to two-times Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling, arguably the father of modern Vitamin C research. Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune boosting.
Some Senior Citizens I know who take Cellgevity say it has improved their energy potential apart from improving their well-being. One reader of this column said it was introduced to her by a two-times former minister who said the product took away his crutches.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition. As an anti-inflammatory, Glutathione can rescue the joint from arthritic damage. So much about Cellgevity.
I believe the Senior Citizen is a person not below age 50. The experience peculiar and general ailments. We can undertake a quick excursion from head to toe.
A Senior Citizen may easily forget names and directions. Some may keep the car or house key in their pocket and search for it hours on end, until someone helps out. They forget dates, too, missing appointments. I remember a couple dressed in party dress who arrived at the home of a friend of theirs one full week before his birthday party! What about spellings? They may be awful in this. On television, some oldies fail to balance their tenses, and are no longer smart in their word power. When it comes to this, there is need to protect the brain with improved blood circulation for more oxygen delivery and waste evacuation, apart from giving it antioxidant protection. We would have to return to Cellgevity for more glutathione supplies to the brain. Additionally, Ginkgo biloba is indispensable for micro blood circulation in the brain. Cayenne and Ginkgo biloba promote blood circulation to the brain. Lecithin ensures choline and inositol supply to the nerves of the brain. Grape Seed Extract, which is one of the few substances to easily cross the Blood/Brain Barrier, is an antioxidant and antimicrobial agent good for brain health. And Alpha Lipoic Acid? It has already been mentioned that it is one of the few antioxidants which function simultaneously in the fluid (water) and fat content of cells. The brain has a lot of fat content. We cannot depart from the brain station without mentioning Vitamin A and E, both antioxidants for fat media, and Lion’s Mane Mushroom which helps the brain to produce Nerve Growth Hormone or Nerve Growth Factor. This supports nerve energy flow in the nerves to keep the brain in particular young and active. The subject of a Nobel Prize Award to Italian Dr. Rita Levi Montalcini, who discovered that it helps in the regeneration of damaged nerves, it has kept this woman going well into her 104th year on earth…she still writes and read!
Recently, I was told of an 83-year-old woman who had sleep disturbances. What helped her were the proprietary product Calmful sleep and Chamomile capsules. Calmful sleep is a variant of Natural Calm, another proprietary formula. They are both Magnesium-leased but the quality of Magnesium which the body easily assimilates. There are many other recipes that can do the job. These may include Lecithin and Mag phos from the cell or tissue salts category. There is Bell’s Sleep and Relax tea, Melatonin, Ginkgo (if blood circulation to the brain is poor).
There may be many potential causes. The blood may be thick due to dehydration. Water should be drunk about 30 minutes before a meal to provide resource for the production of Pancreatic enzymes which aid digestion in the intestine. Two hours after a meal or thereabout, water should be drunk for a flushing and dilution of absorbed nutrients. If there is no water for dilution, the blood may be so thick that, osmotically, it sucks up water from surrounding tissue, dehydrating them. In the brain, this causes the pain of headache. Indigestion may throw up gasses which, traveling in the blood to the brain, may disturb the brain cells. Digestive enzymes and fiber help out. I often recommend Pawpaw leaf juice or powder. The juice or powder contains enzymes which digest fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The leaf or powder also helps to stop bleeding by supporting the production of platelet cells in the bone marrow, which should be good news for people about to undergo chemotherapy or those going through it. Sometimes, I eat pawpaw fruit, pawpaw seed and take some pawpaw leaf powder as a meal. The effect on my bowels is tremendous.
Ringing in ears
This may present also as noises. The nerves can be calmed with Magnesium and Chamomile which blood circulation is improved using Cayenne or Alligator pepper.
It is important to consult an ophthalmologist to determine the roots of any problem. Dr. William Bates shows in his book BETTER SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES that not all cases of lens or refractive problems require eye glasses. This book teaches eye exercises that can be performed to improve vision, where the causes of trouble are not degenerative questions. Sometimes, eye problems are simply the outcome of nutritional deficiencies. Some oldies lack Vitamin A. Some people take the oil-soluble Vitamin A, but their bodies cannot easily convert it to the usable form. Some convert well but do not have enough Zinc in their bodies. Without enough Zinc in the eye, Vitamin A is not well utilised by the eye. Being someone who does not easily convert beta carotene to Vitamin A, I get round this by adding Zinc to my water-soluble (solubilized) Vitamin A. The eyes need about 18 antioxidants which include Bilberry (to protect the retina), Zinc, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin B-complex, Selenium, Lutein, Zeazanthin, Astazanthin et.c. Some of them are combined in proprietary supplements such as Eye Max, Eye Max plus, Maxi Vision, Eye Promise, Optic Nerve Formula, Vision Saver, Bell’s 20/20 Vision (Vision Day and Night), Forever Vision et.c. It is important to check labels for dosages and array of ingredients to reduce eye tension, good daily dosages of Vitamin C are advised along the ophthalmologist’s prescriptions which may include Bitter Kola eye drops developed by ophthalmologist Professor Bukunola Adefule-Oshitelu. There is a huge role Cellgevity can play in vision health. I am not surprise, therefore by stories that it helped some cases of Cataract. The antioxidants in Cellgevity are well indicated for the eyes. I was diagnosed with glaucoma about 22years ago and, since then, I have not failed on regular bases to take many, if not all, of the ingredients which makeup cellgevity. For people who ask about cataracts, CATARACT CLEAR and VISION SAVER from Nature’s Gift for Life may be worth a try.
Far too many questions than can be addressed here are sometimes involved in Senior Citizen health. The mouth may be smelling. The gums may be swollen and bleeding. The teeth may be loose in their sockets and falling off. Oral antibiotics help. These include Bitter Leaf juice, Basil juice, Pawpaw Leaf juice, Garlic, Onion, Clove oil, Oregano oil spray, Apple Cider Vinegar mouth wash, Cinnamon, Banana peel and Orange peel mouth cleaning. Activated Charcoal cleaning and Grape Seed Extract mouth rinses.
Swallowing difficulties should be promptly investigated. A growth or a lump may be developing which may result in a cancer if care is not taken. Phlegm buildup should not be treated lightly. Ditto tickling sensations and even unproductive cough. If coughing persists despite the use of medicines, the doctor should be consulted. Such coughs may be warning signals that the heart is enlarging or has enlarged. In this case, it pumps blood to the lungs for oxygenation but is unable to pump it out. Meanwhile, irritated, the lungs try to get rid of the irritant. This condition is known as Congestive Heart Failure. (For more information about this and other heart problems which yield to home remedies, you may wish to visit www.olufemikusa.com for the posts titled…How Healthy are your heart and blood vessels?). Sometimes, a throat problem may affect the wind pipes, resulting in upper respiratory infections. Sometimes while it may be worse, as in bronchiestasis where the wind pipes have lost motion capacity. Golden Seal Root may help clear infections as should Colloidal Silver, Oregano oil and many more. It should be noted, however, that nasal and throat infections which persist for more than 3months and tend to defile antibacterial medication may not be caused by bacteria but by fungi. This was the finding in a 2010 study which MAYO CLINIC carried out with thousands of patients.
This is the domain of peptic ulcer, esophageal reflux, hiatal hernia, indigestion and, sometimes, the origin of bad breadth. If foods are miscombined, this may lead to indigestion. A miscombination may involve eating fruits over solid meal as is the culture of three-course meal. Fruits take about 30 minutes to digest, complex carbohydrates about two hours and proteins, such as beans and meat, much longer. Therefore, fruits, already digested, may decompose into acids while awaiting the digestion of more complex foods. This may cause acidosis, heartburn and such irritation to the stomach as may end up in peptic ulcer. Decomposition and fermentation of foods trapped in the stomach may cause gas buildup, some of which is evacuated through the mouth by way of burping and belching. The smell may be foul. In this type of stomach germs may buildup such as Helicobacter pylori, which is believed to cause peptic ulcer and found at the sites of ulcers. If this germ travel up the throat, they can cause infections and damage their. The situation may be worsened by the fact that many Seniors leave Sedentary lives. Digestive enzymes help Seniors a lot because, in any case, their bodies may not be producing enough of them and, despite this, they may be eating voluminously. I find that the proprietary product ACIDIC STOMACH AND ALKALINE BALANCE help this condition. Ditto Apple Cider Vinegar and Slippery elm.
…To be continued.