Mindfulness minerals……..


Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. I have always tried to practice this philosophy when it comes to health. I was and am open to anything that may run counter to my beliefs, it’s that important. Today I saw something in the news that I feel is extremely important. It is another confirmation of information about the nutritional content of our water and food supply.

But I am going to blog about this a bit backward. I am going to recommend what I have been taking for multivitamins, and my next blog, I am going to tell you the news story that confirmed what I have believed for years. 

Keep in mind, this is my opinion only. You have to determine what is best for you, and may want to discuss with your doctor if there may be any interactions with any medicines you currently take.

The foundation of any supplement routine is the multivitamin. If you take just one thing, this is it. I have researched and taken about every brand you can think of, including all the drug store and big box offerings. I believe that no matter the cost, this is a must do. Here are the top three in my opinion.

The big daddy multivitamin is the Life Extension Mix 490 Capsules. It packs a complete punch, but spendy at $53. And you take the recommended 14 capsules a day, the bottle lasts 35 days. I took this multivitamin for many years, and finally switched because of the cost and I got sick of taking 14 pills a day of just my multivitamin. Because it’s so complete with vitamins, herbs and minerals, you really don’t need to take anything else.

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Serving Size 14 capsules (per day)
Servings Per Container 35
Amount Per Serving
Vitamin A (as beta-carotene, acetate) 5000 IU
Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, niacinamide ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate, acerola extract) 2000 mg
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 2000 IU
Vitamin E (as D-alpha tocopheryl succinate, D-alpha tocopherol) 100 IU
Thiamine (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCl) 125 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) (as riboflavin, riboflavin 5’-phosphate) 50 mg
Niacin (as 61% niacinamide, 37% niacin, 2% niacinamide ascorbate) 190 mg
Vitamin B6 [as pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (100 mg), pyridoxine HCI (5 mg)] 105 mg
Folate (as L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate calcium salt) 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 600 mcg
Biotin 3000 mcg
Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate with 5 mg pantethine) 600 mg
Calcium (as Ca ascorbate, D-calcium pantothenate, Ca D-glucarate, dicalcium phosphate) 200 mg
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide, arginate, citrate, taurinate, glycinate, ascorbate) 400 mg
Zinc (as zinc citrate, L-OptiZinc®3 zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate) 35 mg
Selenium [as sodium selenite, SelenoExcell®4 high selenium yeast, Se-methyl L-selenocysteine] 200 mcg
Copper (as TRAACS®12 copper bisglycinate chelate) 1 mg
Manganese (as manganese gluconate, citrate) 1 mg
Chromium [as Crominex®5 3+ chromium stabilized with Capros® amla extract (fruit), PrimaVie® Shilajit] 500 mcg
Molybdenum (as molybdenum amino acid chelate) 125 mcg
Potassium (as potassium chloride) 35 mg
N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) 600 mg
Taurine 200 mg
Inositol 250 mg
Phosphatidylcholine (from soy) 150 mg
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 120 mg
Boron (as boron amino acid chelate) 3 mg
Trimethylglycine (TMG) (as betaine anhydrous) 100 mg
Bitter orange citrus bioflavonoids (peel, fruit) [std. to 50% hesperidin] 200 mg
Broccoli concentrate blend [broccoli extracts (sprout, floret, seed) (providing glucosinolates, sulforaphane), calcium D-glucarate] 725 mg
Decaffeinated green tea extract (leaf) [std. to 45% epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)] 325 mg
Acerola extract 4:1 (berry) 300 mg
Fruit/berry complex proprietary blend [European elder, blackberry, blueberry, sweet cherry, cranberry, plum, persimmon (Diospyros kaki) powders] 200 mg
Wild blueberry anthocyanin extract (fruit) 150 mg
Silymarin [from milk thistle extract (seed)] 100 mg
Maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) anthocyanin extract (fruit) 100 mg
CherryPure®1 sour cherry (tart cherry) proanthocyanidin extract (skin) 85 mg
POMELLA®9 pomegranate extract (fruit) [std. to 30% punicalagins] 85 mg
Natural mixed tocopherols (providing gamma, delta, alpha, beta tocopherols) 60 mg
MirtoSelect®11 bilberry extract (fruit) 30 mg
Leucoselect®6 grape seed proanthocyanidin extract 25 mg
BioVin®7 grape proanthocyanidin extract (whole grape) 25 mg
Bromelain [from pineapple (stem)] (2400 gelatin digestive units/gram) 15 mg
Delphinidins [from Delphinol®2 maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) extract (fruit)] 2 mg
Lutein [from marigold extract (flower)] (providing 465 mcg trans-zeaxanthin) 15 mg
Olive extract (fruit) (providing polyphenols, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, oleuropein) 12.5 mg
Sesame seed lignan extract 10 mg
Luteolin [from orange extract (fruit)] 8 mg
Lycopene [from Tomat-O-Red®8 natural tomato extract (fruit)] 3 mg
Cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G) [from black currant extract (fruit)] 1.25 mg
trans-Pterostilbene (from pTeroPure®10) 0.5 mg
Apigenin 5 mg
Other ingredients: gelatin (capsule), microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable stearate, silica, maltodextrin, medium chain triglycerides.
Contains soybeans.

Dosage and Use

  • Take fourteen (14) capsules per day in divided doses with meals, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.

Caution

Temporary flushing, itching, rash, or gastric disturbances may occur. Liver function testing is recommended when niacin is taken in excess of 500 mg daily. Those with gout or liver diseases should avoid taking high doses of niacin. Consult with your doctor before using this product if you are taking anticoagulant medications. Individuals consuming more than 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D (from diet and supplements) should periodically obtain a serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D measurement. Vitamin D supplementation is not recommended for individuals with high blood calcium levels. Individuals with in-born errors of copper metabolism (e.g. Wilson’s disease) should avoid daily, chronic use of this product.

I switched to a multivitamin from Optimum Nutrition, because it was less money, but still packed a lot into each pill. A bottle has 90 pills, which you take 3 a day. At $16 a bottle, you save almost $40 bucks a month over the Life Extension Mix. 
I know this one says it’s for men, but they make a women’s version with slight variations.
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I finally switched to my current multivitamin about two years ago. Life Extension came out with a two a day formula, and I always liked their philosophy and trust their product. A bottle has 120 pills, two a day,  a 60 day supply. A bottle cost $18.50. So under $10 a month, although I take 3 a day. If you do choose this one, then you will want to look into additional supplements that you may want to add to your daily dose.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size 2 capsules
Servings Per Container 60
Amount Per Serving
Vitamin A (as beta-carotene, acetate) 5000 IU
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, niacinamide and calcium ascorbates) 500 mg
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 2000 IU
Vitamin E (as D-alpha tocopheryl succinate, D-alpha tocopherol) 100 IU
Thiamine (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCI) 75 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) (as riboflavin, riboflavin 5’-phosphate) 50 mg
Niacin (as niacinamide, niacinamide ascorbate) 50 mg
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI, pyridoxal 5’-phosphate) 75 mg
Folate (as L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate calcium salt) 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 300 mcg
Biotin 300 mcg
Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate) 100 mg
Calcium (as D-calcium pantothenate, Ca ascorbate, dicalcium phosphate) 10 mg
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide) 100 mg
Zinc (as zinc citrate, L-OptiZinc® zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate) 30 mg
Selenium [as sodium selenite, SelenoExcell® high selenium yeast, Se-methyl L-selenocysteine] 200 mcg
Manganese (as manganese citrate, gluconate) 2 mg
Chromium [as Crominex® 3+ chromium stabilized with Capros® amla extract (fruit), PrimaVie® Shilajit] 200 mcg
Molybdenum (as molybdenum amino acid chelate) 100 mcg
Potassium (as potassium citrate) 25 mg
Alpha lipoic acid 25 mg
Boron (as boron amino acid chelate) 3 mg
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 20 mg
Inositol 50 mg
Marigold extract (flowers) [std. to 5 mg trans-lutein, 155 mcg trans-zeaxanthin] 11.12 mg
Lycopene [from Tomat-O-Red® natural tomato extract (fruit)] 1 mg
Natural mixed tocopherols (providing gamma, delta, alpha, beta) 20 mg
Apigenin 5 mg
Other ingredients: vegetable cellulose (capsule), vegetable stearate, rice flour, microcrystalline cellulose, silica, maltodextrin, chlorophyllin.
Contains soybeans.

Tomat-O-Red® is a registered trademark of Lycored LTD.
SelenoExcell ® is a registered trademark of Cypress Systems Inc.
L-OptiZinc® is a registered trademark of InterHealth Nutritionals, Inc.
Crominex® 3+, Capros® and PrimaVie® are registered trademarks of Natreon, Inc.

Dosage and Use
  • Take two (2) capsules daily in divided doses with meals, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.

These and many more are available on Amazon. I have bought directly from the manufacturers, but it’s the same price, quicker, and more convenient to just get them from Amazon. Here are the links if you want to compare yourself.

Metformin…………..

Would you believe this person is 115 years old?

If you do, then I want to talk to you about some wonderful investment opportunities that I have for you. Of course, he isn’t that old.  But what’s to say that he won’t be the norm for 115 years old in the years to come (Without becoming a Vampire).

This morning on the Today show, they had a segment about a breakthrough new drug, that may extend life, cure the disease of old age( it’s a disease), and keep you healthy for many years into old age. That drug is called Metformin.

Metformin was discovered in 1922. French physician Jean Sterne began to study it in humans in the 1950s. It was introduced as a medication in France in 1957 and the United States in 1995. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Metformin is believed to be the most widely used medication for diabetes which is taken by mouth.  

So what? Here’s what. The only proven way to extend life span right now is calorie restriction. Yup, that’s right, less food. It has been studied extensively for years, and life span is increased when an individual eats less, although you do need to get the essentials from food. Metformin reduces the amount of sugar made by the liver, limits the amount of sugar absorbed into the body from the diet, and makes insulin receptors more sensitive (helping the body respond better to its own insulin). All of these effects cause a decrease in blood sugar levels. So in short, Metformin reduces the amount of calories you absorb, thereby limiting the harm that those calories and sugar do.

On the Today show,  they are saying that Metformin may reduce heart disease, cancer, and other effects of old age. Is this new? Probably to most of you.

I was introduced to Metformin back in 2010 through the Life Extension Foundation. They talked about all the positive health benefits, little side effects, and that if everyone took it, it would greatly ease the burden of health care in the world, but would extend life span without turning into an “old person”.

Trouble was, and they recognized it, that you couldn’t get the drug without a prescription. That’s a problem because most doctors will only prescribe a restricted medicine when there is a documented medical problem. The only way you will be prescribed it is if you have diagnosed Type II Diabetes. Being the health pioneer I consider myself to be, I looked outside the system and found a source to acquire Metformin.

I have been taking 500mg, twice a day, for 6 years now. I have not been diagnosed with Diabetes. No side effects (except for the need to write a blog) that I know of. I definitely feel it’s one of two “secret sauce” medications that I take that help me to feel 30 years younger. (No, it’s not pot).  I’ll talk about the other one in the future. I believe that calorie restriction works, buts it’s a lifestyle I am not prepared to adhere to. Neither is anyone else.

About 2 years ago, I brought the subject up with my doctor. I mentioned that I was taking Metformin on a regular basis, and she asked me why, because I had no indication of Type II Diabetes. I explained the theory behind it all, which she had never heard of, and asked if she would be willing to write me a prescription for the drug. I felt I had a pretty good working relationship with her, and if there were no side effects, and all my testing came back positive, there shouldn’t be a problem. She said no, as she felt there was no reason for me to be taking it. End of that story.

Let me preface this by saying I am not recommending that anyone go out and try it if your doctor doesn’t recommend it. You have to make your own decisions. This is the disclaimer in case you want to sue me later. But what I will tell you, is what I feel it has done for me.

I don’t gain weight. No matter what I eat now, my weight doesn’t fluctuate 5 pounds.

I feel like I did when I was 30. In a lot of ways, I feel better. Seems like back then, I always thought I had some sort of serious medical condition going on (which I didn’t). I am over that. I feel great.

I can still do math.  (OK, I am throwing this in because I am the only one who can help my daughter with her calculus math problems).

I am not depressed. When you don’t feel well, don’t look well, you don’t act well, I think it has an effect on your attitude.  I look forward to every day, every year, and honestly expect to live a long time.

Finally, and this is big for me, I feel I will be there for my kids when they need me. They will suffer enough pain growing up even without the pain of losing a Dad. I am not about to let that happen.

I’m glad the Today show let the secret out. Now maybe it will easier to get a precription from a doctor. Don’t expect things to change overnight. The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) is a slow moving bureaucracy Things don’t happen because of a news story. It’s really up to you to see if this is something you should incorporate into your life. I’m not trying to sell the stuff. Research it yourself and you make the decision, not the government.