If the enemy of healthy aging had a name, it would be the f-word.
No, not THAT one… the OTHER f-word. Frailty. It’s what turns a once-healthy senior into a living caricature of an “oldster” shuffling along the sidewalk as everyone else passes by.
I’m sure you’ve seen it happen to others. They lose their speed… their strength… their energy… and more. Maybe you’ve even felt it happening to yourself. But YOU don’t have to just accept the downward slide into frailty.
- STAY strong
- MOVE swiftly
- KEEP your energy
- MAINTAIN muscle
And you can do it well into your 70s, 80s, and beyond. A new study confirms that a simple, inexpensive natural therapy could help ensure you never turn frail and weak.
Super nutrient fights frailty
Nothing… and I mean NOTHING… can slowly sap the joy from your life quite like frailty. It’s one of the leading causes of quality-of-life issues in seniors.
Worst of all, it often sets folks down a path toward a loss of independence and early death.
There are FIVE key markers of frailty:
- weight loss (for no apparent reason)
- weaker grip
- poor physical activity
- slow walking speed
You don’t need all five to have the condition. Just racking up three or more will give you the dreaded “f word” diagnosis. And let’s face it: Even only one or two of them can put a damper on your lifestyle.
But that’s where this new study offers hope. It finds a common vitamin could help block ALL of these symptoms and more – helping to prevent frailty and preserve your quality of life.
Preserve STRENGTH and ENERGY with D
The good news? This nutrient is REALLY easy to get. The bad? Most Americans… especially seniors… aren’t getting nearly enough of it. And that could include folks who are already taking a supplement.
The nutrient is vitamin D.
The stunning animal study finds that the normal D levels recommended by guidelines – often the amounts used in studies – just won’t cut it. They could put you at risk for frailty.
Researchers tracked three sets of “senior” rodents.
- one got insufficient D
- the 2nd had the rodent equivalent of the human guidelines
- the last got WAY more
The first two sets of lab rats got significantly weaker and frailer before the researcher’s eyes. But the third was a different story.
Sure, Group 3 had a small decline, as you’d expect with age. But that slide was nothing serious. And the changes didn’t indicate frailty.
Of course, these were rodents, not people. So, we now need some human research to back up those results.
But we aren’t operating blind here. We already have some studies showing how higher D levels appear to protect muscle and preserve strength as we age. For example, one study last year suggested that D may help prevent and treat sarcopenia, the infamous “muscle-wasting” that often strikes seniors.
The scientists behind the new study say they tested the human equivalent of 4,000 IU per day. That’s well above the “guideline” levels of 800 IU per day for seniors… but well within the 2,000 IU-5,000 IU per day range often recommended by doctors who practice natural medicine.
Speak to your own doctor to find the right dose for your situation. And for even MORE ways to fight off the senior shuffle click here.
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