The aged and the elderly are regarded differently across cultures. In contemporary Western culture, old age is often a haunting specter, a fear of the future. It’s not so much the years themselves that people fear, but rather the idea that someday they will no longer be able to enjoy life. They will no longer be attractive, have energy, or strength, or that their mind will fail, that their senses will dull, that their life will be a chronic aching continuance rather than an enjoyable experience.

 



There are many examples of men and women who have lived to extraordinary ages and maintained their ability to lead an active lifestyle. Perhaps the most inspiring example is Jack Lalane, who lived into his 90s and was still able to perform feats of strength and endurance that could rival most 20 year-olds. It wasn’t just ‘good genes’ or luck, or money, that bestowed vitality, it was all lifestyle, plain and simple.



While the body is infinitely complex, and the factors that lead to age related deterioration are broad, there is one simple principle that if followed can dramatically reduce the impact of age on the body. One can view age as the loss of energy and movement. The ability of the body to produce energy and move is centered predominantly on the quality and quantity of muscle tissue.



Maintaining muscle mass into old age is a strong predictor of longevity. You don’t have to be Mr. Universe, but having too much is better than having too little when it comes to aging because most people in their old age have problems maintaining their muscle and have insufficient muscle mass which hinders their ability to move and function. Muscles are also large calorie consumers and more muscle mass is associated with a more active metabolism as well.



Before getting into some of the special supplementation and more dynamic strategies to tackle this issue, it cannot be overstated how important exercise is in the maintenance of muscle mass. All the pills, powders, and diets in the world cannot improve your muscle quality unless you actually put your muscles to real use. Without exercise, all other therapeutic and remedial actions are nearly useless.



That being said, for people who are getting up in age, recovering from exercise is a slower process, and intestinal nutrient absorption efficiency is often reduced and so building and maintaining muscle is not as easy as it would be for someone younger. In these instances, supplementation and additional support is needed to make exercise more effective. Among the most effective nutrients in preventing muscle deterioration and improving exercise recovery are branched chain amino acids, often called BCAAs. These amino acids, which are used by the body to form proteins, the primary constituent of muscle tissue, help prevent the body from breaking down existing muscle tissue during periods of reduced activity and improve the efficiency of muscle recovery after routine exercise. BCAAs won’t take the place of consuming fresh protein which the body needs to actually repair and build new muscle tissue, but they will help prevent muscle wasting and inhibit the body from cannibalizing muscle tissue.



Another important aspect in preventing fatigue, poor energy metabolism, as well as oxidative stress that can lead to permanent damage and cellular deterioration is to bolster and support intracellular mitochondrial function. That mouthful of syllables means to support that primary energy systems of the cells, the mitochondria. These structures inside the cell are responsible for producing ATP, the primary fuel source for most cellular functions in the body. Oxidative stress, toxins, and other factors can either damage or deteriorate the functional efficiency of cellular mitochondria which in turn leads to less available ATP for cellular function which subsequently leads to decreased cellular performance, which is a hallmark of aging.



Nutrikon has three formulas that make integrating these nutrients into your diet and exercise routines. The first is our new BodyKlar: Fortitude, a meal replacement powder that contains BCAAs and other nutrients designed to promote muscle development and recovery as well as prevent age-related muscle deterioration.



The other two formulas are Mitochondrial Revival and Mitochondrial Support.



Metabolism is the process by which your body’s cells produce energy. Most of this energy is produced in mitochondria. These cellular “powerhouses” oxidize or “burn” calories, principally from glucose (blood sugar) and fat. Metabolically active cells, such as those of the brain, heart, and muscle, may contain 100s to 1,000s of mitochondria. The more mitochondria inside your cells, the more calories your body can burn. Thus, healthy mitochondria give your metabolism a calorie-burning, energy-generating edge.



The process by which new mitochondria are produced inside your body’s cells is known as mitochondrial biogenesis. In light of the many metabolic and protective roles played by mitochondria, it’s no surprise that mitochondrial biogenesis is critical to delaying the effects of aging and age-associated declines in metabolism (e.g., increased body fat and decreased lean muscle tissue).



Mitochondrial biogenesis is a complicated process involving more than 1,000 genes. Caloric restriction and aerobic exercise promote mitochondrial biogenesis, however, caloric restriction and consistent aerobic exercise regimens are difficult to maintain. Mitochondrial Revival contains ingredients that help restore your metabolic edge by activating the critical molecular “switches” that control mitochondrial biogenesis—the very same switches activated by caloric restriction and aerobic exercise.



Mitochondrial Support, on the other hand, contains a specially formulated blend of anti-oxidants and other nutrients that stimulate the body’s internal mechanisms that scavenge free radicals and help remove harmful toxins that can damage mitochondria including vitamins C and E, CoQ10, and N-Acetyl Cysteine.



Utilizing these formulas, in combination with proper exercise and a clean nutrient-rich diet, many of the physiological factors of aging can addressed and youthful energy and ability can be maintained.