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7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation
Sun, 01/06/2008 – 18:26 — admin
Dr. Perricone in his book “7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation” explains
how free radicals cause inflammation that affects aging process from
our internal organs – brain, heart and lungs – to our appearance –
wrinkles, sagging skin, excessive weight. He reveals 7 secrets that
enchance our ability to delay (and prevent) undesirable effects of
Secret 1: Jump-start your cellular metabolism
Dr. Perricone names six categories of foods that help to improve and maintain cellular metabolism:
• Category 1: Protein – for cellular rejuvenation
On the “inflammatory scale” protein is neutral, but some sources pf
protein such as wild salmon provide powerful anti-inflammaory benefits
because they are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids and astaxanthin.
• Category 2: Carbohydrates – for cellular energy
Sugars need to be consumed in the form of complex carbohydrates: whole fruits, vegetables, beans and some whole grains.
• Category 3: Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids – for cellular stabilization
Essential Fatty Acids(EFAs) found in fish (wild salmon, anchovies,
sardines, sablefish, trout), nuts and avocado are anti-inflamatory.
• Category 4: Carotenoids – for cellular growth and repair
Good sources of carotenoids are bright-colored fruits and vegetables,
orange-colored seeafoods (salmon, trout, shrimps,lobsters), beans,
legumes, nuts and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
• Category 5: Flavonoids – for protecting the cell membrane
Flavonoids are found is onions, apples, berries, teas, red wine, fruits, vegetables, herbs, buckwheat, cocoa, and curry.
• Category 6: Green Foods – unsurpassed cellular rejuvenators
Green foods are young cereal grasses, such as barley, wheat, rye and oats before the grass is converted into grain. Try this:
Dr. Perricone recommends the following nutritional supplements to boost cellular rejuvenation:
• Alpha Lipoic Acid – powerful antioxidant
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is one of favorite supplements of dr. Perricone.
• Acetyl-L-Carnitine – for cellular stabilization
• Coenzyme Q10 – for cellular repair
• Niacin-Bound Chromium – for life extension
Secret 2: To control our ideal weight all we have to do is to control our blood sugar
Nutrients that will help you to control blood sugar:
• Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) – the missing link in obesity and weight gain
• Niacin-Bound Chromium
• Omega-3 Fatty Acids
• Category 6: Green Foods – stimulate weight loss
Dr. Perricone recommends this supplement to assist with weight loss:
Secret 3: Key nutrients can prevent bone loss and stimulate new bone growth
Dr. Perricone considers “supporting our support structure” a very
important anti-aging factor. By the age of 80 two thirds of women will
develop osteoporosis, but it strats much earllier: starting at about age
of 40, people typically loose about a half an inch in height each
decade. Women are much more likely to suffer from osteoporosis that men
because they have less bone mass and consume less calcium that men do.
Dr. Perricone recommends slowing down bone mass loss process with diet,
exercise and nutritional supplements.
Food choices that impact bone health:
• Yogurt and Kefir – rich sources of calcium
Yogurt, kefir and other fermented milk products contain substances that rejuvenate bones on a cellular level.
• Sea Vegetables – for cellular stabilization
Sea Vegetables are rich in minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron,
potasium, iodine, chromium in levels much greater that those found in
land vegetables. Sea vegetables also protect from cardiovascular
desease, protect from migraines and headaches, lower blood pressure,
lower stress level.
• Canned Salmon and Sardines – good source of dietary calcium
Wild Alaska salmon is probably the favorite food of dr. Perricone.
Canned variety offers an additional benefit: calcium. Wild Alaska
sockeye salmon has 221 miligrams of calcium per 100 grams, i.e. each
3.75-ounce can of bone-in sockey has 232 mg (23% RDA) of cacium.
Supplements for Rebuilding Bone
• Vitamin D – help maintaining strong bones
• Vitamin K – good for bones and heart
• Category 3: Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids – build better bones
• Magnesium – 50% of total body magnesium is found in bones
Good dietary sources: sea vegetables, peanuts, green leafy vegetables, garlic, califlower, cabbage.
Secret 4: To make the face look younger, start by rejuvenating the underlying tissue
As one of the most famous dermatologists in the world, Dr. Perricone
pays special attention to the “skin we’re in”. “Perhaps the most
discouraging aspect of aging is aging skin, because the skin is our
largest and most visible organ. But it isn’t just aging skin that should
concern us it’s also aging of the underlying tissue.” Dr. Perricone
explains that to maintain a youthful face we should not only try to
prevent wrinkles but also maintain underlying fat and musscle tissue.
The most important changes we can make in the way we eat:
• Follow an anti-inflamatory diet
• Avoid sugar and starchy foods
Attention Weight Watchers fans: many WW-friendly foods are high in process sugars!
• Eat the right fats to burn fat
Even “right” fats such as those found in cold water fish could be
“Weight Watchers – expensive”: 1 oz of wild salmon or 1 teaspoon of
olive oil are about 1 WW point. We need to make sure that we save some
points for good fats.
• Stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels
• Eat your protein first at the start of every meal or snack
Protein as well as good fats could be “Weight Watchers – expensive”. Make sure some of your points are used for proteins.
Topical Cellular Rejuvenators
• Alpha Lipoic Acid – repairs damages cells, revs up cellular energy, reverses glycation
I really like the following dr. Perricone’s products based on Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA):
• Vitamin C Ester – regenerates connective tissues
• DMAE – antioxidant cell stabilizer
Secret 5: A robust sex life enhances cellular health
Read pages 113-132 of the book “7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation”
Secret 6: The right form of exercise will restore balance, unity and harmony between mind and body
We all agree with dr. Perricone that “…we don’t want just live
longer; we want to extend number of our healthy years. We want to stay
fit and active with the capacity to enjoy life to its fullest.” Dr. Perricone explains that exercise is a crucial component to extend and improve both life span and health span.
To assist with regenerating the body on a cellular level, dr. Perricone
recommends to practice yoga, tai chi or chi kung, which yeld great
physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits. Dr. Perricone also
warns that overdoing Western forms of exercise can have an opposite
effect on aging process. “Too much exertion increases oxygen
demand beyond the optimum level resulting in the production of
inflammatory free radicals that accelerate cellular degeneration and
thus the aging process.”
This recommendation is in synch with Weight Watchers recommendation to
not exceed weekly exercise beyond 28 points or 4 points per day, which
is about 30 minutes of high intensity exercise for 150 pounds woman.
Another Weight Watchers suggestion – to include weight or resistance
training into the exercise regimen – is also supported by dr. Perricone.
He explains that weight training is especially effective in helping to
eliminate central obesity. Out of two types of fat: subcutaneous (under
the skin) and visceral (which surround our vital organs), visceral fat
is much more dangerous. It is metabolized by liver, which turns it into
blood cholesterol. This toxic fat produces inflammatory chemicals
increasing the risk for heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Dr.
Perricone suggests the National Institute of Aging website as a good
resource for different forms of exercise www.niapublications.com.
Dr. Perricone also recommends another type of exercise “to turn back
time” – T-Tapp. The creator of T-Tapp – Teresa Tapp designed a series of
exercise especially for dr. Perricone’s book. You can also find them in
the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes and on the website www.t-tapp.com
Secret 7: Controlling mental and physical stress is the key to a long, healthy and happy life
As we age, all of our hormone levels decline except for our levels of
stress hormones, insulin and cortisol, which increase as we get older. “Both
of these hormones are necessary for good health, but when their levels
are elevated, they cause serious damage, including diseases such as
diabetes and obesity.” – explains dr. Perricone. Stress hormones
are important—they can give us the extra burst of energy needed to get
out of the way of an oncoming automobile or other impending deadly
threat. However, in today’s world, these stress hormones are called into
play too often. Today, our stressors are more often psychological than
physical, but the production of stress hormones remains the same. They
are not dissipated through fighting or fleeing; instead, they continue
to circulate through the body, wreaking havoc on our cells. Dr.
Perricone explains the exact mechanism of how stress accelerates the
rate at which cells age and what you can do to slow down or even reverse
• Vitamin C Ester – helps modulate high levels of cortisol brought about by stress.
Recommended dosage 1,000 to 3,000 milligrams per day
• Phosphatidylserine – can cut elevated cortisol levels induced by mental and physical stress.
Recommended dosage 300 to 800 milligrams per day
• Omega-3 Fatty Acids – helps with psycological stress and lowers cortisol levels
Recommended dosage 1 to 4 grams per day
• Rhodiola rosea – fights fatigue and stress.
Rhodiola rosea is also knows as golden root or Arctic root. It has a lot
of remarkable qualities including effectiveness in combating physically
and physiologically stressful conditions. It has an ability to
significantly reduce stress in a single dose.
Recommended dosage 250 milligrams per day
• Ginseng – provides protection against physical and physiological stress
• Ginkgo biloba – modulates cortisol and blood pressure