Nutrition must always be considered from an individual’s requirements, including age, heredity, inborn metabolic errors, occupation, urban exposure, diet and digestive capability taught by the Chinese 5,000 years ago as a primary importance.
It was the Chinese who also stressed the importance of the energy flows in the organisms of all living cellular forms and the balance between the opposing forms, called by them, Yin-Yang; today, this is called Acid-Alkaline.
In the prevention of premature aging and senility, the role of vitamin A is that of protecting the structure of cells when three to four times the declared daily requirements is fed throughout life in rat studies. Curiously, birds need five to ten times as much vitamin A as animals.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant which acts as a scavenger of the deadly free radicals. But according to Dr. Roslyn Alfin-Slater of the UCLA School of Public Health, there is no solid evidence that mega-doses of vitamin E will extended human life, although it has extended the life span of laboratory rats, and Dr. Alfin-Slater herself takes the vitamin daily since learning that the UCLA rats not lived longer, but also were less susceptible to the toxic effects of air pollution.
An extensive evaluation of research related to aging and nutrition, by Dr. Alfin-Slater and associates, shows that vitamin E may be tied up to the biochemical and nutritional riddle.
A study by Russian researcher, Y. Ramantsev, proves that vitamin C combined with vitamin P (bioflavonoids) helps reduce hemorrhages and increases the survival rate of animals after irradiation.
Vitamin E vs. Diabetes. Vitamin E may help control diabetes, claims Dr. Marvin Bierenbaum, research director in Montclair, New Jersey.
He found that 2,000 International Units (I.U.) of vitamin E taken daily for six weeks lowered blood levels enough to lower blood pressure and prevent blood clotting, two dangerous side effects of diabetes. Furthermore, vitamin E is effective in reducing diabetes-related cataracts.
Chuckles: Age does not depend on years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old – and some never grow old.