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Re: Supplements as we age Randal

Posted by IsoM on August 24, 2002, at 1:24:46

In reply to Truth in advertising IsoM, posted by Randal on August 23, 2002, at 20:55:31

I certainly take my share of supplements, but I have a small appetite now. My food intake isn't great enough to provide all the nutrients I need. When I was young, I ate like a lumberjack, the envy of my friends. I could shovel the food in & would often go back for seconds & sometimes thirds. Yet I stayed rail thin at 5'6" & 115 lb. (No, not hyperthyroidic either.)

My metabolism is still great for my age but I only eat twice a day now, plus a bit of nibbling here & there through the day. I'm a firm believer of keeping mineral & vitamin intake fairly high as we age since assimilation tends to suffer as with age. I have no wish to develop osteoporosis or any other problems associated with age-related deficiencies.

I must do something right as I simply don't get ill. My immune system is iron-clad, no allergies whatsoever either. Any problems I have are all related to neurological problems that have been there throughout my life. So you better be careful about what sort of supplements you're going to trash. ^_^

Just an extra - what area in biochemistry is your expertise in? Probably as a professor, you might teach outside your forte too, but I'm curious nonetheless. There's just so much to know now (& to continue learning) in biochemistry compared to when I was young. I still love organic chemistry coupled with biology. It's fascinating.

I so wish I could start over again from youth, but I'd still be faced with the same impossible decision - what to end up specializing in. It's all equally interesting to me, the choice is incredibly difficult to make.

P.S. I managed a health food store for a while years ago, but gave people the straight goods on what was real & what wasn't. I'm not sure the owner would've appreciated it all. I still have fun arguing with some brash young uninformed salepersons trying to flog dubious products on customers. (Take note of the word 'flog'. Sound info, I have no problems with.)


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