If there’s a crueler mistress than Mother Nature, I sure haven’t met her yet. She gives you a full head of thick hair, rock-solid muscles, strong teeth and a sharp mind.
Then, one a time, she plucks them from you the way the neighborhood bully plucks the wings off a butterfly.
Well, my friend, if you’ve had it up to here with her cruel pranks, I’ve got just what you need to fight back – because I’ve got a few weapons that’ll reverse one of the most humbling and downright humiliating signs of aging…
Your loss of muscle!
You don’t need me to tell you what she’s done to you there. You can feel the damage – heck you can even SEE it.
Where you once had strong arms like Popeye after downing a can of spinach, you look more like Olive Oyl now. And let’s be honest here: there are days when you probably feel like her, too.
After middle age, your muscle melts off like butter in a skillet. You lose about 1 percent a year starting from around the age of 50, and as you get older it starts to burn off even faster.
As you lose muscle, you lose STRENGTH, and that’s why you feel so darned weak.
Every senior battles muscle loss, and too many battle outright muscle wasting, a condition called sarcopenia, which is a major risk factor for the types of injuries (especially from falls) that can rob you of your independence or even your life.
But you don’t have to settle for turning weak and feeble as you turn the pages of the calendar. I’ve got a few tools that’ll help you to GROW muscle, BUILD strength and FEEL like your old self again – and you don’t have to spill a drop of sweat to get it done. I call them my…
TOP FIVE ALL-NATURAL MUSCLE BOOSTERS
Protein in general is an excellent source of muscle-boosting nutrients, but only if you get the right kinds of protein and the right amounts.
One study earlier this year found that government-recommended levels of protein actually cause muscle LOSS in seniors – and that if you want to protect your strength, the study shows you need to double what those D.C. dimwits recommend in the guidelines.
No wonder so many seniors are getting weaker by the day!
Just don’t get your protein from a “protein shake” or “protein bar” because most of those are made from soy, which is proven to take the air out of your muscles. Instead, start with proteins from…
1) Dairy: The proteins found in a glass of fresh milk are among the best on the planet, and research published last year revealed that natural dairy proteins activate what’s known as the mammalian target of rapamycin, or mTOR.
In plain talk, that’s what lets your muscles suck up all the protein and increase the concentration of the amino acids needed to grow and recover.
The same study found that soy protein and mTOR aren’t even on speaking terms, because eating or drinking soy will give you none of those muscle-boosting effects.
2) Eggs: If anything’s as essential to muscle as animal protein, it’s?cholesterol.
Yes, you read that right. The same cholesterol that’s been demonized is critical to building and maintaining muscle, and when your levels drop you become as delicate as an eggshell.
One study in 2008 found a direct link between cholesterol and strength in seniors. Those who had the most were strongest, those who had the least were weakest – and the feeblest of all were the poor souls hoodwinked into taking cholesterol meds.
While most animal fats are a great source of muscle-building cholesterol, the egg is somewhat unique in that it’s a perfectly balanced blend of protein, fat and cholesterol – and once it’s hard-boiled, it comes in a convenient and portable container, too.
3) Fish Oil: Your muscles need protein and cholesterol. But they also need FAT – especially the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil.
One study just out this past spring finds that six months of fish oil supplementation can increase muscle volume, as measured in the thigh, by 3.6 percent when compared to a placebo. More muscle means more power, so the seniors given fish oil also had a 4 percent improvement in both lower and upper-body strength.
Think that’s good? That’s nothing! This study used an overpriced and synthetic form of fish oil from Big Pharma. The REAL stuff works even better – which is why a 2012 study of older women found that omega-3 supplements can boost strength by 20 percent.
4) Creatine: This is one of the most critical ingredients to healthy muscle. Creatine provides your muscles with energy and enhances their ability to repair themselves.
As you get older, your creatine levels plunge. Even if you eat foods rich in creatine, such as meat, odds are you won’t get enough and will need a supplement – but there’s a catch.
Ask for this stuff in any vitamin shop, and the clerk will almost certainly point you over to the giant tubs of creatine-based supplements used by neckless gym mutants.
That’s NOT what you want. In addition to being packed with soy proteins, sugars and a whole bunch of other garbage you don’t want or need, those body-preening supplements will contain far too much creatine for an age-fighting senior.
Look instead for a soy-free creatine supplement designed with older folks in mind.
5) Amino Acids: Most seniors don’t get nearly enough of the amino acids needed for muscle protection, which is why a supplement becomes essential as you get older.
When you get what you need, you can start to feel better in a flash – because studies show that amino acids can help restore muscle in the seniors who need it most: those with sarcopenia.
Studies show amino acids can restore lean mass in as little as three months, so get started today and you won’t need to call for help when it’s time to lift the bird out of the oven on Thanksgiving.
Finally, don’t forget to have your hormone levels checked. Men and women alike need testosterone for muscle strength. Women of course need less, but the hormone is often in short supply for both sexes on the other side of 60.
An integrative (“alternative”) medicine doctor can test your levels, help replace what you’ve lost naturally and monitor your progress to ensure you don’t get too much. To find an experienced doctor near you, visit the American College for Advancement in Medicine website at www.acam.org and use their physician locater service.