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Seniors, Strength Training and Protein Intake

Seniors-StrengthTrainingJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Commonly associated with advancing age, sarcopenia (reduced muscle mass) contributes to a decline in skeletal muscle strength, often resulting in diminished functional capacity, a limited ability to perform daily activities and possible loss of independence. With a bit of hard work, perseverance and patience, senior adults can partially reverse age-related losses in muscle strength, which can help combat weakness and frailty and help to maintain self-reliance. Since 1988, numerous published scientific studies have shown that progressive resistance exercises can result in significant improvements in skeletal muscle function in older persons, as well as improvements in functional capacity such as walking speed and stair-climbing power.

Resistance exercises performed two to three times weekly with a rest day in between allows for muscle growth and recovery. Rest and recovery days help to avoid injury and allow the body to heal the tears in muscle fiber, a vital part of the body’s natural muscle building response. While strength training can vary in frequency, intensity and duration, current research shows that performing resistance exercises builds muscle mass and strength, improves balance, sleep and mood, and helps maintain healthy weight, bone density and vitality in the senior years. Strength workouts should include the major muscles of the body, including the chest, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, legs and core.

Sufficient protein intake is necessary to build, maintain and repair muscle, as well as prevent muscle wasting. While exercise can have a profound effect on muscle growth, there must be a positive muscle protein balance, as muscle growth can only occur if muscle protein synthesis exceeds breakdown. Resistance exercise improves muscle protein balance, but in the absence of sufficient protein intake, the balance remains negative. Essential amino acids, found in animal and plant proteins, are key nutrients for muscle health and maintenance. As amino acid availability is an important regulator of muscle protein metabolism, consuming protein before and after a workout may lead to a better outcome for muscle growth and development, as well as improved metabolic health.

Data analysis shows that many older adults, particularly women, do not get enough dietary protein. Seniors who participate in weight training to become physically stronger should consider increasing, but not overdoing, their daily protein intake. While professionals disagree on the optimal amount of protein needed to maintain muscle with aging, for the purpose of maximizing muscular strength and mass with resistance training, researchers concur that most people require additional protein. A review of databases of published research regarding weight training and protein studies found that active seniors were better able to rebuild and maintain muscle by adequately addressing increased protein requirements.

This relates to a 25 to 50 percent increase over the recommended daily amount (RDA) of 46 grams of protein for sedentary women and 56 grams for sedentary men. The general recommendation is to spread protein consumption evenly throughout the day, taking in 25 to 30 grams of protein per meal and 12 to 15 grams per snack. Research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that studied the use of protein supplementation found that whey protein was the most effective type of protein for seniors struggling to build muscle due to inactivity or illness. Whey protein is considered a high-quality or complete protein meaning that it contains all the essential amino acids necessary for post-workout recovery. Supplementing with amino acids, particularly on recovery days, has been shown to diminish muscle damage, as well as delayed onset muscle soreness, pain or stiffness associated with resistance training.

 It should be noted that those with kidney disease should not increase their protein intake without consulting their healthcare practitioner.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality protein supplements in support of healthy nutrition:

Absolute Protein...Absolute Protein™ Vanilla by NuMedica®: This quick soluble, high quality protein powder provides a perfect balance of concentrated, fast absorbing whey proteins with hydrolyzed protein peptides, and slow absorbing whey concentrates and isolates for an effective supply of muscle building nutrients. This supplement provides vitamins, minerals, branched-chain amino acids and L-glutamine for a lean and optimal way to supplement with high quality protein.  Provides 17 grams of protein per serving. Naturally flavored. Free of wheat, corn, yeast, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and artificial colors and preservatives. Chocolate flavor also available.

Ultra Protein Plus...Ultra Protein Plus Natural Vanilla Bean Flavor by Douglas Laboratories®: This fortified powdered formula provides a full complement of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and 16 grams of plant- based protein per serving in support of metabolic and physiologic functions. Natural vanilla bean flavor. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO formulation. Natural Chocolate formula also available.

D-RiboseD-Ribose by Designs for Health®: This simple sugar molecule is an essential component of cellular energy metabolism. Produced naturally by the body, D-ribose is necessary for the heart, muscles and other tissues to make ATP, the primary source of cellular energy used to maintain normal health and function, particularly after strenuous activity or exercise. D-ribose may improve athletic performance and the ability to exercise by boosting muscle energy, without raising blood glucose levels. Gluten free. Non-GMO. No additional ingredients.

Protein CompleteProtein Complete by Professional Complementary Health Formulas: This low-fat, cholesterol-free formula provides high quality soy and pea proteins fortified with a balanced supply of essential vitamins, minerals, synergistic herbs, enzymes and probiotics to aid in general digestion, promote intestinal health, improve nutrient utilization and increase the intake of protein and other nutrients.

Key Found to Muscle Loss After Age 65. https://www.livescience.com/5704-key-muscle-loss-age-65.html
Seniors Can Still Bulk Up On Muscle by Pressing Iron. https://www.npr.org/2011/02/21/133776800/seniors-can-still-bulk-up-on-muscle-by-pressing-iron
The benefits of strength training for older adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14552938
Ideal protein to help seniors rebuild lost muscle.  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181009135938.htm
Strength Training Benefits and Guidelines for Seniors. https://www.verywellfit.com/strength-training-benefits-and-guidelines-for-seniors-1230954
The benefits of strength training for older adults. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0749379703001776
The benefits of strength training in the elderly. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/223648086_The_benefits_of_strength_training_in_the_elderly

What Is Cellular Health?

CellularHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



One might wonder how many cells make up the human body. While the question appears simple, the answer most certainly is not. Cells are not uniform in size or in density. Red blood cells, for example, are tightly packed, while skin cells are much less dense. Dependent upon whether cell numbers are estimated by weight or by volume, the answers are entirely different.  Scientists have determined, however, that the body comprises approximately 37.2 trillion cells, each with a particular function, including 2 billion heart muscle cells, 50 billion fat cells and the 240 billion cells that comprise a healthy liver. While cells are individual in structure, they work synergistically to support and maintain all vital bodily processes. Whether one has good health or poor health is determined at the cellular level.

Put this into perspective and one may realize the importance of good nutrition, as without adequate nutrients normal cellular functions become impaired and eventually health suffers. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, trace elements and other nutrients are necessary to support the thousands of biochemical reactions taking place in every cell that drive all human bodily functions. Every process–from the beating of the heart, to breathing, to walking, to brain function, to immune response–is supported by energy produced in the cells’ mitochondria. This chemical energy, known as adenosine triphosphate or ATP, is essentially the energy currency that we spend to support life.

As we age, our cells age along with us. All cells eventually reach the end of their lifespan, and lose their ability to function normally or cease to function altogether. While many of us may be concerned about outward signs of aging, the health of our aging cells, is also impacted and directly influenced by many factors, including nutrition, genetics, oxidative stress, illness, physical activity, environmental factors and personal lifestyle choices. Cellular aging eventually results in a slow decline in cellular energy production, resulting in a cellular energy deficit that leaves us vulnerable to degenerative age-related chronic diseases. According to the well-respected Linus Pauling Institute, “Age-related declines in mitochondrial function combined with increases in oxidant production are believed to be important contributors to the adverse effects of aging.”

Over time, nutrient deficiencies cause long-term DNA damage to the cells, and that damage is believed to be a cause of chronic illnesses and cancers. The human body, in its amazing ability to survive, addresses short term nutritional deficiencies by taking what it needs from other parts of the body. Vitamin D, for instance, is necessary for normal calcium metabolism. When one is vitamin D deficient, calcium is not properly absorbed. Consequently, the body takes calcium from bones, leaving one more susceptible to developing osteoporosis. Statistics show a very small percentage of us get even the minimum amount of recommended daily nutrients, let alone the proper amounts the human body requires to support cellular energy production and optimal wellness.

Scientific evidence has shown that addressing cellular energy production with adequate nutrition may help to prevent or reverse infirmities associated with the aging process. Research shows that increased cellular energy production helps the body to function at optimal levels. The heart has a high concentration of mitochondria within with heart cells to produce the   tremendous amount of energy required to meet the heart’s huge energy demands. While the heart is susceptible to free-radical oxidative stress and premature aging, it is also responsive to targeted nutritional support. Nutrients such as CoQ10, L-carnitine and D-ribose help to maximize the amount of oxygen the heart can extract from the blood, supporting conversion of nutrients into energy.

Cellular nutrition is actually good preventive medicine. Providing optimal levels of antioxidants and supporting vitamins and minerals can help to protect your health by reducing oxidative stress and addressing the root cause of chronic degenerative disease. Nutrients that help to support cellular health and optimize cellular energy production include:

CoQ10 – Necessary for the conversion of energy from carbohydrates and fats into ATP energy used by the cells, CoQ10 plays an important role in mitochondrial energy production and functions as an antioxidant in mitochondrial membranes.

D-Ribose – This simple 5-sided sugar supports ATP production in the cardiac and skeletal muscle and aids the heart’s muscle contraction. Documented research supports the benefits of D-ribose for enhanced physical strength, greater endurance and less free radical stress during strenuous exercise.

Acetyl L-Carnitine – Especially helpful for the skeletal and the cardiac muscles which use fatty acids for fuel, this amino acid aids cellular energy production by transporting long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondrial matrix where oxidation occurs.

Antioxidants – Antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E, glutathione and alpha lipoic acid work within the plasma, the cell membrane and within the cell to help reduce free radial damage resulting from oxidative stress and energy production.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other fine quality supplements to support cellular health and energy production:

D-RiboseD-Ribose by Designs for Health – Used by all living cells as an essential compound in cellular energy production, D-Ribose is necessary for ATP synthesis that supports normal health and function. One daily serving provides 5 g of D-Ribose for adequate energy enhancement. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


Bio-D-Mulsion Forte
Bio-D-Mulsion Forte by Biotics Research – One drop provides 2,000 IU of vitamin D, as cholecalciferol, in a concentrated micro-emulsion formula for enhanced utilization and absorption. Gluten free.



Endogenous Antioxidants & CofactorsEndogenous Antioxidants & Cofactors by Pharmax – Formulated for good health maintenance, this broad spectrum product helps to boost levels of the whole range of cellular antioxidants, including glutathione, ALA, Vitamins C and E, and CoQ10. Vegetarian formula.


Acetyl L-Carnitine 500 mg (82730-)Acetyl L-Carnitine by Douglas Labs – One serving provides 500 mg of naturally occurring L-carnitine, shown to maintain cellular membrane stability, aid restoration of age-related membranal changes and provide antioxidant protection. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.



Ubiquinol CoQ10Ubiquinol CoQ10 by Bioclinic Naturals – This highly absorbable and bioavailable form of CoQ10 performs well established roles as a free radical scavenger in mitochondrial and lipid membranes and as an electron carrier essential to cellular respiration and ATP production. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


How Many Cells Are In Your Body? http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/23/how-many-cells-are-in-your-body/
Aging and Cell Division. http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/aging-and-cell-division-14230076
What do mitochondria do? http://www.newcastle-mitochondria.com/mitochondria/what-do-mitochondria-do/
Metabolic Energy. https://www.rejuvenation-science.com/metabolic-energy.html
L-Carnitine. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/L-carnitine