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Mental health, or mental wellness, is essential to your overall health and quality of life. It affects how we think, feel, act, make choices, and relate to others. Managing social isolation, loneliness, stress, depression, and mood through medical and self-care is key to healthy aging.




Nutrition And Fitness Mental Health, Aging, And...



This study investigates whether a citrus and pomegranate complex (CPC) improves physical fitness, mental well-being, and blood biomarkers for oxidative stress and endothelial function in healthy elderly.


Next to physical activity, nutritional status is an important lifestyle-related factor that has a substantial impact on healthy ageing (8). For example, diets high in fruits, vegetables, and fish are associated with longevity (9). Dietary supplementation with polyphenols has been suggested as a promising approach to prevent the negative consequences of ageing and to sustain a healthy lifestyle, before the onset of age-related comorbidities (10, 11). Moreover, four weeks of a high polyphenol diet resulted in improved physical- as well as mental health in hypertensive middle-aged adults (12). Hesperidin and punicalagins are polyphenols that are mainly found in citrus fruits and pomegranates, recognized for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects among others (13, 14). In previous randomized controlled trials, polyphenol supplementation has shown to decrease malondialdehyde (MDA) concentrations (15, 16), and to increase trolox equivalent antioxidative capacity (TEAC) (17), as well as nitrate levels, a marker for endothelial function (18). Moreover, beneficial effects of supplementation with these polyphenols on exercise performance have been observed in healthy adults and athletes (19, 20). However, to our knowledge, intervention studies using a combination of a citrus and pomegranate complex (CPC) in untrained older individuals have not been performed before. Therefore, the primary objective of this study was to investigate whether four weeks of supplementation with CPC improves physical fitness in healthy elderly, with secondary objectives to assess the effects of CPC on mental well-being and on systemic parameters of oxidative stress and endothelial function.


In this study, the effects of CPC on physical fitness and mental wellbeing were evaluated in older adults. After four weeks of supplementation with CPC, handgrip strength significantly improved, as compared to placebo, which deteriorated. Moreover, self-evaluated psychological function showed a trend for improvement after CPC supplementation. This was supported by a significantly higher score for the CPC group in the thinking, memory, learning, and concentration facet, as compared to the placebo group. Lastly, a significant decrease in MDA was observed after CPC supplementation. No significant differences for the senior fitness test, the other QOL domains and blood parameters were observed between intervention and placebo.


In contrast, we did not observe significant improvements on the senior fitness test battery in the present study. Several studies have reported significant improvements in the 6MWT and the up and go test in (pre)frail and sarcopenic older adults and patients with peripheral artery disease (38, 41). The difference in health status of the participants (i.e. healthy older adults vs. (pre)frail older adults) could explain the contrasting results. Moreover, in an individualized nutritional intervention in (pre)frail older adults, 10m gait speed was significantly improved after a six month intervention of individualized nutrition, but not after only one month (42). Therefore, the senior fitness test might not be sensitive enough to observe changes in a four week dietary intervention study.


At the same time, relative responses vary in other categories. For example, consumers in Japan prioritize appearance while those in Germany emphasize fitness; respondents in Brazil and the United States are most interested in mindfulness, those in China and the United Kingdom in nutrition (Exhibit 2).


In overall spending, consumers expect to increase their purchases of both wellness products and services over the next year. We expect a greater shift toward services, especially those (such as personal training, nutritionists, and counseling) that emphasize physical and mental health (Exhibit 3).


The human ageing process is universal, ubiquitous and inevitable. Every physiological function is being continuously diminished. There is a range between two distinct phenotypes of ageing, shaped by patterns of living - experiences and behaviours, and in particular by the presence or absence of physical activity (PA) and structured exercise (i.e., a sedentary lifestyle). Ageing and a sedentary lifestyle are associated with declines in muscle function and cardiorespiratory fitness, resulting in an impaired capacity to perform daily activities and maintain independent functioning. However, in the presence of adequate exercise/PA these changes in muscular and aerobic capacity with age are substantially attenuated. Additionally, both structured exercise and overall PA play important roles as preventive strategies for many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, and obesity; improvement of mobility, mental health, and quality of life; and reduction in mortality, among other benefits. Notably, exercise intervention programmes improve the hallmarks of frailty (low body mass, strength, mobility, PA level, energy) and cognition, thus optimising functional capacity during ageing. In these pathological conditions exercise is used as a therapeutic agent and follows the precepts of identifying the cause of a disease and then using an agent in an evidence-based dose to eliminate or moderate the disease. Prescription of PA/structured exercise should therefore be based on the intended outcome (e.g., primary prevention, improvement in fitness or functional status or disease treatment), and individualised, adjusted and controlled like any other medical treatment. In addition, in line with other therapeutic agents, exercise shows a dose-response effect and can be individualised using different modalities, volumes and/or intensities as appropriate to the health state or medical condition. Importantly, exercise therapy is often directed at several physiological systems simultaneously, rather than targeted to a single outcome as is generally the case with pharmacological approaches to disease management. There are diseases for which exercise is an alternative to pharmacological treatment (such as depression), thus contributing to the goal of deprescribing of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMS). There are other conditions where no effective drug therapy is currently available (such as sarcopenia or dementia), where it may serve a primary role in prevention and treatment. Therefore, this consensus statement provides an evidence-based rationale for using exercise and PA for health promotion and disease prevention and treatment in older adults. Exercise prescription is discussed in terms of the specific modalities and doses that have been studied in randomised controlled trials for their effectiveness in attenuating physiological changes of ageing, disease prevention, and/or improvement of older adults with chronic disease and disability. Recommendations are proposed to bridge gaps in the current literature and to optimise the use of exercise/PA both as a preventative medicine and as a therapeutic agent.


MaryAnn De Pietro has written extensively about all things medical, as well as health, fitness, and pregnancy for various websites, magazines, and newspapers. MaryAnn has a B.S. in rehabilitation from Penn State University and a degree in respiratory therapy. She is a former EMT and certified personal trainer. In addition to writing, she works as a respiratory therapist at a trauma center in California.


Dementia is not part of aging. Dementia can be caused by disease, reactions to medications, vision and hearing problems, infections, nutritional imbalances, diabetes, and renal failure. There are many forms of dementia (including Alzheimer's Disease) and some can be temporary. With accurate diagnosis comes management and help. The most common late-in-life mental health condition is depression. If left untreated, depression in the elderly can lead to suicide. Here's a surprising fact: The rate of suicide is higher for elderly white men than for any other age group, including adolescents.


Our fitness, health, and wellness programs cover a variety of topics listed below. Please click on any link below to see detailed information about that category's classes or events.For classes requiring registration, online registration is available in each category of classes page by clicking on the appropriate "New User" or "Returning User" link.If you have questions or need assistance, please call (702) 616-4900


The Advisory Council includes representatives from health and wellness organizations, youth sports programs, education, the entertainment and fitness industry, and other experts on physical and mental health:


Many of us find purpose in the day-to-day. We go to work, we care for our families, we learn new things, and we spend time with friends. But as we age, we often have less and less of these responsibilities. As a result, we often feel somewhat adrift. If our mental fitness practices were motivated by our outer work, we often let them slide.


Solgar is the result of 75 years of commitment to quality, health, and well-being. Our mission throughout the decades has remained the same: to create the finest nutritional supplements in small batches, made possible through tireless research, using only the finest raw materials. When it comes to quality, Solgar is The Gold Standard.


Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind helps older adults understand the many ways they can maintain a healthy brain. Through twelve different methods - such as establishing good habits and routines, physical activity and nutrition - participants will learn how to improve their physical and mental health. 041b061a72


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