Elke Dag 50+ 60 tablets - especially formulated for aging adults with added Q10, alpha lipoic acid, pterostilbene and lutein | Vitals

Elke Dag 50+ 60 tablets - especially formulated for aging adults with added Q10, alpha lipoic acid, pterostilbene and lutein | Vitals

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Vitals Elke Dag 50+ is a carefully crafted multivitamin, specially meant for aging adults over 50 years.Our body has different nutritional needs when we grow older. We need less iron and copper. When too much of these minerals is ingested, this can have negative impact. This is why Elke Dag 50+ doesn't contain iron and copper.

Vitals Elke Dag 50+ Senior voor

  • extra support for eyes, bones, heart and arteries
  • contains B2, B6, B12 and folic acid in bio-available form
  • at least 25 mcg D3 (1000iu) and 40mcg K2 per tablet
  • with added Q10, alpha lipoic acid, pterostilbene, lutein, zeaxanthine
  • without iron or copper
  • one tablet per day

Vitamin B12 as methyl- and adenosyl cobalamine, folic acid as activated folate
Aging men and wome do need more vitamin B12 and adequate amounts of folic acid to have proper brain functioin as well as a balanced homocystein level. This is why Elke Dag Senior contains 150mcg vitamin B12 in the biologically active forms of methylcobalamine and adenosylcobalamine (also called dibencozide), as well as 400mcg folic acid as Quatrefolic®* (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate bound to glucosamine salt. This is the form of folic acid that occurs naturally in the body. Combined with glucosamine salt, it is possible to stabilize this biologically active form and allow for better absorption.

Biologically active (co-enzymatic) forms
Elke Dag 50+ Senior does not just contain biologically active B12 and folic acid, but also the biologically active forms of vitamin B2 and B6 (which are also important for the homocystein metabolism) , such as riboflavine-5'-phosphate and pyridoxal-5'-phosphate. The advantage of using forms that occur naturally in the body is that they can be utilized directly and do not need to be transformed.

Vitamin D and K in the most effective forms
Vitamin D and K are important to maintain healthy and strong bones when we age, along with the minerals calcium, magnesium, silicon, and boron. Elke Dag 50+ contains no less than 40 mcg vitamin K2 which helps to make calcium deposit in the bones. Vice versa it prevents deposition of calcium in the arteries which remain in (elastic) shape because of it. This important task is better perfomed by vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7 or MK-7) than by vitamin K1 (phylloquinone).

Like-wise, vitamin D is also important for strong bones, because vitamin D stimulates calcium absorphtion from food and deposition in the skeleton. Vitamin D has many more far reaching functions in the body, resulting in a healthy immune system, muscle function as well as normal cell replication. Considering the importance and the positive health effects of vitamin D, one tablet contains a relatively high dose of 25mcg (1000iu) vitamin D3.

Silicon and boron for strong bones
Elke Dag 50+ contains 15 mg silicon from bamboo and 1 mg boron. Silicon is needed for healthy bone growth and is a synergist for calcium. Boron improves the amount of retained calcium ad magnesium .

Natural lutein and zeaxanthine for the eyes
Elke Dag 50+ contains a relatively high amount of lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the eyes against aging and are important for proper vision. In addition, vitamin A, B2, and zinc also help to see clearly.

Q10 and alpha lipoic acid
Co-enzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid are two important moilecules that play an essential role in the mitochondria of each cell of the body; these can be considered as small energy factories where sugars are burnt and metabolised into energy that the human body needs. Both molecules are also antioxidants that protect the body against free radicals. Elke Dag 50+ contains an adequate amount of both molecules.

Pterostilbene is the more easily absorbed form of resveratrol
Finally, Elke Dag 50+ also contains a meaningful amount of the pure pterostilbene (pTeroPure®), which occurs naturally in blueberries. Pterostilbene is often called the 'next generation resveratrol' because of better bio-availability. Pterostilbene belongs, just like resveratrol from grapes to the group of phyto-alexines: vegetable toxins that protect a plant against yeasts and bacteria. As an antioxidant, pterostilbene helps protect the human body against oxidative stress and aging on cellular level. Furtherore pterostilbene has a positive influence on blood pressure and blood flow.

Quatrefolic® is a patented product and registered trademark from Gnosis.
pTeroPure® is a patented product and registered trademark ofChromaDex Inc.

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Wound healing: leave a wound exposed or not? On popular assumptions and role of vitamins

Sometimes it seems I'm the Überklutz as bad balance and absent mindedness made me crash down on my knee after forgetting to unfold one pedal of the folding bike and trying in vein to unfold it while riding.
Thinking it was only a minor wound it only occurred to me to visit the physician two days later when the wound wouldn't stop bleeding : turns out I should have gone immediately as it actually should have been stitched, for which it was too late some 48 hours later.

The assistant told me to clean the wound with water three times a day and take antibiotics for a week.
Can't remember whether plasters were recommended or not, but by chance, that same night I listened to that very same topic on a Dutch cycling podcast (Tweewielers). Apparently wounds should be covered up and kept moist rather than to let them dry and exposed to air.

Apparently this discovery to keep wounds moist was already known by physicians in traditional medicine around the world such as China Egypt or Greece, with methods of which some are being rediscovered, such as the habit to treat wounds with honey.

Seems I'm not the only one to have a wrong perception on what's best for wound healing. Covering up always seemed superfluous to me.  What other popular assumptions are false or true? And what about supplements to take?

The true danger of COVID-19 vaccines : why we should avoid leaky vaccines

Two weeks ago I wrote in my blog on how I did not want a vaccine out of madness because governments won't allow the use of HCQ or ivermectin, both of which are both safe and cheap treatments against COVID-19.
However, I said to not see anything wrong in the vaccine itself. By now I've changed my mind. No, I don't actually deem mRNA vaccines to be unsafe, nor am I too worried about the very rare side-effects of clotting.

What truly spooked me is the fact these are 'leaky' vaccines, which allows viruses to still infect people despite being vaccinated. They just won't get sick, but can become hosts of viruses that may still infect unvaccinated people. Who , in the end no longer will have any other choice but to get vaccinated when a virus has mutated into a too dangerous variant.

At least this is the theory from dr Geert Vanden Bossche, a prominent virologist who spoke out against massive vaccination.

Why is the fact those vaccines are leaky so scary? Let me explain with an article on Marek's disease in chickens.

Set point and holiday weight gain

At the time of writing this article the first week of advent has almost finished. In this week most people will have started decorating their homes for the holiday season that is upon us.
Though for most this period may not be as festive as it normally is, since it is not allowed to organize large gatherings because of COVID-19, we can still try to make the most of it and indulge in the small pleasures of life. 
Quite a lot of people that are trying to become fit and trim worry about the holiday season and what damage it will do to their progress: how can they avoid weight gain during those days? 
We can reassure the worryworts: you will be fine to indulge on those special days. With emphasis on 'special' days as nothing spectacular will happen when you eat normal on the other days. The bigger problem is when you spread out those days over an extended period of say two to three weeks. 
But even with a longer period of dietary negligence, most people notice it is surprisingly easy to get rid of the extra holiday weight, due to a wonderful (and scary) phenomenon called 'set point'. 

Are eggs good or bad for diabetes?

Outside COVID-19 very little health news catches the attention of newspapers, unless it is something out of the ordinary.

One such news item was the result from an observational study among Chinese citizens of whom it was reported how those eating more eggs had a higher risk of diabetes 2.

Oh boy, here we go again was my first thought. First eggs were vilified due to their cholesterol content, and now that nonsense has been put to rest [link], they try to come up with another BS research. Yes, calling it BS.
Imagine, you are a notorious smoker and decide to give up smoking because your lungs are suffering and have developed COPD. Yet, it is too late and a lung tumour has been detected. Guess what? The clickbait headlines would go like "people that give up smoking, will develop lung cancer!".

That's how it works! Time and again we have to repeat: correlation is NOT the same as causation. This was an observational study, in which people were asked about their habits.
A much better research method is a clinical study in which people are meticulously followed after treatment.
Or a meta study in which several studies are lumped together and analysed.

Tips and tricks to keep your house cool without airconditioning

After having survived the hottest two weeks of the past century, and hearing about the deliberate choice to switch of the power in some areas of California as it became impossible to match the demand for electricity, due to the massive use of airconditioning, this week's topic had to be about how to keep your house and yourself cool without needing to rely on energy-guzzling airconditioning.

How to make better food and lifestyle choices 

Ever since Boris Johnson barely survived an infection with COVID-19, he embraced a healthier lifestyle. He doesn't just want to live healthier himself, but also wants the British people to eat and live healthier as well. 
The question is, how? Over time, manufacturers of junkfood have mastered the game of tricking us into buying calorific foods while these foods are also attractive because we have evolved to enjoy that kind of foods. 
Aside from financial incentives to make us buy less junkfood (sugar tax) and more healthy foods (by lowering VAT) the best bet seems to be a mix of methods that 'nudge' us into making better choices.
There have been countless behavioural science-based initiatives intended to nudge healthier eating. But which ones actually work, leading to a sustained behaviour change? And of those, which are most effective? What concepts, tools and styles of intervention are best at getting us to eat healthy foods, or less of the unhealthy foods...?

Heart disease: what are the differences between men and women?

Past week there was attention for new documentary called "De slag om het vrouwenhart", made by Hella de Jong, in which she relates about her quest for heart health. She suspected health problems, but wasn't sure why. After having been told her problems were psychosomatic, caused by her parents' traumatic WWII experiences, she wasn't satisfied and kept pushing for more research. Finally she got a massive heart attack while perfoming a stress test in the hospital.

This interview sent me on an immediate flashback to 1985, when my mom felt ill enough to visit the hopital after what was probably a minor heart attack. Her complaints weren't taken very seriously, yet they admitted her to hospital, though without being tied to a heart monitor. It was here she died that same day in the presence of my brother. When listening to Hella's story it seems there hasn't changed much in 35 years.

For a very long time, women were not taken into consideration when research was conducted on heart diseasae. Nor were they taken seriously when they went to their doctors with health complaints. Yet, among women, heart disease has also become the leading cause of death.

Determining heart disease risk in women

Women and men share many heart disease risk factors, but recent studies are showing what previous male-focused studies have not shown: Women also have their own unique heart disease risk factors.

Traditional risk factors common to both women and men:

  • obesity
  • smoking
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • family history
  • metabolic syndrome – the co-existence of high blood pressure, obesity, and high glucose and triglyceride levels
  • high levels of C-reactive protein – a sign of inflammatory disease that can occur along with other cardiovascular risk factors

Some risk factors that relate specifically to women or that can affect women disproportionately include:

  • relatively high testosterone levels prior to menopause
  • increasing hypertension during menopause
  • autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis – more common in women than in men
  • stress and depression are more common among women
  • low risk factor awareness: lack of recognition of many of the above conditions as risk factors for heart disease is a risk factor in itself

How to prevent getting sick from the flu

You can prevent germs from making you ill in two ways: prevent entry into the body by careful hygiene, and if they do get in, make sure your body’s natural immune system is able to fight these germs, so they self-destruct before overwhelming the system.

Most flu germs are spread in two ways:

  • touching such as hand-to-hand contact
  • droplet spread when germs ride along on tiny water droplets that are sneezed or coughed into the air

Try these flu prevention tips to avoid person-to-person spread:
  • avoid shaking hands, but bow or give a head nod
  • avoid nose-picking as the nose is a breeding ground for germs
  • sneeze into a disposable handkerchief and if you don't have one available, sneeze inside your elbow
  • shun coughers and sneezers as much as possible.
  • avoid crowded rooms

Why does stress make us sick more easily?

Most diseases that we are dealing with nowadays are chronic diseases as a result of poor lifestyle choices that will only affect us later in life. However, we can get sick much sooner when exposed to chronic stress. How can this happen?

Stress is defined as a series of events, starting with a stimulus leading to a stress response known as the 'fight-or-flight' reaction that can affect many body systems.
Physical or physiological stress is mostly short-lived, while psychological or emotional stress can last for a very long time.

Why are multivitamins important for your health?

Sometimes, when your only source of news is from mainstream media, it seems as if taking nutritional supplements is worse than taking medicines. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Especially multivitamins and fish oil can be your cheapest way to top health in addition to a healthy diet. People following healthy diets, are as rare as diamonds and it most certainly doesn't mean following the latest fad diet where you must buy expensive exotic ingredients to be doing it right.

Sadly this is possible when the general public is not being educated properly. Even our national nutritional council (Voedingscentrum) still keeps spouting how you should be consuming artificial margarine instead of real butter as it 'contains extra vitamin D' while butter from grass-fed cows will contain this naturally.

However, there is one truth that is universally embraced by almost everyone: in order to become healthier one has to consumer larger amounts of vegetables and fruits and less heavily processed foods. The sad truth is how most Dutch citizens don't even ingest 200 grams of vegetables and fruit on a given day, a far cry from the recommended 500 grams never mind the optimal 750 grams that is considered to be ideal when you're striving from longevity.

How do you recognize vitamin B deficiency?

Traditional media often run stories about how supplements may cause problems. One of the problems with studies highlighting supplements is they typically use synthetic vitamins, and not whole food supplements. Your body was not made to process unnatural agents, often posing as equivalents to the real thing. The reality is they are frequently not the same and do not provide you with the same health benefits.

Vitamin deficiencies may lead to illness and disease, and contribute to chronic issues such as high blood pressure, dementia and cancer. One nutritional deficiency having the potential to wreak havoc on your health, your cognition and even your respiratory system is a deficiency in vitamin B complex. B vitamins also help your body to detoxify from chronic exposure to pollutants and chemicals.

Can zinc deficiency cause depression?

The health benefits of zinc include a proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, controlled diabetes, reduction in stress levels, improved metabolism, and an increased rate of healing for acne and wounds. Also, it is helpful in terms of pregnancy, hair care, eczema, weight loss, night blindness, cold, eye care, appetite loss, and many other conditions.

What is the importance of zinc?
Zinc plays a vital role in protein synthesis and helps regulate the cell production in the immune system of the human body. It is mostly found in the strongest muscles of the body and is found in especially high concentrations in the white and red blood cells, retina, skin, liver, kidneys, bones, and pancreas. The semen and the prostate gland in men also contain significant amounts of zinc.

In the human body, there are more than 300 different enzymes that require zinc to function normally. Researchers believe that 3,000 proteins (out of approximately 100,000) have this vital mineral.

A normal person has two to three grams of zinc at any given time. There are organs in the human body which secrete it, such as the salivary gland, the prostate gland, and the pancreas. Even cells involved in the activity of the immune system secrete zinc. It is used up in various metabolic processes and eliminated through normal excretory and urinary channels, so it needs to be replenished often. If it isn’t, you will begin to suffer from deficiency symptoms.

A multivitamin a day keeps the doctor away 

With so many supplements available, and a lot of supplement advertisements in sports magazines targeted at athletes, one is rarely seen: ads for a multivitamin and mineral. 

When you think about supplements, what are the first thoughts that go through your mind? Whey protein, nitric oxide, creatine, fat burners, or maybe something else? These are the ones that consume the ads.

What if I told you though that the most important supplement that you must have in your arsenal is not on this list? That is your basic multivitamin. From the chewable ones you took as a kid to the ones you have now. Oh, you don't take them? If not, you better change that immediately if you want to meet your fitness goals.

For the human body to complete all the tasks it has in a normal day, it must be given a wide and complex variety of vital nutrients. Becoming deficient in any one of these essential vitamins or minerals causes breakdown of the metabolic pathway that produces optimum efficiency and performance goes down quick. Obviously, this is NOT what you want!

recommended use
take 1 tablet per day with a meal using ample water or as recommended by a ualified health care consultant.
This supplement is not suitable for children younger than 10 years.

contains per daily dosage (1 tablet)

beta carotene (from Dunaliella salina) 3 mg -
(recalculated to vitamin A 250mcg-RE 31% RDI
vitamin A (retinyl acetate) 250 mcg-RE 31% RDI
vitamin B1 (thiamine-HCl) 11 mg 1000% RDI
vitamin B2 (riboflavine-5’-phosphate) 14 mg 1000% RDI
vitamin B3 (niacinamide) 40 mg 250% RDI
vitamin B5 (calcium-d-pantothenate) 30 mg 500% RDI
vitamine B6 (pyridoxal-5’-phosphate) 7 mg 500% RDI
biofolate (5-MTHF glucosamine salt, Quatrefolic®, vit. B9) 400 mcg 200% RDI
vitamin B12 (50% methylcobalamine, 50% adenosylcobalamine) 150 mcg 6000% RDI
biotine (vitamin B7) 100 mcg 200% RDI
choline (bitartrate) 25 mg
inositol 25 mg
PABA 10 mg
vitamin C (calcium- and magnesium ascorbate) 100 mg 125% RDI
vitamine D3 (cholecalciferol) 25 mcg / 1000iu 500% RDI
vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, 72 ie) 67 mg-TE 558% RDI
mixed tocopherols (beta, gamma, delta) 15 mg -
vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7) 40 mcg 53% RDI



calcium (citrate, ascorbate) 30 mg 4% RDI
chrome (picolinate) 40 mcg 100% RDI
iodine (potassium iodide) 75 mcg 50% RDI
magnesium (citrate, ascorbate) 30 mg 8% RDI
manganese (citrate) 1,5 mg 75% RDI
molybdene (sodium molybdate) 50 mcg 100% RDI
selenium (l-selenomethionine) 69 mcg 125% RDI
zinc (citrate) 15 mg 150% RDI
silicon (from bamboo) 15 mg
boron (sodium borate) 1 mg


citrus bioflavonoid complex (35%) 20 mg
lutein (from Calendula officinalis) 10 mg
zeaxanthine (from Tagetes erecta) 2 mg
co-enzyme Q10 (natural, ubiquinone) 40 mg
alpha lipoic acid (R/S-form) 25 mg
pterostilbene (pTeroPure®) 25 mg

RDI = Recommended Daily Intake

active ingredients (multivitamins, minerals, citrus bioflavonoids, lutein, zeaxanthine, ubiquinone, alpha lipoic acid and pterostilbene), filler (microcrystalline cellulose, calcium carbonate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide), filler (magnesium stearate)

keep dry and closed at normal room temperature
keep out of reach of young children

This supplement is meant for adults and not for children up to 10 years

allergy information
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)

suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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