An Excerpt From “Live Younger, Live Longer” by Dr. Christopher Hertzog
Should GH3 replace other vitamins, or should it work in combination with other products? No two people are alike in their dietary, metabolism and health needs. GH3 can only do good if is working but it cannot do harm. For anyone over 30 years old an antioxidant that will fight free radicals is a must and everyone should take at least one GH3 tablet a day, if not two. A good balanced daily regime would be to take two tablets first thing in the morning with a full glass of water about an hour before breakfast.
1. Check around a little before ordering GH3, to ensure that you are getting the genuine product, and not some variation. Each tablet must contain at least 100 mg of active Procaine HCl.
2. Take 2 tablets per day, in order to give the best chance of receiving the desired benefits.
3. If possible, take each tablet separately, though this will mean that both have to be taken on an empty stomach. A small reduction in effectiveness follows when 2 tablets are taken together, though it is far easier to take them in this way.
4. Take the product on a regular basis. Try to establish a routine pattern, i.e. taking 2 tablets when the alarm clock rings, allowing an hour before having breakfast or drinking tea, coffee, juice etc. Plain water is perfectly acceptable. It is advisable to have a break of 5-7 days every 2-3 months, just to allow the body to employ its own mechanisms, without relying on GH3 all the time.
5. Take the tablet(s) one hour before a meal, and two hours after the previous meal. This is so that digestive enzymes do not break down the GH3 before it has time to reach the intestine and enter the bloodstream in the correct way. During this 3 hour cycle, it is important not to mix GH3 with any food, other supplements or medication, tea, coffee, fruit juices etc- in fact nothing but plain water! In short, GH3 should always be taken on an empty stomach, so that the tablet(s) are given the maximum chance to do their work.
6. If any other medication is prescribed, it should not normally conflict with GH3. It should be treated as if it were food, and not encroach on the important 3 hour cycle. Once a regular pattern is established, it becomes second nature to take GH3 without any problem whatever.
7. It is best to take GH3 Gerovital with a full glass of water. This speeds up the passage of the tablet into the intestine, where it first enters the bloodstream. It is only then, that it can begin to provide cells in the body with the extra oxygen they need.
8. Diet is very important. It would seem strange to go to the trouble of seeking out a product as effective as GH3, then ruin its chances of working properly in the body, by indulging a poor diet. Try, whenever possible, to cut back on large amounts of red meat; avoid foods which are high in saturates or cholesterol and cut back on sugars, even in form of fructose. Eat fresh vegetables and fruit whenever possible.
9. Lastly, it is important to take note of the Glycaemic Index (see below). This is a comprehensive list of carbohydrate values of foods in descending order. The lower the numbers, the better it is for us. Many health food shops can provide a copy of the table, and it is available on the Internet free of charge.
The Glycaemic Index
The Glycaemic Index (or G.I.) measures how fast carbohydrate in a particular food is converted into glucose and then enters the blood. Carbohydrate are rated by this Index with reference to a food such as white bread or glucose itself, both of which can be allocated separate baseline values of 100. It is normally glucose that is given this value, and the comparative values of other foods represent the increase of blood sugar after eating a measured amount of that food. This value is expressed as a percentage of the baseline value- i.e. 100.
When trying to eat foods with a lower G.I. level, sugars should preferably be taken in the form of fructose rather than glucose. Most vegetables are low on the G.I. scale, with the notable exception of carrots and parsnips, which are both at the top end of the scale.
Low G.I. diets can help people with diabetes, and help prevent various other common diseases. Low levels lead to improved insulin responses and better blood lipid profiles, thus improving blood cholesterol levels. As carbohydrate is absorbed slowly from low G.I. foods, then weight control is helped as the condition of feeling hungry is delayed.
Although the body does need some intermediate, at at times even high, G.I. level foods for a properly balanced diet, it is now recognized that low G.I. level foods can help with the treatment of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many other ailments. It should therefore be taken into account in any anti-ageing regime. Latest research published in the International Journal of Cancer, February 2001, indicates a definite connection between obesity and cancer, citing an extra 70,000 plus cases of cancer in Europe caused by this factor alone, equating with an extra 1,000,000 cases over a 14 year period.
In the field of sport, a meal taken several hours before an event is the most beneficial, and should contain mostly low and intermediate G.I. foods. Consuming relatively high level foods after the event, however, will help to replenish necessary stores of carbohydrate.
Glycaemic Index example
98 Baked russet potato
80 Instant mashed potato
72 Whole wheat bread
70 White potato
69 White bread
68 Mars bar, Snickers bar etc
67 Shredded wheat
66 Swiss-type meusli
66 Brown rice
51 Green peas
51 Potato crisps
51 Sweet potato
50 White spaghetti
42 Whole grain rye bread
42 Whole wheat spaghetti
36 Ice cream
36 Chick peas
36 Lima beans
34 Whole milk
32 Skimmed & semi-skimmed milk
29 Kidney beans
Notes on fructose
1. Fructose only releases about one-third as much insulin as table sugar, so fewer of these calories are stored as fat.
2. In a cold fruit drink fructose is actually up to 70% sweeter than table sugar, so it is sweeter to the palate!
3. Fructose causes less insulin to be released, thus keeping blood sugar at an optimum level for longer. This helps to obviate hypoglycaemia – low blood sugar and a craving for carbohydrates – supplying the body with lower, lasting energy.
4. An appetite for carbohydrates can be dramatically reduced by fructose, resulting in wanting to eat less. This reduced craving for carbohydrates can effect a major change in how much food is needed later.
5. Thermogenesis – the burning of excess calories to produce body heat – is triggered off by fructose twice as effectively as by table sugar. in fact, dietry thermogenesis induced by carbohydrate intake is a major factor in the body eliminating excess calories.