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If you mean different nutritional needs compared to
younger adults, the answer is: yes and no.
The human body is the human body and, on a biochemical level, we all need the
same thing. So chemically speaking the answer is no. Given the necessary raw
materials, the body might live forever.
Dr. Alexis Carrell, a famous French physiologist, conducted an experiment in
which he took cells from the heart of a chicken and put them in a solution
containing minerals and nutrients in the same proportion as chicken blood. Every
day he changed the solution keeping the fluids constant and disposing of the
waste products produced by the cells. The result, for which he won a Nobel
Prize, was the chicken heart lived for over 28 years. When he stopped changing
the solution the cells promptly died.
So this brings us to the second half of the answer. As we live on our
polluted planet, eating our genetically modified, irradiated, chemically
treated food (I could go on forever about that), our bodies get clogged.
When stuff gets clogged, it doesn't work as well as it did when new. So an
older adult is probably more clogged than a younger adult.
(That's is an oversimplification but you get the point.)
The body still needs the same nutrients but the older adult simply can't absorb
them as effectively as they did when they were younger... so they become
deficient. And the longer they live, the more deficient they become, as
exemplified by signs of aging.
Even if they eat raw food, many seniors bodily reserves are so depleted that
they would have to eat tons of raw just to maintain. That's where food-based
supplements and juicing come in. Also, older adults need enzymes to help digest
their food, as well as on a metabolic level, because very few eat much raw due
to denture issues and their bodies can no longer make enzymes.
In addition, they have endured a lifetime of deficiencies that they aren’t aware
of, even though they have been staring at them in the mirror practically all
their lives. For instance, age spots and facial wrinkles around the eyes and
jaw could indicate a calcium deficiency.
Even if they recognized these deficiency signs, they wouldn't know how to
correct them because they don't get that kind of advice from God... sorry, - I
meant "their doctor."
So realistically, the answer is, seniors have different dietary needs
(not nutritional needs) due to their frail bodily systems that are not
optimally functioning, thus allowing their deficient state to spiral out of
control until (like the chicken heart) they finally stop functioning.
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