Posted on Oct 28, 2018, 11 p.m.
Currently there are no shortcuts or magic pills to take to stop aging, but there are things that can be done to help extend a healthy lifespan including an active lifestyle and diet. Supplements can help fill in the void for any nutrients missed and help boost benefits from them, research and expert backing make compelling cases for many anti-aging supplements.
Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage, the Mayo clinic suggests it is a safe alternative for patients who can’t take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as it may help to reduce arthritis pain, swelling, stiffness and help to lubricate joints.
Vitamin D can help to build bones, boost immunity, increase absorption of calcium and magnesium, help protect against chronic ailment, assist with weight loss, and protect against risks of heart disease and diabetes,
Collagen plays key roles in the structure and suppleness of connective tissues such as skin, but with age production of collagen diminishes. Collagen promotes a more youthful complexion, and has been shown to support joint and bone health.
Vitamin C is a naturally occurring antioxidant that promotes a more youthful complexion, it has been proven to decrease effects of UV induced photodamage, prevent oxidative stress at cellular levels, supports collagen synthesis, has been demonstrated to have positive impacts on many aspects ranging from cardiac health and vision to wrinkles and immunity, and has a correlation to the fat suppressing adiponectin hormone.
Coenzyme Q10 supports production of mitochondrial energy and heart health, it has been shown to help lower blood pressure in those with hypertension, and protect against oxidative damage. With age production of CoQ10 decreases making experts recommend supplementation for patients aged 40+ struggling with fatigue or cardiovascular issues.
Sea buckthorn is packed full of antioxidants and omega-7 fatty acids that support cellular rejuvenation, it has promising research on its anticancer effects. It has been long used in traditional medicines for thousands of years to increase resistance to fatigue, stress, and for its cardioprotective abilities.
Vitamin B12 is key to living vibrant and energetic lives, helping to make DNA and red blood cells, deficiencies are linked to lethargy, poor digestion, and joint pain. Sublingual vitamin B12 is often recommended as it dissolves under the tongue and is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Zinc is an essential trace element necessary for overall well being, imperative for proper digestion, immune function, and sense of taste. Deficiency can lead to age related chronic illnesses such as immunosenescence, cancer, and atherosclerosis.
Fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids supports immunity, vision, joints, cardiovascular health, metabolic function, and boosts moods, memory, skin, hair, and nails; most importantly it helps to preserve the length of telomeres.
Red reishi has been used in traditional medicines to promote wellness and longevity, it is suggested by research to bolster immunity, reduce fatigue, increase cellular resistance to aging effects of free radicals, and may lower risk of hypertension.
N-acetylcysteine is a precursor to glutathione, it is a powerful antioxidant known to protect cell membranes, minimize effects of stress, reverse DNA damage, treat acetaminophen overdoses, support the liver, and have positive effects on metabolism.
Magnesium is critical to regulation of insulin levels and blood pressure, it supports restful sleep; deficiency is associated with increased risk of many age related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.
Turmeric curcumin is a very powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that can ease arthritis, DHT blocking capabilities can help with hair loss, boost levels of anti-aging proteins, balance cholesterol levels, enhance cognitive function, and lessen risk of certain cancers, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. It is being studied for potential in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Resveratrol is a polyphenol with anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. It may activate SIRT1 genes that regulate cellular longevity, and has extended life span of many organisms in studies. Human studies have shown it significantly lowered cholesterol, and risks for heart disease.
Astragalus has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicines as an adaptogen to protect the body against stress, credited with elongating telomeres and rejuvenating cells. Antiviral properties stimulate the immune system to help prevent colds, it is being studied for potential applications to aging.
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