Aging is a normal biological process. As long as we are alive we age day by day and there is nothing we can do to prevent it. Well wisdom comes with aging arguably the best part of it, but the ‘not so nice’ physical changes as well. Sometimes these changes make us feel bad, and for those advanced in age, cause body image disturbance that turns into frustration. Seeing a lot of problems brought by getting old, a lot of anti-aging products are now sprawling in the market bragging about their reliability and effectiveness. The problem is many of us are still cautious about these products for fear of their side and even adverse effects (which is actually the right thing). But there are some out there that earned the name of the best anti-aging supplements.
Luckily, researches have proven that we don’t really have to go through painful and fearful processes of delaying and or reversing the consequences of moving forward with time.
5 Best Anti-Aging Supplements
For the fear of aging and the unwanted changes brought by it, here are the best supplements:
Omega 3 fatty acids
A fatty acid that has shown to reduce serum triglyceride levels, reduces blood pressure, and decreases factors involved in the clotting of blood and stroke- problems that older adults have. This also has anti-inflammatory effects that may benefit people with rheumatoid arthritis or asthma. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, albacore tuna and lake trout are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
The primary antioxidant in the body that protects polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFAs and other fatty molecules from oxidative damage, thus helping to keep the integrity of PUFA-rich cell membranes; prevents hemolysis of red blood cells; and protects vitamin A from oxidation. This is as well very important in strengthening the immune system of the body.
Recent studies are looking into the role of vitamin E in facilitating wound healing, relief of Parkinson’s disease, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease or AD. Primarily this is recommended for body cleansing and prevention of diseases that are often brought about by aging.
Vitamin E sources are: vegetable oils, salad dressings, margarine and other foods rich in vegetable oil. Unfortunately its therapeutic dosage (100 to 400 IU) cannot be achieved through food alone so necessary supplements of this is necessary.
Co Q-10 or Coenzyme Q10
This is a vitamin-like substance that is naturally found in the body and is particularly present in the heart, pancreas, liver and kidney cells. CoQ-10 can also be found in relatively tiny amounts in seafood and meat products. Medically this is used to treat cardiovascular problems like angina pectoris, congestive heart failure or CHF, hypertension and even cancer diseases. This is also known as an antioxidant therefore is effective in protecting the body from free radical damage that commonly occurs as an organism ages. With this, Coenzyme Q10 is believed to increase life span.
Glutathione is a nonessential nutrient as it is synthesized in the body primarily in the liver. Known as an antioxidant produced by the cells, this directly aids in keeping free radicals at bay and helps keep vitamins C and E in their most effective levels. This combats aging by trying to keep the body healthy and treats aging-related diseases like cataracts and glaucoma; and memory loss brought by dementia particularly to those having Alzheimer’s disease. This boosts the immune system that a shot of it is known to be highly helpful in preventing the complications of immuno-compromised patients of HIV and AIDS.
For some, its skin whitening side effect is used for aesthetic reasons.
Glutathione can also be acquired from certain meats, fruits and vegetables.
This vitamin is considered to be a widely used ingredient in wrinkle creams. Vitamin C promotes the formation of collagen, the most abundant protein in fibrous tissues like connective tissue, bone matrix, cartilage, tooth dentin, skin and tendon. Without enough amount of vitamin C, muscles degenerate, bone weakens, wounds do not heal, teeth are lost and infections occur.
Like the vitamins mentioned, vitamin C is also an antioxidant that protects vitamins A and E, PUFA and iron from destruction. Recently, this is being studied to prevent heart diseases, certain cancers and cataracts that most elderly have.
This vitamin is found in citrus fruits, juices, peppers, broccoli, kiwi fruit, greens, strawberries and tomatoes. This may be the most famous vitamin in the planet.