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Many people wish they could combine the knowledge and experience they've gained over the years with the energy they had when they were younger. Now, with a little know-how and a few key dietary supplements, you can achieve a more youthful appearance and higher energy levels. Here is a quick guide to help you choose the right anti-aging supplement for your needs.

Coenzyme Q10

The levels of critical hormones and other vital chemicals in our body decline every year. CoQ10 is an enzyme catalyst essential to creating energy within cells. As we age, our ability to assimilate CoQ10 from foods like fish and eggs slows down. We begin to feel the side effects, but we can’t always identify the cause. In healthy individuals, CoQ10 is heavily concentrated in the heart, kidneys and liver, but all bodily systems depend on CoQ10 to thrive.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Medical experts are learning more about anti-aging and how certain nutrients assist the body in maintaining protein tissue, which has an enormous impact on health and wellness. When you think of protein in the body, muscle is usually the first thing that comes to mind. The framework of the skin is made up of collagen, a protein structure, as is the cartilage in all of our joints. Alpha lipoic acid is a very important nutrient for protein structures. To read in detail about how these supplements deliver benefits, we recommend The Perricone Prescription and The Perricone Promise available at local bookstores.

DHEA

The body naturally produces DHEA on its own, but like with so many other nutrients, the body’s ability to make it declines with age. DHEA circulates throughout the bloodstream. Although scientists aren’t sure of DHEA’s role in the body, many believe that the decline of DHEA production by the adrenal glands may contribute to the physical and mental deterioration linked to aging.

Vitamins C and E

Vitamins C and E are two very important antioxidants. Vitamin C helps produce collagen and elastin, which keeps skin firm, joints flexible and blood vessels strong. It also maintains a healthy immune system, which aids the body in getting rid of the free radicals we're exposed to on a daily basis. The immune system also seeks out and destroys antigens, proteins that don't belong in the body. As a versatile and powerful antioxidant, vitamin C plays a large role in keeping immune warriors like T-cells, B-cells, NK-cells, macrophages, etc., strong and ready to defend the body.

Due to being a fat-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E is a nutritional ally that promotes brain health and cognitive function. We often think of aging in terms of how we look and feel, but aging can also affect our mental health, impairing our ability to reason and remember. Since the brain is largely comprised of fatty tissue, the protective membranes of all cells in our body are, too. Vitamin E has many other noteworthy anti-aging applications, too, including cardiovascular, liver and skin health, so it should be a part of your diet from either food or supplements.

Skin Care

Wrinkles are the biggest visible sign of aging. From crow’s feet to laugh lines, our skin changes as we grow older. Creams leave skin looking and feeling smooth. Creams containing antioxidants are the first line of defense in fighting free radicals. Pycnogenol works as an antioxidant to combat environmental toxins and stressors that attack the skin. It also promotes nitric oxide production, which aids in the expansion of blood vessels, resulting in firmer skin. DMAE’s antioxidant-like effect protects against signs of aging and supports firmer skin.

 

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