Ahhhh, youth! If only we could take our acquired experience and the approach to life we’ve adopted over the years and combine them with the resilient and fit bodies we enjoyed when we were 20! Wouldn’t life be significantly more enjoyable? To wish such a thing seems like a complete waste of time...or maybe not. With a little know-how and a few key dietary supplements you can at least achieve a more youthful appearance and energy level than you currently are experiencing. Here is a quick guide to help you choose the right anti-aging supplement for your needs.
One of the main factors in our deteriorating physical nature is the fact that levels of critical hormones and other vital chemicals in our bodies decline with each passing year. Take CoQ10, for example. CoQ10 is an enzyme catalyst that is essential to creating energy within the cell. Unfortunately, as we age our ability to assimilate CoQ10 from foods like fish and eggs slows way down. We begin to feel the effects but 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.
Medical experts on anti-aging are learning more and more how certain nutrients help to appreciably assist the body in maintaining unimpaired protein tissue, and this action has an enormous impact on health and wellness. When you think of protein in the body, usually the first thing that comes to mind is muscle. Remember, though, that muscle tissue is so much more than impressively bulging biceps or an attractively rounded gluteus maximus. The heart is a major muscle, as are many other organs in the body. The framework of the skin is made up of collagen, another protein structure, as is the cartilage in all our joints. Foremost among the nutrients beneficial to protein structures is Alpha lipoic acid. To read in detail how these supplements work to keep us young, we recommend The Perricone Prescription and The Perricone Promise available at local bookstores.
The body naturally produces DHEA on its own, but like 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.
An anti-aging discussion is incomplete without mentioning two chief antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Vitamin C helps to keep us young in two outstanding ways. First, it is necessary for making collagen and elastin, which keeps skin firm, joints flexible, and blood vessels strong. Second, it is a key nutrient for maintaining a healthy immune system. The immune system is a complex and ever-vigilant infrastructure designed to safeguard us from the onslaught of free radicals that we’re exposed to every day of our lives. It’s on a perpetual search-and-destroy mission, seeking out proteins called antigens that don’t belong in our bodies. If and when that task is accomplished, the immune system sets out to build and strengthen the body. Without an immune system, the game of life would be over before it got started. As a versatile and powerful antioxidant, vitamin C plays a huge role in keeping weary immune warriors like T-cells, B-cells, NK-cells, macrophages, etc. in tip-top shape.
We often think of aging in terms of how we look and feel physically, yet aging can certainly affect our mental health, too, impairing ability to reason and remember. Owing to its very nature as a fat-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin E is one of the best nutritional allies to promote brain health and cognitive function, since the brain is largely comprised of fatty tissue, as are the protective membranes of all cells in our body. Vitamin E has many other noteworthy anti-aging applications, too, including health of the cardiovascular system, the liver and the skin. Despite some negative press recently due to poorly designed studies, vitamin E intake should definitely be part of your diet, whether from food or supplements. For more information on the aforementioned studies, visit www.supplementinfo.org.
Wrinkles are the biggest visible sign of aging. From crow’s feet to laugh lines, our skin changes as we grow older. Just like supplements work on the inside, their cream counterparts work on the outside. Creams leave skin looking smooth and fresh. Creams containing antioxidants are the first line of defense in fighting free radicals. Pycnogenol works as an antioxidant to combat environmental toxins and stresses that attack the skin. Pycnogenol 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. It also promotes firmer skin.
Looking for multi-levels of skin nourishment? If you wanted to pick these nutrients up at the local store, you’d have to shell out a lot of money. Look younger without having to empty your wallet. Our Swanson Skin System contains many of the nutrients that are recommended to promote skin health. You’ll find the same high-quality ingredients that are in the expensive alternatives, but at an affordable price.
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