How Can Anti-Aging Foods and Supplements Help You Slow the Aging Process?
Can anti-aging foods and supplements help to prevent deterioration in the cells that accelerate the aging process? Aging – at the cellular and molecular level – is caused by the accumulated damage to cell membranes, proteins, and to your DNA, resulting from chronic inflammation and oxidative damage. So it makes sense that there are many forms of anti-aging supplements, including antioxidants, minerals, proteins and vitamins. Reducing cell damage and boosting cell growth are the main goals for their use.
But do these anti-aging foods and supplements work?
Whereas some of these supplements may help increase your physical capacity, and maybe help you be more attractive, the popularity of anti-aging supplements depends on what we see in the popular press, in advertisements, and what we hear from our peer network, as opposed to real science. The following article provides some science behind the popular press.
Our Anti-Aging Goals Include:
• Reverse neuroendocrine aging
• Counterbalance the effects of aging
• Genetically Slow down Aging of the Brain (minimize the risk of dementia)
• Reduce Brown Spots, a universal sign of aging
• Restore mitochondrial activity and cardiolipin to more youthful levels
• Delay the onset and slow the progression of many age related chronic diseases
• Make your cells young again, extend your life and live longer naturally
The Keys to Remaining Healthier, Longer
Healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, adequate quality sleep, adequate hydration, and – this is key – superior nutrition, along with anti-aging supplements, are the factors that will make you feel and look younger. The fountain of youth lies within you.
Right now, there is a huge move away from pharmaceuticals to more natural solutions: more efficient exercises, tailored to your more mature physiology; more efficient meal preparation to save time, but also provide awesome taste and nutrition; and efficient habit-creation to establish these methods into your lifestyle.
Access to Natural Supplements
With all that comes the need to search for natural anti-aging supplements as well. Millions are looking at reversing the effects of getting old, and are turning to nature to help. There are many things that you can use on a regular basis to access to the many benefits that come with these natural elements. Finding them can be challenging for some, as it can be difficult to find nearby stores that certain items. This is what the internet does best: makes hard-to-find, specialty items easy and inexpensive to access. Delivered right to your door.
Using herbal medicines for aging is very beneficial and economical. Lack of side effects is an important advantage of using herbal anti-aging supplements in diet. At present, you can easily get herbal anti-aging products from market in the form of soaps, oils, medicines, creams, gels and as ointments. Following are some among the effective natural anti-aging herbs prescribed by health practitioners.
Benefits of Anti-Aging Foods, Natural Supplements and Plant Sources
Natural sources are best anti-aging supplements because they provide nutritional benefits from plants, and in general, do not pose any side effects. This is in contrast to pharmaceutical products: laboratory-prepared, chemical-based anti-aging supplements can be highly dangerous because the underlying principle of pharmaceuticals is to hinder the natural process of the body. The result is to increase the risk of other forms of disease.
It has been found in research that vitamin and mineral supplements which are prepared in laboratory do not provide the same benefits that you achieve from these vitamins and minerals in natural form. It is not entirely clear why the plant based supplements are more effective than laboratory based anti-aging supplements chemicals, but early research suggests that the so-called “impurities” present in plant-derived supplements offer stabilizing agents or other benefits that have yet to be clearly defined.
Top 5 Anti-Aging Foods (infographic)
Here are the Top 5 Anti-Aging Foods, and Their Benefits
1. Green Tea
It is likely that these last two items on the list above – anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties – contribute to recent research that supports turmeric and curcumin as anti-cancer agents. It’s all good. For some ways to add turmeric to you life – 15 ways to be exact – take a look at one of our favorite websites, by Vani Hari.
3. Rosemary & Lemon
The combination of lemon juice and rosemary provides powerful anti-oxidants: the lemon includes vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a vitamin with additional benefits; and according to the Phytochemical Database founded by Dr. James Duke of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rosemary has over 20 antioxidants! Do consider adding a combination of lemon and rosemary to your diet.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been vilified because most of its fats are saturated fats – and we have been warned for decades about the horrors of saturated fats. It seems that the science supporting those warnings was … well, not entirely accurate.
The truth is that we need some saturated fats in our diet. In particular, coconut oil contains the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These MCTs are metabolized differently from the long-chain fatty acids that are so common in our diets. More importantly, recent studies suggest that MCTs help boost brain function. For this, and other benefits, I include coconut oil in my daily smoothie.
Speaking of smoothies … every one of my daily smoothies includes at least one cup (usually more) of frozen, organic, wild berries. Why? For the antioxidant levels and other beneficial phytonutrients that are present in berries. And: organic, wild berries have the highest levels of these phytonutrients. A great example is Blueberries…they contain anti-aging compounds; anti-cancer agents; powerful anti-oxidants; and provide many more benefits. Click here to read more about the benefits of blueberries.
5 Facts About Antioxidants (infographic)