Anti-Aging Diet and Supplements: Fact or Fiction

Consuming a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis is the most common recommendation given by health care practitioners to those looking to stay young since it increases energy levels, reduces body fat and imbues greater muscle strength. However, for those who are really looking to turn the clock, smooth away wrinkles and restore the vigor they had at 18, there are special diets and supplements that could help maintain good health.

To give you a fair idea of why and how anti-aging diets and supplements work, let’s take a look at some of the nutrients and minerals contained in most of these regimes:

Anti-oxidants

These are substances found in most fruits and vegetables. Some of the most common anti-oxidants are selenium, vitamin C, Vitamin E, resveratrol and lycopene. Antioxidants are a key ingredient because they protect cells from organic compounds called free radicals

Omega Fatty Acids

Krill Oil Omega Fatty AcidKeeping the skin well hydrated from the inside out is one of the best ways of preventing wrinkles. Whether taken in the form of food or as part of a supplement, Omega fatty acids – 3, -6, and -9 play a vital role in helping you look younger because they form part of the skin cell walls. When the skin walls are healthy and plump, the skin itself will look more hydrated .Omega-3 fatty acids can help protect your body against rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and a host of other diseases – thereby lengthening your lifespan.

Hormones

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) supplements are common in stores, but this is a hormone that your body actually produces naturally. However, while DHEA levels in the body usually starts declining at 30 (this is when most age-related changes such as reduced bone density, decrease muscle mass and cognitive impairment start); there is no evidence to suggest that taking additional DHEA can help counteract these effects. Other hormone supplements often promoted by lay media and “medical” anti-aging societies include estrogen, testosterone and the human growth hormone. The proponents of these claims have however, failed to show that hormone therapies reverse or reduce the effects of aging or increase lifespan.

On the other hand, there are several foods you can include in your diet to help balance your hormone levels naturally to promote healthy weight, increase libido and maintain optimal mental health. These include:

  • Fiber – these play an active role in removing, old oxides hormones
  • Broccoli – broccoli has been shown to support healthy metabolism of steroid hormones such as Estrogen
  • Pumpkin Seeds and Wheat Germ – these are a great source of Zinc, a trace mineral in the body that is necessary for many enzymes to work properly

Catalase

Hair cells produce hydrogen peroxide (which lighten hair color) and catalase (which breaks hydrogen peroxide into oxygen d water). As we age, the body produces less catalase and as hydrogen peroxide levels build up, hair ends up graying. Eating a diet that consists of beef liver combined with fruits and vegetables that contain catalase is the best way to reverse grey hair while maintaining good health. You can however, also take the enzyme in the form of an anti-aging pill.

References:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/08/anti-aging-supplements-claims-vs-reality/index.htm

http://www.webmd.boots.com/healthy-ageing/guide/anti-ageing-supplements-do-they-exist

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