The 7 Best Supplements For Anti-Aging
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The 7 Best Supplements For Anti-AgingTake These Everyday To Boost Your Health and Energy
In addition to taking vitamin D, fish oil, and probiotics, I generally recommend an additional seven supplements for anti-aging. If you want to feel young, sharp, and vigorous, and if you want to maintain a healthy weight, these seven will support you!
1. S-Acetyl Glutathione: 100–300 mg/Day
Glutathione is one of the best detoxifiers that I know. It is absolutely your best protection against the toxins that abound in food, air, and water, and it has remarkable anti-aging properties as well.
Composed of three amino acids, glutathione is the single most powerful antioxidant that your body produces. It’s made in the liver, so if your liver isn’t functioning optimally, you are even more in need of supplementation.
How Glutathione Keeps You from Feeling Old and Getting Fat
• DNA protection
• Immune support
• Mitochondrial support (mitochondria are the portions of your cells that pump out energy, somitochrondial support both gives you more energy and boosts your metabolism to maintain a healthy weight)
• Reduction of inflammation
• Protection against heart disease, cancer, neurological decline, dementia, and other chronic diseases
Glutathione is known as an anti-aging supplement, since low glutathione levels have been linked to every major aging process in the human body. After the age of 20, your natural production of glutathione slows down, dropping about 10 percent with every passing decade. By the time you reach age 60, you’re making only about half as much glutathione as you did in your teens, which contributes to flagging energy, lowered immunity, and many of the minor and major ailments that we frequently associate with aging. Taking glutathione supplements can turn this process around, keeping you vital and fit no matter how old you are.
Foods That Boost Glutathione
Magnesium is a mineral found in your blood, bones, tissues, and organs. It’s crucial for the optimal functioning of your heart, brain, and musculoskeletal, digestive, and circulatory systems, and it’s responsible for the correct metabolic function of more than 350 enzymes in your body. Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure, strengthens muscles and bones, and keeps the immune system strong.
Magnesium is a powerful muscle relaxant which can ease constipation (as your intestinal walls relax) and lower blood pressure (as your arterial walls relax). The relaxation that magnesium engenders can also help you fall asleep more easily. And if you’re prone to muscle cramping, that’s often a sign that you’re short of magnesium—and it’s a problem that additional magnesium can remedy.
Magnesium also helps your body detox. It helps clear both toxins and heavy metals. As with other key nutrients, it can be hard to get enough magnesium just from diet. Some studies estimate that up to 80 percent of us are deficient in magnesium. And the costs for shorting yourself on magnesium are high.
Possible Results of Insufficient Magnesium
• Anxiety and panic attacks
• Blood clots
• Bowel disease
• Heart disease
• Hormonal symptoms: PMS, cramps during menstruation, infertility, various pregnancy and birth complications
• Memory problems
• Musculoskeletal conditions, including fibrositis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, eye twitches, cramps, and chronic neck and back pain
• Nerve problems, including muscle contractions; gastrointestinal spasms; calf, foot, and toe cramps; vertigo; and confusion
• Raynaud’s syndrome
• Tooth decay
In addition to taking a supplement, I advise you to load up on dietary sources of magnesium. You can focus on whole foods and green drinks—drinks made from leafy greens and spinach, both of which are rich in magnesium.
Foods That Contain Magnesium
• Wild-caught Pacific halibut
• Leafy greens
• Black beans
• Pumpkin seeds
• Squash seeds
• Green drinks
3. CoQ10: 200–400 mgs/Day of the Ubiquinol Form
This remarkable antioxidant is a powerful anti-aging supplement that will boost your energy, protect your heart, and support your cellular health. If you have any concerns about aging, fatigue, or heart disease, take CoQ10, especially if you are over 40. If you take statins, CoQ10 supplements are even more important, since statins can lower your CoQ10 levels by as much as 40 percent because they inhibit your body’s synthesis of it. This is not a “side effect” of statins but a direct inherent function of these drugs.
How to Choose the Right Form of CoQ10
• Look for the ubiquinol form of CoQ10. It’s more easily used by the body than the more commonly available ubiquinone form.
Foods That Contain CoQ10
• Grass-fed red meat
• Organ meats
4. Alpha-Lipoic Acid: 300–600 mg/Day
Alpha-lipoic acid is found in every cell of your body. It’s a potent, versatile antioxidant that fights inflammation, balances blood sugar, and protects your skin. Its effect is magnified by the way it boosts the effectiveness of other antioxidants in your body. ALA also promotes nerve health, helps remove heavy metals from the body, and purifies the liver.
Although your body does produce ALA, it often doesn’t make as much as you need, so you have to look to outside sources—both through supplements and in your diet. Because insulin resistance and dysfunctional sugar metabolism is such a common underlying issue when we get old and fat, ALA is one of my go-to supplements for virtually all of my over-40 patients as well as an increasing number of younger ones.
Foods That Contain Alpha-Lipoic Acid
• Organ meats
5. Turmeric: 400–600 mg/Day of Turmeric Extract
This delicious spice contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that offers numerous health benefits. It takes about four to six weeks to start seeing results, but when you do, they are considerable. Because inflammation is such a common underlying mechanism for making us old and fat, I almost always recommend this supplement to my patients.
How Turmeric Keeps You from Feeling Old and Getting Fat
• Reduces pain
• Decreases fatigue
• Boosts mood
• Sharpens mental focus
• Improves cognition
• Helps protect against cancer
6. Mitochrondial Formula
As you will learn in my book, Young And Slim For Life, mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cells. They produce energy, which translates into you having energy and also into you remaining at a healthy weight. As we age, our mitochondria decrease in both numbers and in function, which is one of the reasons we associate age with slowing down. A supplement can slow or even reverse this process, so you continue to look and feel young.
Exercise is a great way to boost your mitochondria, so when you make movement a regular part of your life, you’re well on your way to supporting these energy powerhouses. If you want to take further steps to protect and improve mitochondrial function, I highly recommend supporting your mitochondria with nutrients they need to function optimally. By improving mitochondrial function, you can tune up your metabolism, increase your energy, think more clearly, feel less achy, and prevent all sorts of age-related diseases—and who can say no to that?
Nutrients to Look for in a Mitochondrial Formula
• B Vitamins, including B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (as niacinamide), and B-6 (as pyridoxal- 5-phosphate)
• Vitamin C
• Alpha-lipoic acid
7. Powdered Greens
If you’re not loading up each day on fresh leafy greens, a powdered green drink can be an effective way to pick up the slack. A green drink nourishes every system in your body, with numerous health benefits. These drinks are full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients, and other health-enhancing nutrients. One of them provides the same antioxidant support of three to five servings of fruit and vegetables.
How Powdered Greens Keep You from Feeling Old and Getting Fat
• Enhanced immunity
• Boosted energy levels
• Better digestion
How to Choose the Right Form of Powdered Greens
• Make sure they’re made with organic fruits and vegetables.
• Avoid the products with those all-too-common fillers and bulking agents, which greatly diminish the nutritional value of the drink.