Consider These 5 Anti-Aging Supplements
Complementing your diet with anti-aging supplements can only help to enforce your healthy lifestyle. As we age, we can experience fluctuations in important nutrients, but supplements can help boost your daily dietary needs to help keep you fit and active. Let’s look at some of the top supplements with anti-aging benefits.
Collagen is an essential protein used throughout the body to build and repair your bones, muscles, tendons, and skin. Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and suppleness. Supplementing your diet with a collagen peptide can help with wear and tear on your joints, and help improve the appearance of your skin.
A 2013 study out of the University of Kiel in Germany found that taking 2.5 to 5 grams of collagen for four weeks helped improve skin elasticity and moisture. Subjects showed no side effects and continued to see a “significantly higher skin elasticity level” in elderly women four weeks following the study.1
Turmeric is endowed with a bounty of health benefits and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat a number of symptoms and conditions.
Turmeric owes its health-giving properties to powerful plant nutrients called curcuminoids. These active compounds are rich in anti-aging antioxidants that can provide anti-inflammatory benefits to support joint health and immune and liver function.
There is one problem with turmeric, however, and that is poor absorption. So look for a supplement with superior absorption like Qunol Turmeric. Studies have found that a “curcuminoid-piperine combination significantly improves oxidative and inflammatory status in patients with metabolic syndrome.”2
There are so many good reasons to take a CoQ10 supplement as it helps in the energy production of almost every living cell in your body. As you age, however, your levels of CoQ10 decline so taking a supplement makes perfect sense.
CoQ10 is a naturally occurring nutrient-like coenzyme known for its cardiovascular health benefits. As the number one recommended supplement by cardiologists, CoQ10 can mitigate imbalances caused by cholesterol-lowering statin medications.3 It plays a vital role in supplying energy to your heart and offers protection against oxidative stress and free radicals. Again, absorption is important with a CoQ10 supplement. So look for a product with superior absorption like Qunol Ultra CoQ10.
Bone broth is sold in powder form, usually flavored, and can be used in much the same way as regular protein powder. It is made from chicken (and sometimes beef) bones, including the ligaments and tendons. Commercial bone broth is pressure cooked to preserve the nutrients and there are many, including:
- Collagen - for skin and muscle health
- Chondroitin & glucosamine - for joint health
- Hyaluronic acid - for healthy, youthful skin
- Potassium - an important electrolyte for healthy muscles
- Calcium & magnesium - for bone health
While this list of nutrients looks impressive, no evidence exists proving the health benefits that bone broth promises.4
The main function of zinc is to support your immune response and new evidence is showing that this essential element may have anti-aging potential. Though this hasn’t been tested on humans as yet, clinical trials on rats show that zinc deficiency can speed up the aging process due to free radical damage.5 Some doctors see potential for zinc to provide anti-aging benefits in the way of UV protection.6 Many Americans don’t get enough zinc from the foods they eat, so it is a supplement worth adding to your diet. The recommended daily dose is no more than 40mg of zinc a day.
Getting older requires a different approach to nutrition, as our bodies’ natural levels of essential nutrients decline. Anti-aging supplements can help prevent nutrient deficiencies and boost your dietary needs, giving you extra support to maintain a healthy lifestyle and promote longevity.
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- Harvard Health: Bone Broth; September, 2015.
- Journal of Nutrition, Vol 139, Issue 9, September 2009; DOI: 10.3945/jn.109.106369.
- Pathobiology of Aging & Age-related Diseases, 5:1, DOI: 10.3402/pba.v5.25592.
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