Supplements that slow the aging process
What kind of vitamins should I take?. The answer to this question is constantly changing. Different people have different needs. Some things to keep in mind when choosing supplements are your age, your gender, current health problems, and hereditary risk factors. To help control damage and delay the aging process, a program of Ubiquinol, L-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, probiotics, resveratrol, Vitamin D3, vitamins E and C is a must to begin with. There are other supplements that help with the aging process, retards it and I will discuss later the purpose of each.
What I look for before I purchase a brand of supplements is that they are formulated with non GMO ingredients and they meet the highest standards with in their purest natural form. I make sure they are made in the USA so I know the ingredients are what they say, and they are from a reputable company . You have to really research before you buy any supplement. Let’s face it if you see Ubiquinol priced at 9.99 you can bet that product is inferior and of poor quality.
Ubiquinol -I want to officially kickoff my new website by talking about something that I think of as one of the most important substances in the human body, Coenzyme Q10. For those who don’t know, Coenzyme Q10 is sort of the spark of youthfulness. It’s naturally produced, can be found in every cell in the body and is both a nutrient and antioxidant. When you’re young your cells practically brim with Coenzyme Q10 but as you age the levels drop dramatically, and with it so does your joie de vivre.
At about 35 or 40 your levels of Coenzyme Q10 start to take their steep fall but, worse, your body starts to lose the ability to absorb CoQ10. But there is a remedy, Ubiquinol. I have been taking Ubiquinol for more than twenty years and I swear by it. I started taking it for my teeth originally. Ubiquinol is great for oral health, it reduces the depth of gum pockets, limits tooth mobility, bleeding, redness and infection, things I had struggled with for years. Then I discovered there was a lot more to it, on top of everything else it enhances the immune system and strengthens the body’s ability to fight off bacteria. I credit it with not only keeping my mouth young and healthy but fueling my every cell in my body like the tiny powerhouses.
I take 100 units, four times a day with a meal or some organic peanut butter. As with everything I put in my body I have done a lot of research on Ubiquinol and think Life Extension offers the best version, it’s non-GMO and the company has a stellar reputation, I trust them implicitly. You can find the product I use clicking here.
One more thing on Ubiquinol. Studies suggest that taking statins can deplete your natural levels of CoQ10, it’s so important that if you are on statins (something we’ll talk about later on) you should absolutely be using Ubiquinol.
As Old As Civilization –Probiotics
The science and advantages of probiotics are nearly as old as civilization. The pre-Socratic philosopher Thales wrote in the second century BCE that the Thracians, a mysterious people mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, lived to be more than a hundred years old by virtue of their understanding of the bacterias of the stomach and that their warriors were strong and fearsome because they ingested fermented milk before battles. Though the Thracians may not have fully understood the science, they were onto something that remains as true today as it was then, certain bacterias of the gut are instrumental in good health and longevity and the way we come by these good bacterias in the contemporary world is through the ingestion of probiotics.
There are more than 700 different bacterial types living in the human body and the greater their diversity the better it is for their host, us. They have a positive impact on every aspect of human health from stress to depression to blood sugar levels to aging to digestion. And in a modern world filled with various contaminants and toxins they provide an exceptional defense, reinforcing your immune system while protecting you from autoimmune dysfunction. And I haven’t even mentioned how great they are for the skin. As reported in Life Extention Magazine ” Scientists have discovered that disruption of the balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut contributes to the development of chronic conditions such as autoimmune disorders, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, and more.”
I take a probiotic every morning to ensure a healthy gut and if I find myself taking antibiotics (something that rarely happens) I will make sure to take my probiotic two hours apart from the antibiotic until I’ve finished the regimen, then I’ll take a probiotic twice daily for another week afterward to restore the bacteria to my stomach and then go back to once per day after that.
I recommend taking a probiotic supplement every day—even on the days I am able to eat fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, or some pickled foods I still take my regular dose and I’d suggest you should, too. The brand I use and like is Probiotic Hx from Invite Health. it is non-GMO. dairy free, vegetarian and it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Great for traveling. Click on the bottle to buy
Resveratrol – a powerful antioxidant having anti aging properties (another one of my secrets!)
Looking youthful on the outside is great but feeling healthy with a working mind in your 60’s is really what it is all about. I realized when I was younger that taking care of myself health wise would most likely slow down the aging process. It paid off for me. I have a lot of energy and I feel good spiritually, mentally and sexually. I knew I wanted to be sharp and not forgetful as I aged. So I started taking resveratrol about 7 or 8 years ago. It is a very powerful antioxidant also known for having anti-aging properties. Antioxidants benefit the body by neutralizing and removing the free radicals from the bloodstream. Resveratrol is a natural compound found in red grape skin, Japanese knotweed (polygonum cuspidatum), peanuts, blueberries and some other berries.
These powerful substances, which mostly come from the fresh fruits and vegetables, prohibit, and in some cases even prevent, the chain reaction of free radicals attacking cells in the body. If free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases. Resveratrol has also been shown to improve cerebral blood flow, which is part of its protective effects against vascular dementia, as well as stroke. A 2010 in the Journal of Neuroinflammation found that even one single dose of resveratrol can improve blood flow to your brain.
Resveratrol also has the ability to reverse the impact of aging at the genetic level. Resveratrol slows aging of the important genes in your brain, your heart, and your muscles, which is crucial because these genes are responsible for the health and function of your brain, heart, and other vital organs throughout the aging process.
The company I buy resveratrol from is Invite health. As I’ve mentioned before, I like Invite Health for many reasons— its products are non-GMO, the capsules are liquid-filled vegetarian for efficient absorption, they have a technology to protect the sensitive Resveratrol ingredient from oxygen and light, which otherwise causes the resveratrol to decay and it is a trusted company that follows Good Manufacturing practices. Invite health brand of resveratrol adds Quercetin and Grape Seed Extract to support and amplify the benefits of Resveratrol. Polygonum cuspidatum, also known as the giant knotweed plant, is a traditional herbal medicine that provides a stable source of resveratrol. In Japan, giant knotweed is nutritious enough to be eaten as a vegetable. Plant extracts are capable of replacing grapes and wine-making byproducts due to a higher concentration of the active ingredient, trans-resveratrol.
When buying any vitamin or supplement one should research the company, their practices on how it is made and what goes into the supplement. Also, reading a lot-and I mean a lot-of studies and info on supplements helps a great deal. Life Extension is a great magazine to read, delivered every month with studies and why and how on health and nutrition. Click here to inquire about a subscription.Magazine Subscription