3 supps to feel younger

Con­sider adding these three sup­ple­ments to your daily rou­tine to roll back the years to look and feel younger

Men's Fitness - - Fuel | Supplements -

Age creeps up on us all. Lit­tle twinges be­come aches and pains and main­tain­ing mus­cle mass while keep the belly at bay be­comes a war of at­tri­tion against Old Father Time. But the bat­tle isn’t over yet, and adding these three sup­ple­ments to your diet - so long as you con­tinue to eat well, ex­er­cise in­tel­li­gently and get good-qual­ity sleep - can give your body a bet­ter chance of staying fight­ing fit for longer.

Get stronger joints

Glu­cosamine is an amino sugar and a ma­jor com­po­nent of car­ti­lage, which is the stuff that ab­sorbs the shock to your joints when you run, lift or do ply­o­met­ric drills like box jumps. As you age your car­ti­lage starts to lose the elas­tic­ity that pro­tects your joints and so be­comes less ef­fec­tive at do­ing its job. Tak­ing glu­cosamine, which is typ­i­cally made from shell­fish, can re­in­force car­ti­lage by stim­u­lat­ing the cells to pro­duce pro­teo­gly­cans, which can im­prove joint func­tion and mo­bil­ity. Aim for three daily doses of 500mg.

Add mus­cle faster

Glu­tamine is an amino acid that stud­ies sug­gest min­imises the break­down of mus­cle tis­sues dur­ing stren­u­ous ex­er­cise as well as im­prov­ing mus­cle syn­the­sis, which is the as­sim­i­la­tion of the pro­tein you eat into new tis­sue. Hav­ing ad­e­quate lev­els has also been linked to im­proved brain and gut health. You should al­ready get enough of this com­pound from your diet, but it can be worth tak­ing a sup­ple­ment if you’re un­der a lot of stress or train­ing harder than normal.

Bet­ter over­all health

Make sure you eat as many servings of fresh veg as pos­si­ble ev­ery day – then try adding a greens sup­ple­ment to fill any nu­tri­tional gaps you may have missed. Most pow­ders con­tain mul­ti­ple servings of veg­gies along with other highly ben­e­fi­cial com­pounds you’d be loath to eat in their nat­u­ral forms (think al­gae and grasses). You can drink it straight – if you have no sense of taste – or blend it into a break­fast shake or smoothie.

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