Healthy Aging All-Stars
In addition to Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids mentioned above, here are four more supplements you should consider incorporating into your antiaging routine.
More studies are showing the beneficial effects of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) on neurodegeneration, with particular regard to Alzheimer’s disease. Accumulating evidence in mice models indicates a rescuing role of ascorbic acid in premature aging — supplementation appeared to halt cell growth and oxidative stress, and extend lifespan. The Vitamin C Foundation recommends that every man, woman, and child over the age of 3 consume at least 3,000 mg daily.
Collagen is the most common protein found in the body and a vital building block for skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. It helps keep your skin looking young and your joints working smoothly. But as we age, the body produces less collagen, leading to joint pain, decreased muscle mass, and saggy skin. Collagen peptides have been shown to help with skin dryness — a common sign of aging skin. Additional antiaging effects, such as improved skin elasticity, have also been observed.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring enzyme containing antioxidants that promote proper cardiac health. A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension concluded that CoQ10 has the potential to lower blood pressure. Plus, studies show that cardiovascular disease and inflammation are alleviated by CoQ10’s antioxidant properties.
Because aging is associated with loss of muscle mass and limited mobility, it’s essential to stimulate protein synthesis in older individuals. Branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) can help: Specifically, studies show that leucine is the most potent of the BCAAs for the stimulation of muscle protein synthesis.