Healthy Ag­ing All-Stars

Amazing Wellness - - HERBAL HEALING -

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.

VI­TA­MIN C

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

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.

COQ10

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.

BCAAS

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.

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