There’s a science behind looking and feeling simply amazing and it’s a relatively simple one – you ARE everything that you put in and on your body. But there are ways you can negate some of the effects of the toxins in our modern world, and in this post I have researched the 10 best anti aging supplements and their benefits, to help keep you young and beautiful!
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we think about all those aging factors that are continually hitting us from all angles. All of those environmental toxins flying about for a start, and then there’s the pollution of our food, water, and air supply, among MANY other things, making it all just seem impossible to stay on top of.
Of course, aging is the nature of life, and t’s true that some things are indeed out of our control, but there are ways to negate and ultimately combat ALL OF THE ABOVE. Some simple lifestyle changes and a few good quality anti aging vitamins and supplements will help keep your body’s detoxification systems thriving, and you youthful.
The science behind aging is all in your telomeres – these are little protective caps that are found at the end of every strand of your DNA and they prevent the cell from aging and eventually dying off. We love telomeres!
BUT the bad news is, when these telomeres start shortening, we start to age. This happens through oxidative stress, which is of course affected by our lifestyle and environment. The biggest factors of oxidative stress being smoking, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, poor diet, and environmental toxins.
To help the body to release these nasty toxins from the inside, we should be eating detoxifying foods as much as possible.
Other methods of slowing down telomere aging:
The ultimate goal when it comes to anti aging is to keep your telomeres from shortening as much as possible; this may also help lower our risk of age related diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, alzheimer’s, and many types cancers.
There are lots of things you can do to slow down telomere aging that will have a very big impact on our everyday life, the main being to make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs to detoxify itself to the best of its ability. This means lots of foods high in antioxidants.
Keeping the body detoxifying efficiently is hugely beneficial for anti aging:-
The body is in a constant state of detoxification: the liver and other organs are working 24/7 to transport toxins and free radicals, either harmlessly out of the body, or to be stored into fat cells.
But if things get out of control, then these fat cells will start to swell larger and larger as the body loses this battle against the onslaught of toxins it is exposed to. This is when you start to feel and look not too clever – as in tired, lethargic, bloated, dull skin and eyes, and brain fog. All of these are just some of the nasty side effects of toxic overload.
We literally need hundreds of vitamins, antioxidants and other enzymes from detoxifying foods to assist the body in ridding itself of waste products efficiently.
In short, if you keep your body in a high state of detoxification, then free radicals and chemicals will have less, or no effect on telomere length, therefore slowing down the aging process.
Anti-aging and diet:
To support this process it is vital you cut down drastically from your diet, high fat anti-nutrient junk foods, such as ANYTHING deep fried, refined sugars, and refined carbohydrates. Instead you should add in lots of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and wholegrains.
Eating a mostly low GI plant based diet will offer you the most protection against aging from the inside out. What you put into your precious body really is the cornerstone of not only anti aging, but health in general, therefore eating healthily, along with other ant aging supplements and a good exercise routine, will offer you the best protection possible.
10 BEST ANTI AGING SUPPLEMENTS
You don’t need to take all of these supplements to get the anti aging benefits, however, they won’t interact with each other if you do as they all work in different ways.
For the purpose of my work I have personally tried, tested, and seen benefits from all of them, and sometimes I take breaks from certain ones or mix them up. You don’t need to take them all if course, just find what suits you and your budget – remember anti aging is so much more than just supplements alone!
1. KRILL OIL (#1 anti aging supplement)
This marvelous source of omega 3 fatty acids will not only keep your skin soft and supple, but will help prevent heart disease, and lower LDL cholesterol.
The latest research suggests krill oil to be far superior to other omega 3 fish oils because of its unique composition, thetefore making it far easier for the body to absorb.
Krill contains a compound called astaxanthin which keeps the krill oil compound itself stable. This makes it less likely to go rancid the way other oils can: it is also a pure fish that contains no traces of mercury unlike many other fish oils on the market.
One of my favorite benefits of krill oil is it is highly sustainable and less than 1% of krill are utilized each year for their oil. Find out more about krill oils amazing other benefits here.
2. VITAMIN C
As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps prevent skin from drying out, which in turn helps prevent wrinkles from forming. It also helps form collagen; repairs and firms the skin; and helps fight the free radicals in the body which attack DNA and break down collagen.
Vitamin C also helps greatly in the protection of skin against the suns ultra violet rays. Take 500mg to 1000mg (maximum dosage) depending on stomach tolerance.
Source your vitamin C as close to nature as possible
Taking organic Vitamin C that is derived straight from plant sources, such as the acerola berry, is BY FAR more preferable and closer to nature than the laboratory made synthetic versions. Read here for more on ‘NATURAL VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENTS’.
This one works together with vitamin C, and is one of the most important antioxidants for the skin as it protects cell membranes from free radical damage. And it is free radical damage that causes us to age!
The duo of vitamin C and E work together as a pair and are free radical neutralising superstars! E stops free radicals from gaining entry into the cells, it then hands them over to C for neutralisation.
Vitamin E can also boosts immune health, reduce insulin resistance, help negate cognitive decline, and may also help protect against some cancers.
Always look for natural vitamin E supplements with the prefix d-alpha, as opposed to the synthetic dl-alpha version. If you would like to know more about the the right kind of vitamin E oil supplements, then check out this post for details ‘THE BEST VITAMIN E OIL’.
RESVERATROL is a phenol containing an antioxidant that is mostly found in red wine, red grape skins, peanuts and raspberries. It can help alleviate the inflammation that leads to the aging of the inside of the body and wrinkly skin.
In supplement form (which is really the only way to get the dosage needed for therapeutic effect) you should look for trans-veratrol on the label, as this is the form shown to be the most active.
This wonderful supplement can be great for your sex life (which in itself will keep you young…just saying!) as it improves blood circulation, which in turn also can enhance your libido.
L-arginine is an amino acid that encourages the release of a growth hormone from the pituitary gland. These hormones help you to burn fat and increase lean muscle mass, all of which help you to look younger.
Before you think about taking L-arginine you must be sure that it is OK for you, as it can have some side effects, and certain people shouldn’t take it. Please find out more about this here ‘USES AND SIDE EFFECTS OF L-ARGININE’.
Glucosamine is a compound that can help reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and liver spots, and keeps the skin moisturised from the inside out. It helps induce your skins production of collagen (a great thing), and is a fantastic anti ager.
Glucoamine with chondroitin is really helpful for creaky joints as it ncan help build the cartilage that gets worn away, not only as we age, but through over use of joints.
If you are going to use this one as an anti ager specifically then it is probably more cost efficient to only use it if you have other reasons to take it. It is primarily for the ease of joint pain: I have used it myself as a supplement to help heal my knee joints after years of running on concrete and it WORKS!
1500 mg per day is usually needed to see results, and as it is derived from shellfish you should steer clear if you have allergies.
To find out if glucosamine may be suitable for you, then I advise you do some more in depth reading before you purchase. Find out more here ‘GLUCOSAMINE BENEFITS’.
Chromium decreases sugar cravings (sugar in itself promotes faster aging), and high blood sugar levels are a BIG FACTOR in the aging process. This is why that it is so important to cut down on sugar and junk foods as much as possible from your diet.
It is becoming apparent now that sugar is the fastest accelerator of the aging process FULL STOP. Only proving what we already know, that sugar is poisonous to the body in every way, shape, and form.
Sugar is everywhere and is MASSIVELY aging!
Sugar can come in so many forms, and is often disguised on food labels under many sudo names. Too many to mention here.
In fact, most of the food in your kitchen cupboard probably has some kind of sugar in it, and most savory foods that don’t even taste sweet are laden with sugar, going to show how accustomed our taste buds are to it.
If you give up the ‘white stuff’ your skin will glow:
It can be a nightmare to give up sugar – I’ve tried, and fortunately succeeded eventually, but it’s hard. Giving up refined sugar really made a HUGE difference to my skin and (not to blow my own trumpet) but I now glow to the extent that I probably get somebody comment on my skin it every day.
If you would like to know how to cut down and eventually give up the white stuff, you can find out more here ‘Quitting Sugar the Easy Way’.
Chromium picolinate may help decrease sugar cravings:
Taking chromium supplements can help to stop sugar cravings, especially in the early stages of sugar reduction. It is often used by people with type 2 diabetes as a supplement for this very reason, though I cannot comment on it’s effectiveness for diabetics. BUT chromium does help protect against AGE’s (advanced glycation end- products which speed up cell damage and cell death) which are encouraged by continually high sugar levels.
It also helps protect your liver (the body’s biggest detoxifying organ), and can protect you from antioxidant damage to the brain, eyes, and arteries. Supplements of 200-400 mcg daily can help keep sugar cravings under control, and may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, MS, PMS, and premature aging.
This herb has been aiding beauty, among many other things, for thousands of years, and has well and truly stood the test of time. In fact, scientists are only just discovering the truly amazing benefits of turmeric. It is one of the most powerful anti aging herbs there is, due to its active compound curcumin.
Its many other benefits include, calming inflammation in the body which can lead to some cancers, arthritis alzheimer’s, and heart disease, and can help improve memory and skin health. It is also a powerful antioxidant that neutralises free-radicals, and helps to boost the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Antioxidants are just SO important in the fight against aging!
Free radicals are those nasty little unpaired electrons that scoot around the body looking to pair themselves up with our healthy cells. In the process they cause lots of damage to our DNA – thus causing accelerated aging! The only way to stop this is to make damn sure we consume LOTS of free radical scavenging antioxidants.
These antioxidants are found in all colourful fruits and vegetables (the more brightly coloured the better), which is why it is so important we eat them in abundance.
FYI the curcumin found in TURMERIC is literally one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man, making it the very reason I take turmeric myself every day. Please read here how I make my own yummy ‘TURMERIC PASTE’.
9. MILK THISTLE
Milk thistle helps your liver to make the powerful antioxidants needed to generate the new skin cells. This is what will give you that much sought after glowing complexion making this a great anti aging herbal supplement. It also works with the other antioxidants vitamins, C and E – both of which fight aging free-radical damage in their own right.
Milk thistle is a well known detoxifier that can decrease, or even reverse damage done to the liver by alcohol, heavy metals, and drugs. It can help lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, fight DNA damage (hence its anti aging effects), lower insulin resistance, and boost skin health by inhibiting UV induced oxidative stress.
This amazing Chinese herb has actually been shown to elongate telomeres, which we now know improve longevity, immune function, and cognitive decline. Dosage is 20-50 mg daily. It can also be found in the form of astragalosides, which is the active compound extracted from the herb.
SO WHICH SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD I TAKE?
I know there iare a lot to choose from on this list, which can be a bit overwhelming, so I will break it down a bit for you to help you decide. Most of them have more than just the anti aging reason for taking them, such as the krill oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, turmeric, and glucosamine. So my advice would be to find the ones that will suit you for other purposes also, that way you are killing 2 or 3 birds with one stone.
If you are a very healthy eater and you already take in lots of antioxidants, then you may not need extra vitamin E and C, therefore you can stick with some of the others that you may not necessarily get enough of through your diet.
Myself, as I a plant based eater who already consumes many antioxidants, I just take my homemade turmeric paste (recipe here), fish oils to keep my brain oiled up, glucosamine for my knees, and sometimes I take chromium at certain times of the month when I am having hormone fluctuations, and those dreaded sugar cravings.
ALL of these are on the above list that happen to double up as fantastic anti aging supplements too, so I get the best of both worlds.
Everybody should take turmeric!
It has now been proven that turmeric is such an amazing spice that absolutely EVERYBODY should be taking it daily, providing they can tolerate it of course.
It has so many potential uses: it is a powerful anti inflammatory, anti cancer, anti inflammation of the joints, such as in arthritis, can alleviate conditions such as degenerative brain disorders like alzheimer’s, and may also be helpful for diabetics needing to control blood sugar levels. All of these make it a top anti aging supplement!
I would love to hear of your own anti aging products and how well they’ve worked for you. Please feel free to make a comment or ask any questions below. Thanks for stopping by!