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 modern world and here I have devised a list of the 10 best anti aging supplements and their benefits to help you to stay young and beautiful.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we think about all those aging factors that seem to be 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, that it all just seems impossible to stay on top of.
But don’t be disheartened: it’s true some things are 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 supplements will help keep your body’s detoxification systems thriving and you youthful, and in this post you will find all that you need to do this.
The science behind aging is all in our telomeres – these are little protective caps that are found at the end of every strand of our DNA and they prevent the cell from aging and eventually dying off. We love telomeres!
BUT the bad news is, 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 all of these nasty toxins from the inside we should be eating certain detoxifying foods as much as possible, and that is why it is very important you read this list of ‘Detoxification Foods’ and add them into your diet as MUCH as possible, this is for starters anyway.
Other methods of slowing down telomere aging:
Our ultimate goal when it comes to anti aging is to keep our telomeres from shortening as much as possible, this may lower our risk of age related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, alzheimers and, many types cancers.
There are lots of things we can do to slow down telomere aging that will have a very big impact on our everyday lives, the main being to make sure our body has all the nutrients it needs to detoxify itself to the best of its ability.
The body is in a constant state of detoxification, the liver and other organs are working 24/7 to transport the toxins and free radicals that enter it, either harmlessly out of the body, or stored into fat cells. These fat cells will then start to swell larger and larger as the body starts to lose the battle against the constant barrage of toxins it is exposed to. This is when you start to feel bad; tired, lethargic, bloated, dull skin and eyes, and brain fog are just some of the nasty side effects of toxic overload.
We literally need hundreds of vitamins, antioxidants and other enzymes to assist the body in ridding itself of waste products efficiently. In short, if we keep our bodies in a high state of detoxification then these free radicals and chemicals will have less or no effect on our telomere length, therefore slowing down the aging process.
Anti aging and diet:
To support this process it is vital you cut down from your diet, high fat anti-nutrient junk foods, such as ANYTHING deep fried, refined sugars, and refined carbohydrates, and add in lots of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and wholegrains.
Eating a mostly plant based low GI 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 health AND anti aging, so by eating healthily along with other ant aging supplements and a good exercise routine you 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, but 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 and mix them up etc.
1. KRILL OIL (My absolute favorite)
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 as it has a different composition, which makes it far easier for the body to absorb. It also contains the compound astaxanthin which keeps the krill oil compound stable and less likely to go rancid, as many others can. It is also pure and 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 the best krill oil to buy and more about ‘THE KRILL OILS AMAZING BENEFITS’.
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 free radicals in the body which attack DNA and break down collagen.
Vitamin C also helps greatly in the protection of our skin against the suns ultra violet rays. Take 500mg to 1000mg (maximum dosage) and depending on stomach tolerance.
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. Learn more about why it is so important you only consume naturally derived vitamin C and where to get it if you do decide it may be of help to you in my post ‘NATURAL VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENTS’.
This one works together with vitamin C and is one of the most important antioxidants for the skin because it protects cell membranes from free radical damage. And it is free radical damage that causes us to age!
The duo of C and E work together as a pair, and are free radical neutralising superstars. E stops free radicals from gaining entry into the cells, then hands them over to C for neutralisation. Vitamin E can also boosts immune health, reduces insulin resistance, helps negate cognitive decline, and also helps protect against some cancers.
Always look for natural vitamin E supplements with the prefix d-alpha as opposed to the synthetic dl-alpha version. Find out more on making sure you obtain the right kind of vitamin E in this post ‘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 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) as it improves blood circulation, which in turn also can enhance your libido. It is an amino acid which 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 right for you as it can have some side effects and certain people shouldn’t take it. Please find out more about this in ‘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 and is a fantastic anti ager. Glucoamine with chondroitin is really helpful for creaky joints, and can help build the cartilage that gets worn away as we age and through over use of joints.
If you are going to use this one as an anti ager then it is probably more cost efficient to only use it if you have other reasons to take it as it is primarily for the ease of joint pain. I have used this 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, as mentioned earlier, that it is so important to cut down on sugar and junk foods as much as possible from your diet. It has even been said that sugar is the FASTEST accelerator of the aging process that there is, which goes to prove what a true poison to the body it really is.
Sugar is everywhere and is MASSIVELY aging!
Sugar can come in many forms and is often disguised on food labels under many names. In fact, most of the food in your kitchen cupboard probably has some kind of sugar in it, even most savory foods that don’t even taste sweet are laden with sugar. Which just goes to show how accustomed our taste buds are to it.
It can be a nightmare to give up sugar – I’ve tried, and fortunately succeeded but it’s hard. Giving up refined sugar really made a huge difference to my skin and I now glow to the extent that I probably get somebody comment on it every day these days. If you would like to know how to cut down and eventually give up the white stuff you can find out more with this post ‘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, and 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 our liver (the body’s biggest detoxifying organ), and can protect us from antioxidant damage to our 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 now the the truly amazing benefits of turmeric. It is one of the most powerful anti aging herbs out there due to its active compound curcumin.
Its many other benefits include calming inflammation in the body, which can lead to cancers, arthritis, alzheimer’s and heart disease, and it can also 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 go around our body looking to pair themselves up with our healthy cells, and in the process cause lots of damage to our DNA – hence causing accelerated aging! the only way to stop this is to make damn sure we consume LOTS of antioxidants which are free radical scavengers.
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 and the very reason I take turmeric every day. Please read here how I make my own yummy ‘TURMERIC PASTE’.
9. MILK THISTLE
Milk thistle helps the liver to make the powerful antioxidants which help to generate new skin cells, which gives you a glowing complexion. 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 is a lot to choose from here and it 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 to take them for, such as the krill oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, turmeric and glucosamie. So my advice would be to find the ones that will suit you for other purposes also.
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 may just want to stick with some of the others if you have other issues that that particular supplement is good for.
Myself, as I a plant based eater who already consumes many antioxidants, I just take my homemade turmeric paste (recipe above), 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 and double up as fantastic anti aging supplements as well 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, is good for inflammation of the joints such as arthritis, can alleviate conditions such as degenerative brain disorders like alzheimer’s, and may also be helpful to diabetics to help control blood sugar. 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!