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 luckily there are ways you can negate some of the toxic effects of the 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; the environmental toxins flying about for a start, and then there’s the pollution of our food, water, and air supply among MANY other things.
Of course, aging is the nature of life; and it’s true that some things are indeed out of our control, but there are also many 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. Yes, you’ve guessed it, 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 mainly affected by our lifestyle and environment. The biggest factors of this oxidative stress are smoking, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, poor diet, and environmental toxins.
To help the body to release these nasty toxins from the inside, you should be eating specific detoxifying foods and antioxidant rich foods as much as possible. These will help fight the aging free-radicals in your body and delay and even REVERSE the aging process.
Other methods of slowing down telomere aging:-
The ultimate goal when it comes to anti aging, is to keep your telomere’s from shortening as much as possible; this may also help lower other risk of age related diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and many types of cancer.
Fortunately, there are LOTS of things you can do to slow down telomere aging that will have a major impact on other aspects of your everyday life; the main being your body will have all the nutrients it needs to detoxify itself to the best of its ability. To do this adequately you will need to be eating lots of foods high in antioxidants (see link above).
Keeping the body detoxifying efficiently slows down the aging process:-
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 off to be stored safely into fat cells.
But if these toxins get out of control then the body starts losing the battle against the onslaught of toxins it is exposed to, therefore these fat cells will start to swell larger and larger. This is when you start to feel and look, to put it nicely, not your best – you will be tired, lethargic, and bloated, with dull skin, listless 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 even 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 (especially), refined sugars, and refined carbohydrates. Instead you should be adding 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 anti aging supplements (like those in the list below), 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 (some more than others) and sometimes I take breaks from certain ones, or mix them up. You don’t need to take them all of course as that would probably be overload, just find what suits you and your budget.
It is however, always advisable to buy when possible organic food based supplements like the ones on the list below, as these will have better bio-availability in the body. Remember anti aging is so much more than just supplements alone; there is no ‘magic pill’ (if there was I’d be rich by now) and it MUST be used alongside a healthy diet for maximum results.
1. KRILL OIL (No.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 also lower LDL cholesterol.
The latest research suggests krill oil to be far superior to other omega 3 fish oils because of its unique composition, 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 is it is highly sustainable, and less than 1% of krill are utilized each year for their oil.
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 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.
Vitamin E works closely together with vitamin C and is one of the most important antioxidants for the skin. It protects cell membranes from free radical damage – and as it’s free radical damage that causes us to age, this one really is essential!
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, 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.
This wonderful supplement can be great for your sex life (which in itself will keep you young – just saying) because it improves blood circulation, which in turn 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. Before you buy, please find out more here.
Resveratrol is a phenol containing an antioxidant that is mostly found in red wine, red grape skins, peanuts, and raspberries. It helps 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.
Glucosamine sulphate is a compound that can help reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and liver spots; and also helps keep the skin moisturised from the inside out. It does this by inducing your skins production of collagen (this is a good thing, as high collagen levels in skin keep it plump and youthful), making it a fantastic anti ager.
Glucoamine with chondroitin is also helpful for any creaky joints you may have. It has has the ability to help build cartilage that gets worn away, not only as you age, but through over use of joints from any number of reasons, high impact sports being the most common.
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 for this!
1500 mg per day is usually needed to see results, but do remember as it is derived from shellfish you should steer clear if you have allergies.
Chromium Picoloinate 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 it’s just SO important to cut out sugar and junk foods as much as possible from your diet.
It has become apparent in recent years that sugar is the fastest accelerator of the aging process, full stop. Which only goes to prove what we already know – that sugar is poisonous to the body in every way, shape and form, and will age you and probably kill you quicker than anything else!
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 in this post, but you can find a list of the different names sugar is termed under 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 often laden with sugar, which goes 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) I now glow to the extent that I probably get somebody comment on my skin almost every day.
Find out how to quit sugar for good, and rid this highly aging demon from your life as soon as you can if you really want to get glowing.
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 its effects on blood glucose; though I cannot comment on it’s effectiveness for diabetics I have read in my research that it is a good supplement for this. If you happen to be diabetic then you may want to do your own further research into this
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 also help prevent diabetes, heart disease, MS, PMS, and premature aging.
This spice has been aiding beauty, among many other things, for literally thousands of years so has well and truly stood the test of time. In fact, scientists are only just discovering the truly amazing benefits of turmeric. Due to its active compound curcumin it is one of the most powerful known anti aging spices.
Its many other benefits include, calming inflammation in the body which can lead to some cancers; arthritis; Alzheimer’s, heart disease; and it can help improve memory and skin health. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that neutralises free-radicals whilst helping 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 this process they do a lot of damage to our DNA – thus causing accelerated aging. The only way to stop this is to make doubly sure you 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, and the very reason I never skip on this supplement. Make your own yummy TURMERIC PASTE, or invest in a good quality turmeric supplement.
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, or you can but the tinctures of most herbalists if you prefer that to a tablet form.
It can also be found in the form of astragalosides, which is the active compound extracted from the herb.
10. MILK THISTLE
Milk thistle helps your liver to make the powerful antioxidants that are needed to generate the skin cells. These are 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.
Green superfood powders:-
Something that never fails to give you a glow if you need a fast fix is green superfood powders such as barley grass, spirulina, chlorella, and moringa. They are just a wonderful, healthful boost of antioxidants, chlorophyl, and enzymes that will boost your health into the stratosphere (as well as your skin).
Some are so powerful you can feel them working within 20 minutes; they boost energy (so great when you feel like that nap in the afternoon, OR you can take them when you want to see a noticeable glow in your skin and sparkle in your eyes very quickly.
An all in one anti aging supplement!
Green supefoods really work, not just for your skin, but for detoxifying and alkalising your body for better health and in the fight against many diseases. They’re just great to take before a work-out for an energy boost, and their anti inflammatory effects help stop muscle aches and pains AND boosts weight loss.
Each has its own properties and so it’s worth looking into finding one that’s right for you; sometimes the blends are great as you get the best of everything. There are lots of fantastic new products on the market, therefore it’s never been a better time to take advantage of the fact that these now available superfoods can build us strong, powerful, healthy bodies.
Take a closer look at what’s out there – I have sourced and reviewed the cream of the crop in this list of the Top Green Superfood Powders of 2018
SO WHICH SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD I TAKE?
I know there are a lot to choose from which can be a bit overwhelming, so lets break it down a bit 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 alone.
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, and they 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 degenerative brain disorders such 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 experience with 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!