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, which of course makes absolute sense when you think about it. Some of these things that affect our bodies are out of our control (such as environmental pollution), but luckily there are ways you can negate some of the toxic effects of the modern world.
In this post I have researched the 10 best anti aging supplements of 2019 that will help to keep you young and beautiful on the inside as well as the out.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you think about all these aging factors that are continually hitting you from all angles – I mean, all those environmental toxins flying about for a start. Then there’s the pollution of our food, water and air supply among MANY other things; it’s literally a minefield.
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, which prevent the cell from aging and eventually dying off. Yes, you’ve guessed it – we love telomeres, and need to keep them doing their job well.
BUT, the bad news is when these telomeres start shortening, we start to age! This happens through oxidative stress, which is mainly affected by lifestyle and environment; the biggest culprits being smoking, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, poor diet and environmental toxins.
To help your body to release these nasty toxins you should be eating lots of these detoxifying foods as much as possible, as they will help fight those aging free-radicals in your body to help delay, or even REVERSE the aging process. Yes, it’s possible that under the right circumstances the aging process can actually be reversed to some extent – though I guess that this has it’s limits, but hey, we’ll take it anyway huh?
List of Detoxifying foods
- Psyllium husk
- Broccoli sprouts
- Coriander/ Cilantro
- Linseed/ Flax seeds
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. And in doing so this may also naturally help lower your risks of other risk of age related diseases.
Fortunately, there are LOTS of things you can do to slow down the aging process that will also 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.
Keeping the body detoxifying efficiently slows down the aging process:-
The body is in a constant state of detoxification: your liver and other organs are beavering away 24/7 to transport toxins and free radicals either harmlessly out of the body, or off to be stored safely in fat cells.
But if these toxins get out of control, then the body starts losing the battle against the onslaught it is exposed to which means fat cells will start to swell larger and larger, and you will 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 that frustrating brain fog. All of these are just some of the nasty side effects of toxic overload in the body.
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.
The Anti-Aging 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 anti aging foods in the form of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and low GI wholegrains.
Eating a mostly whole food plant based 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.
The Best Anti Aging Supplements of 2019
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 work to your budget.
It is however always advisable to buy when possible organic food based supplements like the ones I have mentioned here, as these will have better bio-availability in the body (if you don’t do this then I can’t assure you of the same results). Remember, anti aging is so much more than just supplements alone and there’s no ‘magic pill’; plus, they 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 acid’s 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, that 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 others on the market.
One of my favorite benefits of krill is the fact that it’s highly sustainable as 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 the free radicals in the body that attack DNA and break down collagen. Sounds awesome, and something that we would ALL like to avoid where possible.
Vitamin C also helps greatly in the protection of skin against the sun’s ultra violet rays. You can supplement with 500mg to 1000mg (maximum dosage) depending on stomach tolerance.
Source your vitamin C as close to nature as possible-
Taking organically sourced 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. Please check out the link to find the best natural sources of vitamin E if you decide to add this supplement to your diet. It’s also important for you to find out whether you actually should be taking vitamin E as a supplement from a professional as it should not be taken otherwise, and to be on the safe side you should try and obtain though food sources instead.
This wonderful supplement can be great for your sex life (and sex 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, and for the sake of 100% safety, please find out more about whether l-arginine is right for you.
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 helps to banish 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 pure antioxidant extract and the form shown to be the most active.
Glucosamine sulphate is a compound that can help reduce wrinkles, fine lines and liver spots; and it 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, and I have used it myself as a supplement to help heal my knee joints after years of running on concrete and it really works great 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.
7. CHROMIUM PICOLINATE
Chromium Picolinate 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 find ways 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 make you sick faster than anything else.
Sugar is everywhere, and is MASSIVELY aging!
Sugar can come in 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 just goes to show how accustomed our taste buds are to it.
If you give up the ‘white stuff’ your skin will literally glow:-
It can be a nightmare to give up sugar – I’ve tried, and fortunately I succeeded – eventually; but I know it’s a VERY hard thing to do. 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 my skin almost every day. So my point is, if it’s beautiful skin you’re after, then cutting out sugar is one of the biggest factors.
Chromium picolinate may help decrease sugar cravings:-
Using chromium picolinate may help to stop those sugar cravings, especially in the early stages of sugar reduction, and may be worth trying to see if it works for you. It is also often used by people with type 2 diabetes as a supplement due to its effects on blood glucose; though if you are using it for this purpose then you must check with your doctor first, as my information on this is limited.
Chromium also helps protect against AGE’s (advanced glycation end-products, which speed up cell damage and cell death) that are encouraged by continually high sugar levels. Supplements of 200-400 mcg daily is the standard amount to take in supplement form.
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 the inflammation in the body which can lead to a variety of different disorders including some cancers, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and it can also help improve memory and skin health. It’s also another powerful antioxidant that neutralises free-radicals, whilst helping to boost the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Antioxidants are SO important in the fight against aging:-
Free radicals are those nasty little unpaired electrons that scavenge the body looking to pair themselves up with your healthy cells. In this process they do a lot of damage to your 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 using it daily in my food.
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 from 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), and is probably the best form to take it if you want to gain the highest anti-aging benefits.
10. MILK THISTLE
Milk thistle helps your liver to make the powerful antioxidants that are needed to generate skin cells. These are what will give you that much sought after glowing complexion, which makes 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 – so it would be good to take these in combination. (Though I do recommend you get your quota of vitamin E from vitamin E rich foods, and not the supplement).
Milk thistle is a well known detoxifier that may help 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.
11. Green superfood powders
Something that never fails to give you a glow if you need a fast fix for a hot date 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 are great to use 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, or sparkle in your eyes fast.
Green powders – an all in one anti aging supplement!
Green supefood POWDERS REALLY WORK! (sorry for shouty capitals, but they are warranted here as these amazing powders really transformed my health). They are not just good for your skin (that’s just a secondary but welcomed side effect), but are also great for detoxifying and alkalising your body for a higher state of all round good health in general. They’re also fantastic to take before a work-out for an energy boost, plus their anti inflammatory effects help stop muscle aches and pains afterwards.
Each different powder has its own unique properties so it’s worth looking into finding one that’s right for you, and sometimes the blends are great as you get the best of everything. Check out these fantastic new products on the market right now; it’s literally never been a better time to take advantage of the powerful superfoods now easily available to us and build yourself a strong, powerful healthy body that will last you a lifetime.
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, glucosamine, and of course the green powders (which I believe everybody should use anyway). 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’re a very healthy eater and you already take in lots of antioxidants then you won’t need extra vitamin E and C, therefore you can stick with some of the other nutrients that you may not necessarily get enough of through your diet alone.
Make your supplements relevant to other bodily issues:-
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 everything. This is how you too should tailor your own anti aging supplements to you specifically.
Everybody should use turmeric!
It has now been shown in respected studies that turmeric is such an amazing spice that it’s definitely worth incorporating it into your diet, providing they can tolerate it of course and you don’t have any contradictory reasons not to.
It has so many potential uses: it is a powerful anti inflammatory that helps ease inflammation of the joints such as with arthritis, it can alleviate degenerative brain disorders such Alzheimer’s, and may also be helpful for diabetics needing to control blood sugar levels. All of these reasons make it a top anti aging supplement.
WARNING: Don’t take turmeric continually; it is best to take breaks from it every now and then for a few weeks as it has been associated with kidney stones in long term use. But don’t let this put you off unless you are especially at risk of kidney stones, as its benefits far outweigh its risks.
I would love to hear of your own experience with anti aging products and how well they’ve worked for you, and I would also be happy to help you should you have trouble picking out what is best for you. Please feel free to make a comment or ask any questions below. Thanks for stopping by!