Are you over 40 and feeling the stress of aging on your skin with your health? Perhaps you are starting to develop (deep) wrinkles or you experience other signs of premature aging. It is possible you may need a little extra help from anti-aging supplements to boost your immune system and help the restoration process of your skin.
How do you choose an anti-aging supplement?
There are many to choose from as more and more supplements are developed especially for anti-aging. So it is hard to choose without any prior knowledge. We did some research as to which supplements are the most popular for anti-aging. Please see our list below.
The 6 best anti-aging supplements
L-Carnosine helps to stop glycation (which disrupts normal metabolic function and can result in health risks). In addition it blocks amyloid production, the substance found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and is said to have anti-cancer effects and act as an immunity booster.
Suggested dose is 50-150 mg daily.
Tri-Methy-Glycine is also known as ‘Betaine’. This helps to balance Methylation, another factor in aging. Not so easy to explain but it is a process that makes sure that all molecules, DNA and proteiens function as they should. For example if the important serotonin (also called the feel good brain chemical) is not methylated properly it can become inactive which in turn may lead to depression). The key is to have your body’s methylation at an optimal and balanced level, to keep your body in peak condition. It is also said to protect DNA and so may slow cell ageing.
Suggested dose 500-2000 mg daily
It’s best to be used together with B vitamins, B6 and B12 and folic acid
Essential fatty acids
These assist with combatting chronic inflammation in the body. Omega 3 and 6 have proven to be very important for body and mind function. Omega 6 can be found in borage and evening primrose and omega 6 can be found in fish oils.
Other supplements that assist with chronic inflammation are Glutathione, Carnosine, Tumeric and Alpha Lipooic Acid
Suggested dose: 500- 2,000 mg daily
This is an important anti-oxident that helps fight off the free radicals and protect the brain and its neurological tissues. It can also help to regenerate other antioxidants like vitamin C, E and gluthione. Other recommended anti-oxidants include L-Glutathiione and green tea.
Suggested dose: 60- 80 mg daily
Resveratrol seems to be new rage in anti-aging. It has only been recently discovered and is said to help to retain healthy liver function. It counteracts the effects of an unhealthy diet and helps with the reduction of fat. It also works as a powerful antioxidant.
Naturally found in grapes, Japanese knotweed and peanuts.
Suggested dose 50-100 mg daily
Boron, Calcium and magnesium
Osteoporosis is a common old-age issue and calcium together with Boron and magnesium helps to prevent it. Boron improves calcium absorption and reduces the amount of calcium excreted in the urine.
DOSE: boron 3 mg daily, calcium 1200 mg daily, coupled with 300-400 mg of magnesium.
Much of our aging is due to sub-optimal hormone levels. Some hormones decline and may lead to aging symptoms. These hormones include human growth hormone, melatonin, DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.
Hormone balancing is a complicated issue with much debate whether or not to use synthetic hormone balance or use bio-identicals. Hormone balancing can help get your energy (back) and may assist in keeping your weight under control. In any case you should not take any hormonal supplements without consulting a doctor first. Hormone balance is an important subject area in itself and we will return to this in later articles.