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Many vitamin supplements claim to have anti-aging properties. The term “anti-aging” is general and so there are many types of anti-aging supplements. Remember that aging is a complex process, and the best way to promote good health and healthy aging is to be sure that you are getting adequate amounts of a variety of nutrients.
Steer clear of anything that sounds too good to be true—don't buy something that says it will cure disease or eliminate every wrinkle with one dose.
Instead, if you are seeking anti-aging supplements, focus on those that contain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that are known to have health benefits.
For example, vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for overall health, but it is also an antioxidant. It has been used to prevent and treat medical conditions including those associated with aging, such as heart attacks and cancer.
Other components of anti-aging supplements are alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), DHEA, human growth hormone secretagogue (HGH), glutamine, melatonin, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), and various other antioxidants.
Some of these ingredients are less familiar than others, but all have shown some potential to in helping to reduce the effects of aging.
To highlight a few:
-Human growth hormone secretagogue (HGH) is produced naturally in the body by the pituitary gland. HGH secretion steadily declines with age, and supplements of HGH can improve immune function and increase energy and muscle strength.
-Glutamine promotes muscle growth and overall health in a number of ways. It is also important for brain and immune health.
-Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is relatively new on the anti-aging scene, but it may protect against heart problems. Research has shown CoQ10 supports a healthy cardiovascular system and immune system functions. It is also vital to energy production and cellular renewal. CoQ10 levels in the body decline with age, and skin may begin to show the signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Supplementing with CoQ10 may help defend your body against this aging process.
-N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a precursor to the production of glutathione, which is the body's primary cellular antioxidant. Glutathione helps ward off infection and aids in the production of many digestive enzymes.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|