8 Anti-Aging Supplements To Turn Back The Clock

For many people, the signs of aging are something we want to delay. Wrinkles, crows feet, laughter lines… they’re all part of growing old and experienced (and signs of a good life!), but they aren’t always thought of as the most attractive of features. The signs of aging aren’t just reserved for our face, either. With time, also comes a decrease in mobility, memory, and metabolism.

But that doesn’t mean you have to sit back and wait for old age to take its toll.

To help you fight the onset of aging and make you feel like Benjamin Button, here are our top 8 anti-aging supplements that can help you extend the vitality of youth!

1. Fisetin

High in antioxidants, this plant chemical is found in apples, cucumbers, onions, and strawberries. Similarly to other antioxidants, it can effectively help to reduce inflammation and cell damage caused by free radicals. Fisetin has also been proven to make your cells more efficient at regenerating, helping to keep skin and hair youthful and glowing. A recent study has also proven the senolytic effect of Fisetin (the act of clearing away the dysfunctional cells that accumulate with aging), leading researchers to believe that Fisetin can increase your lifespan! [1]

Quick Fix:

You can up your Fisetin intake by eating more fruits and vegetables that contain the chemical, or take a supplement of Fisetin – which has been attributed to increased cognitive function and memory! [2]

2. Whey Protein

Originally popular with bodybuilders and gym-goers, this easy-to-use and inexpensive protein source is becoming more and more widely used among us average Janes – thanks to its anti-aging effects, too! Whey is a protein found in milk and a by-product of cheese production. It’s considered to be the ultimate source of protein, thanks to its exceptional profile of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). Whey provides your liver with the amino acids it needs to build glutathione – your body’s defense against toxins. Whey has also been proven to support brain function and reduce the amount of natural muscle-mass lost with age. [3]

Quick Fix:

You can find whey protein in most grocery stores these days, but make sure you’re picky with your protein. Avoid Isolate whey, as the heating process destroys the glutathione supporters. Instead, choose a natural whey protein that’s low in sugar and fat, and mix it with either water or milk for a tasty shake!

3. Collagen Protein

Similar to the benefits of whey protein, collagen protein is a great addition to your diet as you age. Collagen is the most common protein in the body, and it provides structure to your skin, bones, muscles and connective tissues. As we age, our natural collagen production deteriorates, which is why wrinkles occur.  By increasing your collagen intake, you will feed your skin with the nutrients to keep it firm, plump and youthful. Collagen also helps you to get a good night’s sleep thanks to a property called glycine, and more sleep will result in better cognitive function and overall health.

Quick Fix:

Bone broth is known to be the best way to increase your collagen intake naturally, but collagen powders are also available for daily use. Make sure you buy a supplement from grass-fed cows and try it added to your morning smoothie!

4. Polyphenols

Whenever you eat a brightly colored food, you’re feeding your body with much-needed polyphenols! Blueberries, grapes, red cabbage, even coffee, all contain this essential antioxidant in abundance. Polyphenols protect your brain from stress and free radical damage and can aid your memory recall that slows down as we age. [4]

Quick Fix:

You’d have to eat A LOT of blueberries each day to get the recommended dose of polyphenols [5], so instead, taking a supplement is an easier – and less sugary – alternative. Look for a supplement that is 100% natural for the best results. [6]

5. Zinc

Zinc is known for supporting your immune system and helping to regulate mood, sleep, and energy. As we age, our immune functions decrease, and we are more prone to illness, so topping up our zinc intake is beneficial. As well as the mood-boosting properties of zinc, it’s also essential for keeping our skin smooth and wrinkle-free. The top layers of your skin’s dermis have 5 times more zinc than the lower dermal layers, helping to protect your skin from pollutants and other stressors.  Zinc is one of the most powerful nutrients for the repair and rejuvenation of your skin.

Quick Fix:

Zinc is found in many nuts, seeds, and pulses, but only in small doses. Zinc supplements are one of the most common supplements on the market, but there are many different types for different budgets. Zinc gluconate is the most popular form and is available over-the-counter. Zinc citrate boasts similar benefits but also has a less bitter, more appealing taste.

6. Curcumin

Also known as Turmeric, curcumin is the compound that gives this well-known spice its bright yellow hue. Curcumin blocks the production of inflammatory cells and therefore puts you at less risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s’, heart disease and diabetes. [7] Curcumin provides the body with antioxidants to improve immune function, and can even provide joint support as we age.

Quick Fix:

As well as introducing more turmeric to your daily diet, the best way to increase your curcumin intake is by supplementation. Find one that’s paired with Vitamin D for even more effective anti-aging support.

7. PQQ

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (otherwise known as PPQ) is currently at the forefront of anti-aging science. PPQ is a micronutrient that has super antioxidant properties and is known for improving your brain and heart function. As well as these impressive properties, recent studies have shown that PPQ can boost memory recall, and ability to learn. [8] PQQ is found naturally in green tea and bell peppers, but it’s difficult to digest enough of these foods to really reap the benefits. That’s where a PQQ supplement comes in…

Quick Fix:

An active PQQ supplement will absorb into the bloodstream and provide you with the correct nutrients (including co-enzyme Q10) to enhance your mental abilities. Less common, but extremely effective, these little capsules could help your mind stay sharp in your later life.

8. Acetyl-L-carnitine

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid, known for its brain-boosting qualities. ALC also works as a powerful antioxidant to improve cognitive function and increase blood flow to your muscles and mind. Studies have found that ALC can boost your focus, and increase your mental and physical energy.

Quick Fix:

ALC is naturally found in red meat and dairy produce, so if you are vegan, or want to increase your intake, talking ALC capsules is a great solution. Start with 1g/day, and then increase to 2g/day once your body has acclimatized. ALC supplements can be easily found in most health food stores, and are usually paired with other beneficial amino acids for best results.

Final Thoughts

As we age, it’s inevitable that some bodily and mental functions will begin to deteriorate. We can try to eat well, exercise, stay stress-free and look after our mental wellness, but sometimes even the greatest of efforts need a little helping hand. Supplementation is a cost-effective and easy way to ensure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients and minerals that your body needs to function at its best – even in your golden years! Use this list as a way to introduce one or two, and see how they make you feel. We understand that not everyone will want to take 8 different supplements each day, but even introducing one may give you the youthful boost you’ve been craving!

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