Turning Back Time: Natural Ways to Reduce the Aging Process
Aging is never a painless process. Although the passing of time allows us to experience new things and create cherished memories, it also robs us of our strength, memory, and beauty. But what if you could continue to age without being robbed of your youth? The symptoms of getting older are inevitable, but they can at least be postponed. By combining the right natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, we can help turn back our body’s biological clock by replenishing its valuable nutrients.
Why Do We age?
The secret to aging may be hidden in microscopic structures in our bodies called telomeres. Telomeres are protective caps located on the ends of our chromosomes. Much like the plastic coating on the tips of your shoelaces, telomeres protect the ends of our chromosomes from fraying over time. Once that protective cap is gone, our chromosomes cannot properly do their job. Shorter telomeres have been associated with an increased risk of disease and lower survival rates.
While many of the signs of aging are visibly apparent, such as wrinkled skin and gray hair, the most damaging results of aging are hidden in the mind. Cognitive decline is the most reported and impactful result of aging. Read on to discover how to reduce these effects and improve your overall quality of life.
1. Vitamin B12
B12 is an essential vitamin necessary for healthy nerve tissue, brain function, and red blood cell production. It also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.
Vitamin B12 is also just as good for the outside as it is for the inside. This vitamin can help reduce skin redness, inflammation, and dryness as well as fortify your hair and nails, making you look feel and look younger.
Unlike most other vitamins, our bodies don’t produce Vitamin B12, but it can easily be obtained by eating healthy foods such as fish, chicken, and certain vegetables. Or, simply purchase B12 supplements at your local pharmacy.
2. CBD Products
According to a 2011 study, CBD may be able to improve memory by expediting the development and growth of brain cells. This process can help prevent memory decline and improve cognitive functions.
CBD could also prolong your life by reducing your stress levels. CBD works directly with your internal endocannabinoid system and is believed to regulate cortisol production, the “stress hormone.” Not only is stress detrimental to your mental and physical health, but it can also visibly age you by causing wrinkles.
Due to its array of natural health benefits, CBD products have become very popular. Not all CBD products are created equal, so do your research before buying to ensure you are getting a reputable product suitable for your needs.
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that help protect your cells against free radicals, which are strongly believed to lead to heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. This particular antioxidant may also defend our cells from cellular senescence, a state in which the cell can no longer divide. These cells accumulate as we age, accelerating aging, and the progression of age-related diseases.
You can skip the trip to your local drug store because you most likely have curcumin in your spice cabinet. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Toss in an extra dash of turmeric to your next dish for an easy way to add antioxidants to your life.
4. Vitamin D
Our immune systems weaken as we age; this is why the elderly often suffer more severe symptoms from something as mundane as the common cold. However, a new study performed in the UK has found that Vitamin D can help bolster your immune system and help offset some age-related health issues.
Vitamin D also has cosmetic benefits. It is widely accepted throughout the scientific community that Vitamin D compounds can protect our skin from damaging skin aging-inducing agents, such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Vitamin D can be absorbed from the sun, but depending on where you live, it’s not always practical to rely on the sun for Vitamin D. Luckily, this is a popular supplement available at nearly any pharmacy.
NAD+ is the new fad in the wellness world, but it seems like this fad is here to stay. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is one of the most essential molecules in our body and has been called an “anti-aging molecule.” As we get older, our bodies produce less NAD+. Some studies have linked low levels of this vital molecule to premature skin aging, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and heart disease.
The FDA has only approved oral NDA+ supplements as of now. However, intravenous (IV) NAD+ treatments are rapidly gaining in popularity. Some patients have reported minor side effects such as nausea, chest tightness, and lightheadedness. But these symptoms are short-lived and soon replaced by improved energy levels, mental clarity, and an overall sense of rekindled youth.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant produced naturally by your body. Our bodies use CoQ10 for energy and to protect our cells from damage. As we age, our levels of CoQ10 begin to decline, which can lead to symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog.
A 2015 experiment studied the effects of supplemented CoQ10 and selenium (an element that aids metabolism) in 443 adults. After four years of studying, researchers discovered that these supplements improved their test subjects’ overall quality of life, reduced hospital visits, and slowed the deterioration of mental performance.
Although several more studies have shown that CoQ10 can potentially be used as an anti-aging supplement, more research needs to be done before it can be recommended as a natural way to prevent aging. Be sure to discuss with your doctor if CoQ10 is right for you.
Unfortunately, life is not a science fiction novel. As much as we want to, there is no way to put a complete halt on the symptoms of aging and be young forever. However, these supplements can improve your overall quality of life and offset the symptoms of aging so you can enjoy life to its fullest.