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Top Vitamins and Supplements For Anti-aging

One’s body goes through a variety of changes as it gets older:

  • Muscles, blood  vessels and other tissues lose their elasticity

  • The heart becomes less efficient

  • Bones become weaker

  • Metabolism slows down.

  • The immune system is more easily compromised leaving one  susceptible to infections

  • Digestion can become sluggish

My general philosophy is that the best way to slow down the adverse effects of aging is:

1. Adhere to a diet unique to one’s constitution, that is anti-inflammatory and predominantly plant based

2. Follow an integrated exercise program that includes: flexibility, core, balance, resistance and cardiorespiratory training

2. Avoid exposure to environmental toxins

 

4. Manage your stress

 

5. Get adequate sleep.

 

If you have these covered, then the following are some supplements you can add to your regime:

Coenzyme Q10

A cellular energy nutrient necessary for the basic functioning of cells. Studies suggest CoQ10 is beneficial in  lowering blood pressure; helping age-related macular degeneration; slowing down dementia in people with Alzheimer’s disease; reducing angina and improving exercise tolerance in people with clogged heart arteries; and improving symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. It is an extremely potent antioxidant.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid is a very effective antioxidant. While other antioxidants work only in water (such as vitamin C) or fatty tissues (such as vitamin E), alpha-lipoic acid is both fat- and water-soluble, which means it can work throughout the body. As an antioxidant it is thought to be particularly effective in supporting brain and liver function. It is also used to treat nerve-related symptoms of diabetes.

Probiotics

Good bacteria, such as acidophilus, are very important for GI and immune function. A properly functioning immune system is one of the most important factors in maintaining good health. If one’s  immune system is strong, they will age better.

Vitamin D

This vitamin is essential for the normal mineralization of bone, prevention of neurological and muscle spasms and muscle cramps. It is important for the maintenance of many organ systems. Vitamin D3 has also been shown to be an effective treatment for symptoms of fibromyalgia, and helping to reduce cancer risk.

 

There are a number of other supplements that can be helpful depending on one’s specific health needs.

 

As George Bernard Shaw said “Youth is wasted on the young”.

I say:       “It doesn’t have to be”

About the Author

Dr. Geoff LecovinNaturopathic Physician/Chiropractor/Acupuncturist/Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist/Certified Sports Nutritionist/View all posts by Dr. Geoff Lecovin

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