Is it possible to stop the hands of time? The idea is certainly appealing, especially as you start to notice how the passing of time impacts your body . . . both inside and out. Those effects are more noticeable the longer you live, and as a whole, individuals are living longer now than previous generations.
Stress has a profound impact on your body, making you more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease and reducing your ability to recover from illness and injury. Bad habits, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol or coffee, can also accelerate the aging process.
While it’s impossible to stop the aging process completely, it is possible to slow it down and decrease its impact on the way you look and feel. A diet rich in high-fiber, low-fat foods can keep you running like a well-oiled machine, as can regular, vigorous aerobic activity and weight-lifting or weight-bearing exercises.
There are several controversial treatments that proclaim to dramatically slow—even reverse—aging, the most noteworthy being human growth hormone (HGH). Impressive gains in muscle development and strength have been reported, but HGH is illegal and the consequences of long-term use have yet to be revealed.
Thankfully, nature has provided plenty of substances that provide natural anti-aging benefits. Consider adding these top anti-aging supplements to your daily health regimen:
Multivitamin (2 x a day) – Forget the “one a day” branding, you’re supposed to take a multivitamin twice a day. Your multivitamin is a fountain of micronutrients! Be sure to choose an all-natural multi and not a chemically produced one. Your multivitamin should have the following:
- Magnesium (400 milligrams daily)
- Calcium (600 milligrams twice daily)
- Vitamin A (1500 IU)
- Vitamin D (400 IU daily for those under 60 years old; 600 IU for those over 60)
- Vitamin C (600 milligrams twice daily)
- Vitamin E (400 IU daily)
Folate (1 x day) – This is a B vitamin, you need a daily dose of 800 micrograms.
Vitamin B6 (1 x day) – Take a daily dose of 6 milligrams
Vitamin B12 (1 x day) – Take a daily dose 25 micrograms
Coenzyme Q10 (1 x day) – A powerful anti-aging supplement, CoQ10 should be taken with a meal containing some fat or even better, in combination with soy or vegetable oil which enhances its absorption. Take at least 30 milligrams daily; you can take up to 300 milligrams.
Omega 3’s (1 x day) – The all important essential fatty acids, you want an omega-3 that has DHA and EPA. Take a daily dose of 2000 to 4000 milligrams.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – This is the third omega-3 fatty acid: ALA. Take a daily dose of 2000 milligrams.
L-carnitine (1 x day) – This is an amino acid that helps transfer energy between our cells. Take 1500 milligrams daily.
Resveratrol – This is a flavonoid found in red wine that acts as an antioxidant and decreases the aging of the DNA in mitochondria (the cell’s energy plant). A good dose is 100 milligrams.
SAMe – This in a natural amino acid effective with depression. The usual dose is up to 1200 milligrams daily (on an empty stomach).
Glucosamine – An important chemical for cartilage, ligament, bone and joint health, take 1500 millilgrams daily.
Baby aspirin (1x a day) – OK, so it’s not really a vitamin or a supplement, but a half aspirin daily (or 162 mg) can do wonders for your heart. Take 162 milligrams every day for life (it takes at least three years to establish the full benefit).
I know it can get confusing with all the different milligrams versus micrograms versus IU, but don’t worry, most of the natural supplements you find at the health food store are broken down in these measurements.