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Stopping the Clock from Aging: My Favorite Anti-Aging Vitamins and Herbs

Stopping the Clock from Aging: My Favorite Anti-Aging Vitamins and Herbs

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We are forever in search of the cure for old age.  

From a scientific point of view, the most important time of our lives is our period of fertility. From nature’s point of view, we are not that useful after the age of 40. As a result, many functions in our body begin to decline after this age. We have the opportunity to delay the signs of aging, fight against cell damage, inflammation, improve the immune system and promote mental clarity. 

We can’t stay young forever, but at least you can slow down the aging process from the inside out. Here are my favorite anti-aging vitamins and herbs that will help keep your cells healthy as you age:

Melatonin-If we think of the pineal gland as our internal clock, it “knows how old we are-and it knows when we are past our reproductive prime. As soon as this gland senses that we are too old to reproduce, it begins to produce far lower melatonin levels. This, in effect, signals all of our other systems to break down, and the aging process begins. Researchers have found that using melatonin does help the body mimic a youthful state.

Ubiquinol or Co-Enzyme Q10 – as we grow older, our CoQ10 levels naturally decline. Taking a CoQ10 supplement can make you less vulnerable to hardening of the arteries that leads to heart disease, improve your arterial elasticity while supporting heart function. 

Blueberries or Blueberry Extract – one of the earth’s most powerful antioxidants, blueberries contain healthy anthocyanins, pigments that give these berries their blue color. Not only do berries fight free radicals (toxins, chemicals, and pollutants) that cause damage to your body, they also provide other essential nutrients that help slow down the aging process. Aim for a ½ cup per day or if you don’t like blueberries, choose a high-quality supplement.

Resveratrol – a polyphenol found in the skin of grapes and berries. Resveratrol can be found in red wine, hence the “French paradox” that shows people who drink red wine have fewer health problems from eating fatty foods. Studies continue to show that resveratrol improves heart health, decreases glucose levels, raises insulin sensitivity, and may help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  

Multi-Vitamin – taking a high-quality multi-vitamin is inexpensive insurance to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. According to the National Institutes of Health, studies show that women who take a multi-vitamin regularly have longer telomeres, the protective caps at the end of chromosomes that grow shorter with age. Longer telomeres are associated with health and youth, while shorter ones are associated with disease and aging. 

Turmeric – a member of the ginger family, this yellow, ancient Indian spice serves up plenty of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. It can help prevent arthritis and bone loss in aging women. Add it to yogurt, a smoothie, or rub it on chicken or fish.  

Besides regular exercise and a healthy diet, you can take the above supplement to prepare to live longer and do it well.

Foods, Vitamins and Supplements for Healthy Hair

Foods, Vitamins and Supplements for Healthy Hair

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Have you ever met someone with beautiful hair and gorgeous skin and thought to yourself, “I wish I had hair like that?” Many people want strong, thick, and healthy hair, but how fast it grows depends on genetics, age, diet, and general health. While you can’t change your genetics or age, diet and the vitamins you consume is the one area you have control over to ensure you are getting the right nutrients for the growth, strength, and volume of healthy hair and skin.  

Here are the best foods and vitamins to consume that will promote hair growth and glowing skin: 

High-quality protein like Eggs eggs is a great source of protein, biotin, zinc, and selenium, essential nutrients that support hair growth. To grow new scalp hair, clients need a healthy, protein-rich diet. Hair grows in the bulbs located at the roots of the hair follicles. These cells need amino acids, fats, carbohydrates, and nutrients from your diet to grow hair.

Berries (preferably organic) are loaded with antioxidants that help protect hair follicles from free radicals (toxins, chemicals, and pollutants). 

The body uses Vitamin C from berries to produce collagen, strengthening hair and preventing it from breaking or becoming brittle.

Dark Leafy Greens like Spinach contain Vitamins A, C, iron, and folate that promote hair growth. A deficiency in any of these nutrients can lead to hair loss. 

Fatty Fish like Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, selenium, vitamin D3, and B vitamins, nutrients that may help promote strong and healthy hair.

Sweet Potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene that the body can convert to Vitamin A, promoting sebum production, which helps keep hair healthy and speeds up the rate of hair growth, encouraging thicker growth hair, and preventing hair follicles from regressing.

Healthy Fats like Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E, which also promotes hair growth, combats oxidative stress by neutralizing those nasty free radicals, and protects areas of the skin like the scalp and the face. 

The body cannot produce essential fatty acids from avocadoes. A deficiency of these important fats can lead to hair loss.

Zinc Deficiency

Zinc deficiency tends to cause diffuse hair loss and possibly hair loss in plaques. In children, zinc deficiency can cause hair loss and dry, coarse hair. Other signs of zinc deficiency are reductions in taste and smell, white spots on the nails, and flaky, dry skin on the legs.

A deficiency in silica produces thinner, brittle scalp hair, lacking strength. Silica is a unique trace element that improves hair quality and stimulates hair growth. For instance, it works especially well in people with other signs such as brittle nails. Silica supplementation thickens the hair and makes it stronger and more elastic. The hair acquires more volume as it thickens.

Both Vitamins C and D treatments can help reverse scalp and hair loss.

Heart Health, Diet, and Lifestyle

Heart Health, Diet and Lifestyle

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Why is hormonal balance and heart health so important in both middle-aged adult females and males? It’s because heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. According to Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, M.D., Twenty-one million cases are reported each year, nearly three-quarters of a million people die of it. I would like to share with you that as hormone levels decrease in middle age, heart disease and it’s risk factors increase. I don’t know how many woman I know that go to their annual gynecology appointment in their fifties and out of nowhere have high blood pressure. Most mainstream doctors jump right to blood pressure medicine without ever taking into consideration hormone decline, diet and lifestyle as causative factors.

Healthy Heart, Healthy Diet

First thing to consider is, are you getting a diet rich in fruit and vegetables? The body needs to stay in an alkaline state to remain in good health and ward off many diseases. It is also important to note that although you want to eat a diet low in fat you do not want to eat a no fat diet. Your body needs a moderate amount of healthy fats to stay healthy itself.

Supplements

B Vitamins
Even with a superior diet you still need nutritional supplements for heart health. B-vitamin deficiency can be an important part of heart health. B-vitamin deficiencies of folic acid, riboflavin and vitamin B6 raise the blood levels of homocysteine, which increases the risk of heart disease.
Vitamin-C
Most particularly in combination with vitamin E, lowers blood pressure and raises HDL (good cholesterol). Vitamin E also lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) These days I have been using a high performance Vitamin C supplement called LypriCel. It delivers the C via maximum bioavailability.
Cholesterol
Cholesterol levels tend to rise as we get older. It is not a coincidence that this coincides when our hormonal levels are declining mid age. Since the risk of having heart disease rises in direct proportion to our cholesterol levels we cannot ignore this warning sign.
Up to Eighty percent of the overall cholesterol in our bodies is not from what we eat, rather it is produced internally from our bodies. That is why hormones are much more important than we are led to believe. The major influences in woman are thyroid levels and estrogen. In men it is testosterone levels. Thyroid hormones keep the artery walls more flexible, which in turn stabilizes blood pressure.
Melatonin
Melatonin also fights high blood pressure. Studies show that people who have high blood pressure have too low of levels of melatonin. Melatonin is best used and absorbed in the evenings. I personally take 2mg per night.
For men, treating a testosterone deficiency is the key for preventative heart health. The heart muscle is very sensitive to testosterone. It accumulates in the heart twice as much as in normal muscle.
For women, estrogen plays a similar and protective role. Estrogen dilates coronary arteries. It also increases the blood flow to the heart. In addition, estrogen calms the heart by lowering the heartbeat. According to Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, M.D. a woman taking estrogen has two times less risk of a heart attack than a woman her age who is not supplementing with estrogen.
Summary list of nutrients for heart health

  • Vitamins
  • Folic Acid
  • Riboflavin
  • B6
  • C
  • E
  • Minerals
  • Zinc
  • Cooper
  • Magnesium
  • Trace Elements
  • Chromium
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Phosphatidylcholine

A more comprehensive description of some of these nutrients can be found in my ebooks The Power of Anti-Aging Herbs and Vitamins and The Secrets of Weight loss, Diet, and Staying Lean Forever ($10 each). Of course these books are also available as part of my Health & Beauty Bundle.
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Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods

Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods

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Now it’s time for the fun part: all the good foods you can eat that will also protect you from aging. Some of these foods may seem unfamiliar to you, but that’s okay. Experiment with different ways of preparing them and you’ll open up a whole new world of culinary delights.

1. Turmeric: If you love Indian food, you’re in luck because this is one spice you’ll want to use a lot because it is packed with benefits. It is really great in any kind of food so stock up. Turmeric has been shown to help prevent cancer and also protects brain and skin cells from free radical damage. This means your concentration can improve and wrinkles will appear more slowly.

A 2013 study published in Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry stated that “Age-related cerebrovascular dysfunction contributes to stroke, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.” But, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, after one month of use, showed promising results. “Curcumin treatment may be an effective therapeutic strategy to reverse age-related cerebrovascular dysfunction. Curcumin administration may represent a promising lifestyle intervention for preventing age-related cerebrovascular disturbances.“

If all that isn’t enough, turmeric has also been shown to be an anti-inflammatory. It improves blood circulation and acts as an anti-coagulant. What all this means is, if you have joint pain from arthritis or another disorder, turmeric can help with the pain. It also helps treat sprains, strains and bruises. With so many benefits, you can see why turmeric is listed as the number one anit-aging food.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables: Green cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts have been found to help reduce the risk of memory loss contribute to bone health. They may also help prevent cancer. These benefits are due to green veggies being rich in folate, calcium and other vital nutrients.

3. Leafy Greens: Leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich in the antioxidants zinc, beta-carotene and vitamin C. These nutrients are shown to help protect against macular degeneration as you age. Spinach also contains lutein, a nutrient known to improve skin elasticity.

4. Pomegranates: A bowl of pomegranate seeds is reminiscent of a bowl of shimmering rubies, but you’ll find them valuable for keeping wrinkles at bay. Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals that damage your skin. Pomegranate juice contains both ellagic acid, a polyphenol compound that fights damage from free radicals, and punicalagin, a supernutrient that has been found to increase your body’s capacity to preserve collagen.
Pomegranates are best enjoyed as the whole fruit. That is, eat a cup of seeds each week instead of drinking the processed juice. Fruit juices are not as healthy as whole fruits because the sugars are more concentrated (giving you more sugar per serving than you need) and you lose the benefits of fruit fiber.

5. Berries: Cranberries, blackberries and blueberries all are rich in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are antioxidant compounds that improve brain function and muscle tone. They may also slow certain types of cancer. They may also improve heart health and protect against obesity.

Anthocyanins can also be found in pomegranates, grapes and red onions. They are what give these foods their bright color. A bowl of mixed berries is a treat for sure, and your body will thank you.

6. Salmon: Salmon, and other cold water fish like tuna, sardines and mackerel, help keep your skin looking young and healthy because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s strengthen cell membranes to moisture can’t escape. They also reduce inflammatory compounds that age your body faster.

7. Walnuts: Like salmon, walnuts and other nuts are rich in omega-3s. They are a good snack if you want to lose weight because they fill you up fast without eating very many. Nuts also have lots of minerals that make your immune system stronger. In addition, they aid in digestion, help balance cholesterol levels, and contribute to healthier looking skin. Research has shown that the omega-3s in walnuts may also reduce inflammation that leads to age-related dementia.

8. Tomatoes: Because they contain the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes help keep your skin young. They may also reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.

9. Red Grapes: Another antioxidant rich food, red grapes have one called resveritol. In studies, resveritol extended the lives of lab animals. It also has anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties that contribute to a healthy heart. Enjoy the fruit or, on occasion, some grape juice or red wine.

10. Olive Oil: Olive oil has monounsaturated fat – that’s the good fat – that is found to reduce cognitive decline according to a study from the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. This could be due to the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3s which inhibits the synthesis of cytokines and mitogens, which slow cognitive function. So keep your brain sharp as you age by using olive oil in your foods.