We’re all looking for the fountain of youth and that one thing we can do to slow down aging. Unfortunately, there isn’t just one thing we can do. We all know that choosing whole foods, prioritizing exercise and sleep, and getting our 8 ounces of water per day is a great place to start. Even when we make the healthiest choices every day, however, we could still benefit from some additional help with the stressors of life that can accumulate and take a toll on our health.
Let’s look at some of the best supplements to help with anti-aging, both inside and out!
Even those of us with the best intentions for a balanced diet can still be lacking in some essential nutrients. Whether we don’t get our 5+ servings of fruits and veggies or whole grains every day because we’re busy or because we have food allergies, it can lead to us being deficient in certain nutrients. One study shows that more than 90% of Americans get less than the requirement for vitamin E from food sources alone. (7) Many aging adults also don’t absorb B12 as well due to a reduction in intrinsic factor, an enzyme required for absorption.(2) Choosing to supplement with a multi vitamin can be a great insurance policy to help the body continue to function optimally.
Most of us rely on the sun for our vitamin D and many months of the year we spend the majority of our time indoors putting us at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Those who follow a plant-based diet are also at great risk of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is responsible for helping with calcium absorption as well as supporting immune function (1) Keeping healthy bones is vital for independence throughout the aging process.
This supplement helps support heart and cardiovascular health, both important in healthy aging. Research has also shown that the aging process is associated with the oxidation of our cells. (5) CoQ10 can act as an antioxidant and can help increase antioxidant capacity and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation levels. (6)
Calcium and magnesium are essential for helping maintain healthy bones as we age as well as muscle function. For those who don’t consume dairy or enriched foods, a calcium supplement can be beneficial, especially when combined with physical activity to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. (8) Our Fab 8 pack contains both cal/mag and an additional vitamin D supplement to make sure all our bone needs are met.
A true superstar, omega-3 fatty acids can help with support brain health, heart health and inflammation. DHA, EPA and DPA found in omega’s have been shown to be beneficial for neurological health and cognitive functions, which can decline with age. (3) Chronic high cholesterol can have adverse health effects, omegas have been found to help decrease blood pressure as well as improve HDL cholesterol.
Probiotics have been shown to not only support the digestive tract, but also the immune system for overall health. (4) Studies have shown that probiotics can create an anti-inflammatory effect beyond just the gut. Chronic inflammation can cause tissue damage, influencing the pace of aging. (5) Including a probiotic supplement as well as probiotic rich foods can help support a proper inflammatory response. (4) Culturelle probiotics contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®), the #1 clinically studied probiotic strain.
Omega’s are great for inflammation but, specifically, DHA cannot be produced by the body and is essential for proper brain and neurological function and a lack of sufficient DHA has been associated with cognitive decline. (9) DHA has also been shown to delay the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
Want to know how you can integrate this powerhouse combination of anti-aging supplements into your wellness routine? Persona makes it easy with our Fab 8 prepack, so you can get started with your anti-aging routine in minutes! Or you can take our assessment for a personalized vitamin regimen based on your health and lifestyle. Persona is the only Science Based supplement provider on the web today! Take advantage of our knowledge and use it to your health’s benefit! Ready to find the right vitamins for you? Get Recommendations or Check out our Essential Packs!
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Nutrition Insurance Policy: A Daily Multivitamin. The Nutrition Source. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/multivitamin/. Published October 10, 2014.
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