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Longevity Supplements

There are a number of supplements on the market that claim to offer a longer lifespan (better shot at something called longevity, barring any life ending accidents) or an improved quality of life, though not all of these products are able to follow through on these claims.

This is not to say that there are no supplements for longevity that actually work, of course; a number of vitamins, minerals, and other supplemental substances have been found to repair cells, slow the natural effects of aging, and help individuals to stay healthy longer.

Supplements that naturally help your own body to stimulate HGH are one of the better options out there, but let’s talk about separate supplements you can use to help increase your life span, and your quality of life.

It should be kept in mind that a number of these important vitamins and minerals which can help to increase longevity are likely available in many of the foods that you already eat. A properly balanced diet with careful food selection will provide you with a wide range of proteins, minerals, vitamins, and other necessary materials that can help to slow the wear of time on the body.

You may not get everything that you need from your diet, though, and when trying to make sure that you have the best quality of life possible supplements can be used to provide what the foods you eat do not.

The key to choosing the right supplements for your longevity is to read the ingredient list carefully and choose supplements that complement the nutrition that you’re already receiving from your balanced diet.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Many people do not get enough Omega-3 in their diet. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce blood pressure, prevent heart attacks, and can reduce triglycerides by up to 25% or more when taken properly. Unlike some cholesterol and blood pressure medications, Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown in studies to significantly increase the level of  HDL cholesterol in the bloodstream.

It provides an EPA/DHA combination that is essential to proper joint and brain function, and it is very unlikely that you get enough in your diet to have the best possible effects.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

An amino acid that has been shown to improve brain function, Acetyl-L-Carnitine may also be able to slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stages. By making sure that you have enough Acetyl-L-Carnitine in your diet through supplements, you can improve mental clarity and help to slow or stop the degradation of brain cells that occurs naturally with aging.

Vitamin B Complexes

Several vitamins in the B group have been shown to fight the damage to the body that occurs naturally with aging. Thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid, and Vitamin B12 are all very important to keeping the body working properly and holding off the effects of aging.

Many supplements contain some or all of these vitamins, and they can also be found in a number of fruits and vegetables.

Glutathione

An antioxidant that helps to repair the damage done by free radicals and oxidizers in the body, glutathione or GsH is used to repair damage to muscles and other bodily tissues and also helps to detoxify and cleanse the body of cellular waste.

Glutathione and its precursor N-acetylcysteine (also known as NAC) are both used as powerful components of anti-aging supplements because of the wide range of areas that are affected by the restorative and cleansing power of these antioxidants.

Calcium

One of the best-known supplements for longevity, calcium helps to strengthen bones and prevent the osteoporosis that is commonly associated with old age. Calcium is present in a number of foods including dairy products, and is available in several different forms as an external supplement.

Some forms of calcium are more readily usable by the body than others, but most types of calcium can still be used to at least a limited extent.

Vitamin E

Often combined with selenium because of the latter’s ability to activate the Vitamin E to greater effect, Vitamin E serves as a powerful antioxidant and can help to counteract the toxic effects of some materials such as the mercury that is found in some fish and seafood.

Vitamin E can help you to avoid various types of heart disease, and the selenium that it is often combined with in supplements has been shown to help prevent certain forms of cancer as well. 

SAM-e 

S-adenosylmethionine, more commonly known as SAM-e, is a chemical naturally produced by the body which helps to loosen joints and stimulates the production of serotonin. Ensuring sufficient SAM-e can help to combat arthritis and other joint pain in addition to providing a level of relief against depression.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant that can be easily absorbed by the body and can preserve and protect cells in diverse regions of the body such as the brain and the liver. It is one of the more powerful antioxidants which are freely available, and may help to regenerate and restore both cells and vital cellular components such as mitochondria.

In addition to fighting the damage of free radicals within the body, alpha lipoic acid can also restore the look of youthful skin by repairing collagen damage that has occurred within skin cells.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been shown to help prevent a variety of types of cancer, and also helps the body to maintain and regulate its use of dietary calcium.  Vitamin D is produced naturally by the body during exposure to sunlight, and a day’s supply of the vitamin can generally be produced in around 20 minutes.

Those who have limited sun exposure for extended periods of time may require supplements to ensure proper amounts of this important vitamin.

Other Supplements for Longevity

A number of other supplements for longevity are used by themselves or in conjunction with other vitamins and minerals. Human growth hormone is used to stimulate the repair of the body’s cellular systems and encourage proper muscle development, while curcumin that is produced from turmeric can help to protect against arthritis.

Ubiquinone or CoQ10 assists with the production of energy in the heart muscles, while nattokinase helps to stimulate blood flow. All of these vitamins and minerals will help to slow or reverse the effects of aging and improve quality of life.