Scientists have not yet discovered a fountain of youth but supplementation with an anti-aging supplement is the next best thing.
Current lifestyles, poor diets insufficient in fiber and vitamins/minerals and loaded with saturated fats, along with daily exposure to dietary and environmental stressors have caused a majority of the population to age at a rate faster than nature intended.
The increasing rates of all major degenerative disease at earlier and earlier ages are indisputable evidence of this.
Anti-aging then is not the actual reversing of age although nutritional science is getting close to achieving this by being able to repair cellular DNA damage. The CSIRO which is the scientific arm of the Australian Government has developed blood tests (2007) which can measure DNA damage and on the basis of this predict which degenerative diseases are on the way. I know of one supplement company who is currently working with the CSIRO to develop a test which can show the reversal of DNA damage through the use of their flagship supplement. (That’s the supplement I use!).
So, at this point in time 'anti-aging' factually refers to the normalization of the aging process
The best anti-aging supplements in the market are able to do this. And, while there are a plethora of supplement options available, it is important to purchase a comprehensive product that not only offers superior anti aging benefits but which also targets all organs and systems in the body for overall good health and wellness.
This means using a multi ingredient supplement with the right ingredients, in the right forms, with sufficient potencies and in the correct dose amounts. Nutritional Supplement Truths.com is dedicated to teaching you what these are and then how to evaluate and compare the best vitamin supplements.
The best anti-aging health supplements have formulas with numerous ingredients which offer anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidants help to slow the aging process by combating the harmful effects of free radicals. When left unchecked, free radicals can lead to a host of health problems including cancer, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, memory loss and depression. Free radicals damage your valuable cellular DNA!
The best way to ensure your body is receiving the anti-oxidants it needs is through a diet rich in fruits and primarily raw vegetables. Current recommendations by the US government for a healthy diet are to eat 5 – 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. In addition, it is important to reduce stress, which is known to increase the body’s production of free radicals. Regular Exercise is also important for a healthy body and a slower aging process.
Eating 5 -9 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is just not possible or practical or even desirable for many people. This is where supplementation with quality multi ingredient anti aging natural supplements becomes important. Even a healthy diet does not include a number of the most potent disease preventing and fighting actives because these come from certain herbs and phytonutrients which we don’t consume. The best supplements contain these!
Scientific research has proven that certain antioxidants - particularly plant pigments/compounds called carotenoids and flavonoids (polyphenols) - are up to "hundreds of times more powerful" than other traditionally well known antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, and E. To ensure the most effective health benefits your anti-aging supplement (aka vitamin/health supplement) should contain the following ingredients which offer the most powerful anti-oxidant support for your entire body.
(Carotenoid and Flavonoid sources are marked with an *)
Of these, the very expensive ones for manufacturers of anti-aging supplements to purchase and the ones you ABSOLUTELY Want to see in your supplement are:
L-Glutathione is a crucial compound in your cells. It is the most abundant antioxidant enzyme in your body and is essential for cell health and organ survival.
Researchers have noted that in most diseases there are below normal levels of L-Gluthathione in the body. As you age your body produces less and less of this crucial compound hence the need for it in your supplement.
In nutritional supplement formulas, L-Glutathione must be included in the reduced form. (In healthy tissue 90% of the total Glutathione pool is in the reduced form) (1).
The reduced form means the molecules are much smaller and as a result can penetrate your intestinal cell membrane walls. With the regular form of L-Glutathione the molecules are too big and so absorption is VERY POOR. This form is much cheaper for manufacturers to use!
L-Glutathione (reduced) costs around $800 per kilo - wholesale price! It’s very expensive so most supplements don’t contain it but it absolutely should be there.
To put this in perspective - regular old ascorbic acid (vitamin C) costs around $15 per kilo! Too many supplements are filled with way too much of these cheap ingredients - under the guise of ‘optimal amounts’.
Take a quick look at the bottle label of your supplement to see if L-Gluthathione (reduced) is there.
When it comes to both the effectiveness and value for money of your anti-aging supplement it is important to be sure that it contains a generous dose amount of L-Gluthathione (for example, 100 mg) and that it is in the 'reduced' form.
The bioavailability of nutritional supplements is an often overlooked factor when comparing and evaluating nutritional vitamin supplements and anti-aging supplements. It has major implications for both the efficacy and value for money of a supplement.
Under the US Dietary and Health Education Act 1994 (DSHEA) nutritional supplements are regulated under ‘food’ GMP – this means absorption rates do not have to be tested – this has played a part in creating a credibility problem for the supplement industry.
The dose amounts of each ingredient on a supplement label are in no way an indication of how much actually makes it into your bloodstream for use in your body!
The actual delivery of the nutrients from the stomach to the intestine (where absorption occurs) need to be considered because stomach acid and some enzymes in the stomach significantly damage or destroy certain nutrients!
Vitamins and minerals are not affected by stomach acid but other key ingredients including pancreatic enzymes, some vegetable enzymes and expensive/highly beneficial ingredients like L-Glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, SAMe, and herbals are.
So if a special delivery system is not used to overcome this problem then bioavailability is significantly reduced!
Enteric coating has been extensively used for many years with pharmaceutical drugs (which is one reason why drugs work so well and so quickly). Enteric coating provides a protective layer on a tablet as it passes through the stomach.
A much greater level of bioavailability is thus guaranteed.
Enteric coating is rarely used in the supplement industry for two key reasons:
Cost and Knowledge!
If an anti-aging supplement doesn’t contain ingredients susceptible to stomach acid then enteric coating is not needed. This is of course the answer as to why most supplement companies say they don’t need to use enteric coating.
The problem here is that most of the ingredients affected by stomach acid are important and expensive/efficious ones that you definitely want in a quality anti-aging supplement.
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My own results since using Total Balance (I use the Men's 'Premium' version) have been simply awesome so I make this recommendation to you with the utmost confidence and not just as a money making activity which is common on health and supplement sites.
'Total Balance' is manufactured by the Xtend-Life Company all the way down in New Zealand. The 'Premium' and 'Standard' versions in the Total Balance range contains every ingredient in the lists above with the exception of grape seed which they don’t need.
Total Balance is of course enteric coated which is a must because of the superstar lineup of ingredients which must bypass the acidic environment of the stomach. But the formulas go way beyond being just an anti-aging supplement.
Within the adult versions there are a MASSIVE 79 to 99 ingredients (which target every organ in the body including your brain!)
You may also like to use this link to open my best vitamin supplements
comparisons and reviews page where you can see how Total Balance stacks up in head to head comparisons with other well known, market leading health supplements.