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Anti Aging Natural Supplements - Is it really possible?

If you want to take a look at the research surrounding anti aging natural supplements, set aside a serious amount of time.

A quick review of the “review” documents surrounding anti aging treatments and vitamins brought up 718 documents, all from reputable medical journals.

This is clearly a popular topic and I realise I was quite out of my depth in writing about it.

There isn’t any sort of agreement among the researchers about whether supplements can help reverse the aging process, but there are some very interesting studies done on the subject.

Let’s take a look at the evidence for and against.

Oxidative Damage

The vast majority of the recent research has been organised around the concept of oxidative damage, the process of turning oxygen into usable energy then creates toxic “free radicals” that cause damage to the surrounding tissue.

A similar process takes place when iron rusts or when an apple is left exposed to oxygen.

Usually, the dangerous substances are mopped up by antioxidants, but the older we get, the less effective this system becomes.

What researchers believe is that this process is one of the keys (or maybe the key) to the aging process.

Specifically, they think that age-related functional decline (our bodies stop working properly as we get older) is influenced or directly caused by oxidative damage.

Everyone really got interested in oxidative damage when several studies showed that animal tissue treated with various antioxidants could slow or even reverse this process.

Could this be the fountain of youth?

Perhaps, perhaps not.

Let’s take a look at a few of the plethora of studies available on the subject.

The evidence For

A 1993 study at the Harvard School of Public Health found that adults who took at least 100 IU of Vitamin E for two years had up to a 40% reduction in heart-disease risk.

In the lab, various studies have shown that vitamin E can counteract some of the effect of oxidised LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. A U.S. Nurses Health study found a 30% reduction in heart disease risk for those that took a vitamin E supplement.

Similar promising results have been shown with Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and some forms of cancer.

So is now the time to rush out and buy supplements and hope to rapidly extend your life span?

Maybe not

The evidence against

A 1993 Women’s Health study of 40,000 women found that supplements had no benefit at all in preventing heart disease.

Various studies and reviews have been published which questions the findings of reversing oxidative damage in humans.

Specifically, there arguments are 1) The studies show inconsistent findings – some studies show a benefit of vitamin supplementation, some do not 2) Although the antioxidative effects are proven in the lab, they are not proven in human trials yet 3) There is no proof that vitamin supplementation actually leads to a reduction in oxidative damage, i.e., that the benefits of vitamins are due to this process.

A search of review articles in established scientific journals brought up 4,841 articles on the subject – both for and against.

The evidence will take quite a while to sift through.

One interesting note though is that there didn’t appear to be any analysis of the studies to show whether the inconsistent study results were due to using natural or synthetic vitamins.

There may be a difference between the versions of anti aging natural supplements.

So what’s next?

That is up to you.

You will find a list below of the most commonly cited anti aging natural supplements, including links to more information and our best suggestions on where to buy them.

The decision is yours.

The Usual Suspects

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12

A low intake of any of these anti aging natural supplements can lead to increased homocysteine levels, which is a predictor of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other chronic illnesses.

For more info on the vitamins, click here

For our suggestions on which ones to purchase, click here

Vitamin K

This anti aging natural supplements has been found to reduce a substance called Interleukin-6 (IL-6), which increases inflammation around the body and is suspected to be involved with arthritis, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Since this vitamin also regulates the way we use calcium, it is suspected to affect osteoporosis and is suspected by Dr. David McCarron to influence your likelihood of a stroke as well.

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For more our suggestions on which ones to purchase, click here

Vitamins A, C and E

All three of these anti aging natural supplements are known for their antioxidant properties and are the most heavily studied of the supplements relating to oxidative damage.

For more info on the vitamins click here

For our suggestions on which ones to purchase, click here

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