Aging. Well, we are all aging if we are over 18 years old or so! Some of us age more “gracefully” than others. Gracefully, meaning that we don’t physically show the signs of aging like gray hair and wrinkles as soon as others. However, those Hollywood mandated signs of aging are only superficial. Aging is at the cellular level and is happening everyday.
Recent research has found that anti-oxidant support can shore up your defenses against aging diseases. Oxidation and inflammation are at the heart of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, digestive problems and every other degenerative disease.
Inflammation is not always a bad thing, like when you scratch your finger on a tack and the white blood cells jump into action with the body’s inflammatory chemicals to rush in and take care of the invasion caused by the scratch. However, these same inflammatory fighting compound also go into emergency response to gradual cell damage from free radicals. Chronic inflammation is the results when the body does not know when to stop.
According to author Jonny Bowden, PhD, should you find that you are overweight, have diabetes or dementia, you definitely have chronic inflammation. To find a measure of inflammation, you can look at your C-Reactive protein test (CRP). The CRP test measures the liver’s response to inflammatory conditions. Even though the test is not perfect, it tells you whether you have inflammation in your body. Unfortunately it does not tell you where the inflammation is in your body.
So what supplements help with aging and anti-inflammatory responses? What can I do to age better? Here are some supplements that help slow aging by reducing inflammation. We are fortunate that Shaklee has Targeted Solutions for Aging! Here are a few of my favorites supplements that I take each day to help maintain a healthy body. I may be aging, but I am going to do everything I can to slow aging and fight against those free radicals that cause cell damage.
Astaxanthin: a powerful and potent Carotenoid found in salmon, krill, algae and yeast and is known to scavenge free radical. Protects against damage to LDL cholesterol, cell membranes, cells and tissues in the eyes, prostrate, cervix, lungs and heart.
Found in Shaklee’s CarotoMax
Found in Shaklee Vitalizer Gold, with and without Vitamin K, also in VitaLea Gold with & without Vitamin K
Trans-Resveratrol: The active part of Resveratrol, this anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory compound is found in red grape skins and red wine.
* Key ingredients in Vivix have been shown in a clinical study and numerous laboratory studies to improve cell defense, cell energy, cell repair, and cell performance*
* Delivers a broad spectrum of over 15 polyphenols—including ellagitannins, one of nature’s most potent antioxidants*
* Ingredients that are 10X more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging*
Found is Shaklee’s Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement.
Proanthocyanidins: Strong anti-oxidant that protect against oixidative stress. One of the two stong anti-oxidants found in grapes seeds and skins, (resveratrol is the other), Proanthocyanidins have been shown in clinical research to have anti-oxidant protection from oxidative damge caused by smoking, pollution and free radical damage formed in our body during normal metabolism. Studies have also show anti-cancer, anti-tumor and anti-allergic protection along with prevention of cardiovascular disease. Proanthocyanidins are compounds that appear to have more powerful antioxidant properties than both vitamins C and E*
Found in Shaklee’s Vita-E Complex and Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement and Shaklee’s FlavoMax Complex.
Curcumin or Tumeric: Strong anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The National Institutes of Health has four clinical trials underway to study Curcumin, the active ingredient in Tumeric, for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer’s and colorectal cancer.
Found in Shaklee’s Liver DTX Complex
Good Health is a choice we make each day. Are you making the correct choices to have a healthier life, a longer life, a better quality of life as you age? Don’t you deserve the best life has to offer? My choice is prevention. I am doing all that I can to prevent disease. Prevention is better than disease care any day. So make you choice and join me in prevention. Stay well!