Beauty in a bottle is almost as ancient a concept as searching for the fountain of youth.
Taking anti-aging supplements are an excellent way to support healthy skin and improve overall body function. In today’s ever expanding market, it can be tricky to decide which supplements are best. At HealthSpringMD, we stress the importance of pharmaceutical grade supplements.
A pharmaceutical grade supplement has fewer binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, and other unknown substances. If you are not buying your supplements from a Doctor, chances are, it is not pharmaceutical grade. It is important to work with a physician who is properly trained and knowledgeable about supplements. It also helps to know that the Doctor you will be working with has direct access to the supplements that they suggest you use.
The following supplements are great to get started with. Please consult your primary care physician before taking any of these.
In addition to being a key component in your immune system, Vitamin D strengthens bones and muscles. It can be found in egg yolks, fatty fish such as wild salmon, and fortified foods such as milk and cereal. It can also be added to the diet via supplements. As an added bonus, Vitamin D is thought to help ward off various cancers as well.
CoQ10 is found in the membranes of all the body’s cells and is essential for proper energy function. As the body ages, levels of CoQ10 diminish, increasing the risk of heart problems, gum disease and obesity. Taking CoQ10 supplements may also help prevent problems like cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin E has numerous antioxidant properties and is often touted as a treatment for many health conditions. While it may be effective in some cases, it is important to tread carefully as it may interact with various medications if taken in high doses, including blood-thinning agents such as warfarin, heparin, or aspirin.
Calcium is essential for maintaining muscle/nerve function and strong bones. Aging causes bone tissue to break down faster than it can be built. Taking calcium, even with osteoporosis medication, can help the body replace calcium. The potential bonus is that calcium may help prevent the polyps that can lead to colon cancer.
As the body ages, it becomes less able to absorb magnesium from food sources. To counteract this, it is important to take magnesium supplements because magnesium helps prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes and possibly even helps lower blood pressure.
B vitamins like B6, B12, and folate may help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. As people age, they may have trouble absorbing B12 from foods and need supplements. B vitamins can help with various mental diseases as well. Some have found them to be an effective treatment for depression, and some cases of dementia have been connected to a lack of B12.
Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil, alpha-linolenic acid
Fish oil has numerous studies supporting its beneficial impacts on cardiovascular health. When looking for a supplement, be sure to check for its source, as it can be environmentally contaminated with mercury.
Vitamin A is a retinoid, one of the leaders in anti-aging treatments. The retinoid may reduce the risk of some cancers as well as improve immune function. Too much vitamin A can be toxic, so it is safe only in recommended doses.
These are a very small sampling of supplements, but are extremely important in the health and wellness for every patient. As part of the wellness program, you will be evaluated for deficiencies in your diet, and a treatment plan will be developed to insure that you are getting all of the proper nutrients into your diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle.