Top Nutritional Supplements for Anti-Aging

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( — October 23, 2013) Portland, OR — It should go without mention that eating healthy and exercising are top priorities for any anti-aging program, but there’s more to the story than that.

Some tools can be found in nature to help fight and even reverse aging. As such, it’s no surprise that exploring them in depth has been a major focal point of ours for decades.

Perhaps even more to the point is to ask the question, “why do we age?”


There are several theories that exist.


One is the mitochondrial theory of aging. It states that the root cause of aging is oxidative stress to the mitochondria.

Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of cells. Their job is to produce ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate), the energy currency of all cells. During production, however, free radicals are formed, an effect that damages mitochondria.

Through time, the mitochondria in your cells “take a beating” … their numbers eventually decrease, making you vulnerable to the effects of aging and disease. In fact, many diseases we associate with growing old (type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart failure, and cancer) are actually associated with mitochondrial dysfunction.


CoQ10 Extends the Lives of Animals

A house can’t run without energy, and neither can your body. That’s where CoQ10 comes into play. This vitamin-like substance helps the mitochondria “burn fuel” more effectively. It helps the energy transfer needed to make ATP. Without it, mitochondria become dysfunctional and aging accelerates.

CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to extend the lives of different species. It lowers the oxidative stress inflicted on mitochondria. In one study, mice given CoQ10 lived 11.7% years longer, which is approximately 9 human extra years based on today’s life expectancy (78.5 years).


PQQ Helps Grow New Mitochondria

PQQ is an antioxidant found in all plants. Animals need it for growth and reproduction. Like CoQ10, it helps the energy transfer process of mitochondria. But there’s one thing that makes it very unique and important: it increases the number of mitochondria in cells.

Studies show, animals deprived of PQQ present stunted growth, decreased immune function, and fewer mitochondria in their tissue. When given PQQ, these effects are reversed.

PQQ is also one of the strongest antioxidants around, hands down. It’s actually about 5,000 times more powerful at withstanding oxidation than vitamin C.


Carnitine Decreases Death Rates

Carnitine is nearly found in all cells in the human body. It transports fats to the mitochondria where they’re “burned” for energy. With age, carnitine levels drop significantly leaving the mitochondria vulnerable to destruction.

Carnitine guards nerve cells against damage. A particular form called acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) prevents the accumulation of amyloid plaque, an abnormal protein implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. It also enhances cognition. In different studies, elderly people taking ALCAR show improved memory and mental status scores.

Your heart needs carnitine to function optimally. Decreased levels weaken the heart, compromising function. In one study, heart attack survivors taking carnitine showed decreased blood pressure levels, improved lipids, and a decreased death rate compared to a placebo group (12.5% versus 1.2%).


Telomerase Enzyme supplement for anti-aging

A new supplement that shows a lot of promise is called Telezyme.


This supplement has actually been on the market for several years but has been waiting in the wings for some supporting data. The process is to actually measure telomere length and compare with a baseline taken before supplementation. The first year to year telomere length results from Spectracell Laboratories for clients taking four Telezymes per day.


The first was a male in his mid fifties. The telomere length in this individual actually grew by over 22%.


The second was a male in his mid sixties. While the telomere length did not shorten in ten months, the man did grow a year older.


These results are perfectly in line with other laboratory testing of telomerase enzyme with respect to telomere lengthening and client age. The statistical error of the test is plus or minus five percent. Additional testing is needed but so far, the results are very encouraging, backed up by actual scientific data points performed by an independent laboratory.


The Bottom Line

Aging starts at the cellular level — what we see on the outside is only a very small part of the picture. Powerful antioxidants such as Carnitine, PQQ, CoQ10 and Telezyme have proven to be strong allies for optimizing cellular energy, which may very well be the key to living a long and healthy life.