Anti Aging Supplement
“I’ve been using this product for over 9 months. After taking it for only one week, I felt more energized and felt my complexion seemed to be glowing. I would recommend that anyone who is concerned about marinating good health to try this product. I feel and look younger since using the Anti-Aging Formula.”
Aging is most closely associated with the youthfulness of our appearance. However, the aging process not only affects the integumentary system (skin, hair & nails), but the cardiovascular, digestive, nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
If you’re concerned about looking and feeling older, you can fight the aging process in a number of ways. This includes a health promoting diet & lifestyle, antioxidants taken through foods and anti aging supplements, cosmeceuticals specifically geared for environmentally-damaged skin and treatments like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and fractional resurfacing (Fraxel®).
Protecting Inner Beauty® With morning and evening packets that combine our top-selling multi-vitamin & mineral, organic flax seed oil and antioxidant, this 3-in-1 product makes it easy and convenient to stick with a supplement routine. No more juggling bottles and figuring out what to take. Formulated with nutrients that support glowing skin, hard nails & lustrous hair; strong bones and flexible joints; and a vital cardiovascular system. Ideal for active, busy lifestyles and travelers. Notched packets open easily. Learn more about aging and antioxidants. Kit contains 30 morning/evening packets.
Your best defense against bruising and swelling. VitaMedica’s highly anticipated Arnica Anti-Bruise Kit includes oral and topical forms of Homeopathic Arnica Montana to reduce bruising from the inside and out. Arnica Montana 30X potency soft-grain tablets dissolve rapidly and stimulate the body’s natural response for healing. Recovery Cream is a unique combination of Arnica Montana plus vitamin K and botanicals to reduce bruising & swelling and improve circulation to bruised tissue. Contains 0.5 oz tube of Recovery Cream and 250 tablets of Arnica Montana 30X.$36.00
Packaged in a convenient five-day blister pack, our homeopathic Arnica Montana is perfect for busy, active lifestyles. Arnica Montana is indicated for the temporary relief from bruising, swelling and pain associated with soft tissue injury. Ideal for sprains and strains from overuse or sports injury and following filler injections (e.g., Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvederm®). Learn more about homeopathy and bruising. Blister pack contains 40 tablets.
Already taking a multi? Then adding an Omega-3 supplement is your next step to nutritional health. Flax Seed Oil is one of the richest sources of alpha-linolenic acid - an essential Omega-3 fatty acid that our body needs for overall health and wellness. But, the modern diet makes it difficult to obtain sufficient amounts of this essential nutrient. Our flax seed oil was developed in partnership with Omega Nutrition, a Canadian based company that specializes in producing organic seed oils for over 20 years. Just one to two softgels daily supports supple-looking skin, joint lubrication and regularity. Learn more about Omega-3s. Bottle contains 90 softgels.
Are you eating the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits & vegetables daily? If not, you may not be obtaining all of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to prevent aging and ensure good health. Phytonutrients are plant chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their distinctive color while providing protection from the sun’s harmful rays. When consumed, these plant nutrients confer health benefits to us. Be sure to cover gaps in your diet by taking Phyto-5 Phytonutrient Complex. Learn more about phytonutrients. Bottle contains 60 capsules.$26.00
If you take just one supplement, fish oil should be tops on your list. Our USP-certified fish oil was developed in partnership with Ocean Nutrition, a Canadian based company that specializes in the research and manufacture of Omega-3 based ingredients. Our concentrated formula is one of the highest available. This means you take fewer capsules to obtain the widely-recognized anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular health and brain function benefits. Whether you can’t fit salmon into your weekly meals or worry about the mercury content of ocean farmed fish, Super EPA/DHA Fish Oil ensures that you obtain these essential Omega-3 nutrients in your diet. Learn more about Omega-3s. Bottle contains 60 softgels.
To appreciate how good nutrition supports youthfulness and to recognize the key nutrients to look for in an anti aging supplement, it helps to first understand what causes aging.
Theories of Aging
While a number of theories exist, scientists believe aging is governed by both genetics and environmental forces. Genetic factors influence how long we live. So, if you’re grandmother, your mother and her sisters live long lives, there’s a good chance that you will too. For better or worse, we can’t change our genetics.
On the other end of the spectrum is diet and lifestyle which determines the quality of our years or healthspan. To a large extent, our daily habits determine the level of oxidation or free-radicals our bodies are exposed to. Free-radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that when go unchecked, can cause damage to healthy cells. Eating processed, packaged foods; smoking tobacco; drinking alcohol and tanning in the sun encourage free-radical production. But, everyday living and metabolism also generate free-radicals. This so-called free-radical theory of aging, points to the increased oxidative load placed on our bodies which promotes the aging process. Clearly, this end of the aging spectrum is very much within our control.
Antioxidants & Aging
As the name implies, antioxidants are “anti” oxidation. In other words, antioxidants slow down the “internal rusting” of our bodies as we age. Antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase and vitamins C and E work in the body to reduce, neutralize and eliminate free-radicals. In fact, different antioxidants work in different parts of the body to protect various organ systems. That’s why antioxidants, whether obtained through foods, applied topically or taken orally as part of an anti aging supplement, are the cornerstone of an age management program.
Keeping up with Repair & Maintenance
While more than 80 percent of facial aging may be caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, (known as photo-aging), a number of processes are in place that promote aging. For instance, our bodies’ ability to keep up with development, maintenance and repair is more challenged. In our joints, we are not as efficient at rebuilding and repairing cartilage. In our body, we are not as efficient at building new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, provides strength, resilience, and support to the skin, ligaments, tendons, bones, and other parts of the body. Elastin, another protein, provides the skin’s elasticity and resilience. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain moisture, keeps the joints lubricated and prevents the eyes from drying out.
Anti Aging Supplements
While aging is inevitable, you can slow down the process by ensuring that the nutrients your body needs are available to reduce the oxidative load and support tissue maintenance. Ideally, you want to obtain these nutrients from the foods you eat. However, since most of us don’t eat the recommended 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables daily – a key source for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – supplementing with an anti aging supplement is prudent.
Here is a list of key nutrients to look for in an anti aging supplement:
Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that is hundreds of times more potent that either vitamin C or E. Alpha-lipoic acid helps neutralize skin cell damage caused by free radicals, much like vitamins C and E. Alpha-lipoic is a versatile antioxidant in that it works in both fat-soluble and water-soluble environments. Many anti aging supplements include very little alpha-lipoic acid because it is an expensive ingredient.
B-Complex or the “stress fighting” family of water-soluble vitamins, maintain the health of the nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver and mouth. Two of the B-vitamins, biotin and pantothenic acid, are essential for smooth skin and lustrous, shiny hair. In an anti aging supplement, look for formulations that include the full B-Complex.
Carotenoids are a group of fat-soluble plant compounds. Some carotenoids convert into vitamin A and as such, are termed provitamin A. Carotenoids like beta-carotene only convert into vitamin A as the body requires it, preventing vitamin A toxicity. Healthy skin relies on vitamin A to maintain and repair tissue. Some carotenes such as lycopene, zeaxanthin and lutein do not have any provitamin A activity (do not convert into vitamin A). Instead, they exert potent antioxidant protective benefits.
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that the combination of carotenoids plus vitamin E protected against ultraviolet light-induced erythema (redness) in healthy volunteers. In an anti aging supplement, look for formulations that include natural, mixed carotenoids like Betatene®.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin whose antioxidant role is to protect the watery (aqueous) part of cells. Vitamin C is incorporated into an enzyme that helps stabilize collagen; promotes the healing of wounds and protects against blood clotting and bruising. In an anti aging supplement, look for formulations that include at least 500% of the Daily Values for vitamin C or 300 mg.
Copper is a trace mineral that aids in the formation of bone, hemoglobin and red blood cells. Copper works in balance with vitamin C and zinc to form elastin and is essential for the formation of collagen. Zinc competes with copper for absorption so be sure to look for formulations where the ratio of zinc to copper is 10:1 (e.g., 13 mg of zinc and 1.3 mg of copper).
Cysteine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is important for healthy skin functioning. Cysteine aids in the production of collagen and promotes proper elasticity and texture of skin. The amino acid is a detoxifier of alcohol, smoke and environmental pollutants.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that prevents the oxidation of fats. Vitamin E actually refers to a family of eight compounds: four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. Some members like alpha-tocopherol are the most potent in terms of vitamin E activity. Other members, like delta-tocotrienol, have more potent antioxidant, cholesterol lowering, and anti-cancer effects. Keep in mind that natural vitamin E is more readily absorbed than the synthetic counterpart. How can you tell? Look at labels. If you see an “l” in the ingredient list as in “dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate” that means the source is synthetic vitamin E. If you see just a “d” as in “d-alpha-tocopherol” that means the source is natural vitamin E. In an anti aging supplement, look for natural vitamin E from both tocotrienols and tocopherols. Formulations should include at least 400% of Daily Values of vitamin E or 120 IUs.
Flax Seed Oil is an excellent source of the Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is one of two essential fatty acids that our body requires to promote and maintain health. EFAs perform a number of vital functions in the body but are particularly important at the cellular level because they are a fundamental component of cell membranes. An adequate supply of EFAs in the diet is essential for healthy-looking skin because skin cells turn over very rapidly.
When purchasing an anti aging supplement that contains flax seed oil, look for flax seeds that are expeller-pressed for their oil at low temperatures without exposure to damaging light, oxygen and reactive metals. One to two grams of flax seed oil a day is usually sufficient.
Grape Seed Extract is a powerful antioxidant with excellent bioavailability that strengthens collagen. Grape seed helps to cross link collagen fibers, preventing collagen destruction. In an anti aging supplement, look for grape seed extract that is standardized to 95-98% polyphenols.
Green Tea Extract contains protective compounds called polyphenols that have antioxidant activity and work as chemopreventive agents. The main polyphenol associated with chemopreventive benefits is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). In an anti aging supplement, look for green tea that is standardized to 60% polyphenols.
Ginkgo Biloba Extract is a powerful antioxidant herb known for increasing circulation and that has anti-aging properties. In an anti aging supplement, look for ginkgo biloba that is standardized to 24% ginkgo flavone glycosides.
Lutein is a carotenoid that is found in yellow and dark green, leafy vegetables including spinach and kale. Within the skin, lutein appears to be deposited in the epidermis and dermis. Lutein protects the skin by absorbing blue-light and quenching free-radicals that may be produced in the skin after exposure to the light. A study published in 2007 in the Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology demonstrated the benefits of administering lutein to healthy women, aged 25-50. Those in the treatment group had improved skin hydration, skin lipid content, and skin elasticity. They also had enhanced photoprotective activity whether the lutein was taken orally, applied topically or administered by both routes. In an anti aging supplement, look for formulations that include Flora-GLO® lutein, a branded ingredient made by Cognis Health.
Manganese is a trace mineral that is a key element in the production of enzymes needed to neutralize free-radicals. In an anti aging supplement, look for formulations that include at least 100% of Daily Values of chelated manganese or 2 mg.
Milk Thistle is a powerful antioxidant that contains potent liver protecting substances. The active compound silymarin also stimulates the production of new liver cells. In an anti aging supplement, look for milk thistle that is standardized to 80% silymarin.
Pycnogenol® is extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. Pycnogenol possesses a broad spectrum of biological, pharmacological and therapeutic activities against free-radicals and oxidative stress. In a study published in 2004 in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, researchers found that Pycnogenol selectively binds to collagen and elastin and protects these proteins from degradation.
Selenium is a trace mineral that inhibits the oxidation of fats and protects vitamin E. Selenium is incorporated into glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that has peroxidase activity and protects the body from oxidative damage. In an anti aging supplement, look for formulations that include at least 125 mcgs of chelated selenium.
Zinc is a trace mineral that acts as an antioxidant that is essential for protein synthesis and collagen formation. Zinc promotes efficient healing of skin infections and is important for tissue strength and repair. In an anti aging supplement, look for formulations that include 5 mgs of chelated zinc.
Fight Aging from the Inside Out
Regardless of your motivation, if you want to actively manage the aging process, one of the best ways is by adding a high-quality anti aging supplement to your daily routine. When combined with a health-promoting diet, professional skin care products, daily use of a sunscreen, you can quell the aging process.