Anti-Aging

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Astaxanthin

  • In 2011 Alternative Medicine Review published a review which noted that astaxanthin goes beyond relieving oxidative stress and inflammation and shows promise for slowing general age-related functional decline.
  • In 2013 the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry published a trial which found that fruit flies that consumed an astaxanthin-rich green algae had a significant increase in lifespan.

Acai

  • In 2013 Age published a study in which flies given an acai supplement had an increased lifespan, reduced oxidative stress and improved nutrient metabolism.

Red wine

  • In 2012 Clinical Science published an in vitro study which found that red wine extract prevented DNA damage of endothelial cells and relaxed coronary arteries. The authors note that the polyphenols in red wine may preserve endothelial function during aging.

Royal Jelly

  • In 2012 the Journal of Medicinal Food published an animal study involving female rats with estrogen deficiency caused by the removal of both ovaries. The estrogen deficiency lead to a reduction in collagen and thinner skin. Supplementation of one percent royal jelly in the diet restored collagen to close-to-normal levels which lead to greater protection against skin aging.

Vitamin A – Reduce wrinkles associated with skin aging

  • In 2007 Archives of Dermatology published a double-blind clinical trial in which 0.4 percent retinol lotion or a placebo was applied to the right or left arm of 36 elderly patients 3 times per week for 36 weeks. The retinol improved fine line and wrinkles and increased collagen production, improving overall skin appearance.

Ginseng – Prevents age related memory decline

  • In 2015 the Journal of Ginseng Research published an animal study which found that 3 months of treatment with red ginseng extract mitigated memory deterioration in aged mice through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.

Resveratrol – Age related brain decline

  • In 2015 Age published an animal study which showed that 4 weeks of resveratrol administration reversed age related decline in the working memory of rats by preventing the decline of neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and noradrenalin.
  • In 2016 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory published an animal study which found that resveratrol reversed age-related learning deficits and memory impairment in rats, through its anti-inflammatory properties.

Meditation – slows age-related mental decline

  • In 2014 Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences published a review of 12 studies measuring the effects of meditation on age-related cognitive decline. Studies involved reported positive effects on memory, attention, processing speed and executive function.

Coffee

  • In 2016 The Journal of Nutrition published a study based on 4780 female nurses which found that higher coffee consumption and greater caffeine intake in general was associated with longer telomeres – a predictor of longevity.

Topical vitamin C – helps prevent skin aging

  • In 2004 BMC Dermatology published a study involving 33 women which found that a topical cream containing 3 percent vitamin C, when used on the inner forearm for 4 months, was able to help prevent skin aging.

Blueberries – Slows brain aging

  • In 2006 Neurobiology of Aging published an animal study which found that 10 weeks of a blueberry supplemented diet protected rats exposed to an inflammatory trigger from a number of neurodegenerative processes in the brain.
  • In 2008 Free Radical Biology and Medicine published an animal study which found that 12 weeks of a blueberry supplemented diet improved the working memory of aged animals, with benefits staring as early as 3 weeks.
  • In 2010 Glia published an animal study which found that a 2 percent supplemented blueberry diet prevented aged-induced brain inflammation in rats by activating a type of brain cell known as microglia.

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