What Can Anti-Aging Supplements Do?
As a provider at CT Derm in Fruitland, I often get asked about over-the-counter supplements that our patients can take to help combat the signs of aging. There are plenty of supplements on the market that are touting themselves as anti-aging but there are some basic supplements that you can take that can help combat signs of aging without breaking the bank.
The first supplement that I recommend is collagen. Pieces of collagen, known as collagen peptides, help with rejuvenating muscle, skin, and blood vessels. Taking this supplement consistently for six months to a year can help with improving your skin by decreasing signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Another beneficial supplement is Co-Q10, which is an antioxidant produced by our bodies. That production can decrease as we age, so supplementation is important for combating that depletion. Due to that decrease, I recommend that my patients take supplemental Co-Q10, as it can limit the accumulation of free radicals in our bodies, which leads to premature aging and decreased physical and mental performance.
Other important supplements include turmeric, gingko biloba, and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). NAC is a supplement form of cysteine. Consuming adequate cysteine and NAC helps with replenishing the most powerful antioxidant in your body: glutathione. Glutathione is one of the body’s most important antioxidants, which helps neutralize free radicals that can damage cells and tissues in your body, leading to premature aging.
Memory Care Pro contains turmeric and gingko biloba.
Ginkgo biloba contains powerful antioxidants that help with battling damage from free radicals in our environment. It also helps with improving brain function and decreasing inflammation that can lead to premature aging.
Curcumin, which is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory and has been found to battle the damage of cells in our bodies. Cell damage can lead to premature aging, which can be reflected in our appearance and overall performance of daily tasks.
I encourage all patients to review this list of possible supplements with their health care providers, as not all supplements are appropriate for everyone. Your provider should help you in determining the appropriate dosages, as well as appropriate combinations and ruling out possible drug interactions with necessary prescription medications. Be sure to report all supplements that you are taking when seeing your provider so this can be done.
I grew up in North Central Idaho and attended college in Idaho. I am a certified adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner who has worked in healthcare since 2002. My patients’ personal healthcare goals are important, as is helping formulate treatment plans that are agreeable to my patients.
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