Supplements may help slow the aging process

One of the easiest ways to ensure you are fighting the effects of aging is to supply your body with antioxidants from vitamin and mineral supplements. Antioxidants combat the harmful effects of oxidation in the body, thereby prolonging the life of cells. 

Vitamins A, C and E, beta carotene, alpha-lipoic acid, and the mineral selenium are major antioxidants. Let's discuss two quickly:

Vitamin C

One of its most important functions is the synthesis, formation and maintenance of collagen. Collagen is the cement that supports and holds tissues and organs together, much like steel rods used in reinforced concrete. A lack of vitamin C can cause your skin to sag and make you look older than you really are.

Vitamin E

Natural vitamin E is referenced as d-alpha-tocopherol. The "d" means it's from a natural source. The synthetic kind, "dl"-alpha-tocopherol, is derived from petrochemicals and is much cheaper. Many researchers suggest that vitamin E may have a positive effect on those engaged in strenuous exercise; may be beneficial to circulation, our immune response, and for general body protection.

There is much more information in my book, Aging Without Growing Old, in the "Anti-Aging Therapies" chapter. Here I discuss the latest research on hormone replacement therapy which includes DHEA and melatonin (which may reset the aging clock) and much more. In the Men's and Women's chapters I discuss hormones and nutrients that will help prevent the aging process.

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