Nutraceuticals -
(supplements with medicinal properties to help prevent aging )

The latest trend in aging skin care and anti aging is nutraceuticals - types of food, herbs and other supplements that have specific medicinal properties to promote good health and fight or prevent disease. Simply stated, they make you gorgeous from the inside out.

Many estheticians, as also doctors advise popping a vitamin a day to see your skin glow and your shine within weeks. These are, of course, only the external manifestations of the much deeper changes that occur within your body.

Scientists currently researching the effects of supplements and drugs on the human body believe that the Human Race, particularly those living in the affluent, developed countries, will see a boost in their average life span from anything between 10% to 30% by mid 21st century; an additional 7 to 25 years of healthy, active life.

The puzzle of aging has undergone a partial deconstruct! Most scientists believe that aging can be traced to cellular damage caused primarily by the Free Radicals (unstable oxygen molecules circulating in our blood that oxidize tissue much as rust attacks metal), although other factors such as sun, alcohol or psychological stress contribute.

With every breath you take, Free Radicals are produced in your body. They attack surrounding proteins, fats and genes. During your youthful years your body's natural antioxidants swiftly repair most of the damage. But, once the reproductive years are over, nature lowers your body's defenses... its most important job, from nature's perspective, is done. Your body systems, thereon, function less efficiently to counter the attacks by the free-radicals, and damage accumulates rapidly.

In other words, aging is the result of oxidative stress, a process in which the body literally rusts over time.

Medical science has proved that free radicals are involved in more than 81 diseases, including cardiovascular and heart disease, cancer, arthritis and diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neuro-degenerative disorders - the diseases we associate with aging .

So what can you do? Bone up on the newest research and use your knowledge of the newest treatments and products available to take preventative measures.

Anti-oxidants are the elements that fight the free radicals that age our bodies and lower our defenses.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man. It is found in several foods, yeast and liver,
kidney, spinach, broccoli and potatoes. It acts both intra- and extra-cellularly while fighting oxidative damage in general, and also helps maintain a normal blood sugar metabolism.

"Preliminary data suggests that Alpha Lipoic Acid can protect against damage to the brain or neural tissue as well. This is generally thought to be related to potent antioxidant properties, which reduce oxidative damage" .

A breakthrough study on Anti-Aging was profiled in Readers Digest in November 2003. Conducted by Dr Ames at the University of California at Berkeley, on an element know as L-Carnite, it found that the most potent effect was arrived at by combining the powerful antioxidant and "free radicals-fighter" Alpha Lipoic Acid with Acetyl-L-Carnitine.

L-Carnitine (the "L" refers to its chemical polarity) is used by the body to transport long chain fatty acids to the mitochondria in cells, where they are burned for energy. Since all muscular energy is derived from burning fat , lack of L-Carnitine may lead to low energy levels and muscular weakness. L-Carnitine deficiencies can also appear as mental confusion or cloudiness, angina (heart pain), and weight gain.

"Animal studies have also indicated that supplemental Acetyl-L-Carnitine can reverse age-associated changes in lipid metabolism."

Not only that, every new study undertaken by scientists,doctors and nutritionists indicate that the extra years now possible in the normal lifespan can be healthful years of vigor and productivity, provided we take active steps towards damage control by restricting the on-going negative effects of the free radicals within our body .

Effective therapies for intervention exist, but we must know which are for us, and how to use them. There is no doubt, however, that Nutraceuticals provide the key!

NADH: The object of new and ongoing research is an element, a co-enzyme called NADH, short for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, with the H standing for hydrogen. On the basis of such research, NADH is considered by many to be amongst the most biological potent elements found in the body.

"Science is learning that NADH may have a direct positive involvement in enhancing the immune system, fighting disease and in repairing the body damage caused by disease."

NADH is also a potent energy producer that works directly with your metabolism to create more energy for every cell in your body, including muscle, nerve cells and the brain cells. While creating energy, it helps your body to burn all foods. It also has potent effect on the memory cells, too, in addition to being a mood enhancer (as it has a role in the development of serotonin and dopamine, that cause a feeling of well being).

Coenzyme Q10 : "It is an essential component of one of the most fundamental biochemical processes in living beings: the converting of fuel into energy. That process is what allows all our hearts to pump, our brains to work, our immune systems to fight disease. So a deficiency of coQ10 could lead to a wide range of illnesses and health problems -- and it could be fatal. Need I say more?"

"Biopsies on gums of individuals with periodontal disease have shown a deficiency of this nutrient.
And, over the past 30 years, there has been growing research showing that coQ10 can help heal gum disease."

HGH: Growth hormone is one of the hormones secreted by the pituitary gland, the master gland of the body. Situated at the base of the brain, it secretes multiple hormones, which control growth, fertility, metabolism, utilization of energy, responses to external temperature changes and generally how our bodies maintain their balance.

While during childhood, it is really involved mainly in growth and the attainment of final adult height, after final growth has been achieved, growth hormone is influential in the synthesis of proteins, which are the building blocks of the body.

At the same time, growth hormone also stimulates the liver to manufacture another hormone, which is termed insulin-like growth factor 1 or IGF-1, which is a very powerful stimulator of bony growth.

There is no doubt that GH (Growth hormone) is one of the most complex and crucial substances produced in the body. It regulates growth, fertility, metabolism and many more bodily functions.

Lately, much has been written about its possible use as an anti-aging miracle drug. But it's important to separate fact from fiction in discussing the basics about this essential human hormone.

People with age related deficiency of HGH become fat, flabby, frail, and lethargic, lose interest in sex, have trouble sleeping, concentrating, remembering things, tire easily, and in general, lose their zest for life. With HGH, all these so-called signs of aging are reversed.Now research is being conducted with natural supplements that stimulate the pituitary gland to release hGH . Some such studies have reported benefits such as increased energy, reduced blood pressure, improved sexual potency, weight loss, and diminished wrinkles and age spots.

"With pituitary stimulants, the body's doing the producing, so there's no feedback inhibition" opine some doctors." However, there's no long term research data available on the use of agents like arginine, ornithine, GABA, and others to stimulate the pituitary to increase output of human growth hormone... it's just too new to know much concerning the long haul."

Despite the scepticism of the medics, this line of treatment has its followers, and independent studies have shown beneficial results. There are also some excited users of such products, who see HGH as a panacea to aging and the the ability to synthesize growth hormone in the lab as the panacea to aging.

The fact that is indisputable is even though HGH, human growth hormone, may not be the wonder drug that keeps the body from aging, it is a vital chemical that keeps the body healthy and functioning.

DHEA:Testosterone, androstenedione and DHEAS are naturally produced in the body. DHEAS and androstenedione are precursors for testosterone. They're made by the adrenal gland as well as reproductive organs in our body. When anabolic-androgenic steroids are prescribed appropriately, a patient who had low levels, who was complaining of decreased mood, lassitude, fatigue, decreased muscle tone, decreased libido, decreased sexual function, each of those things could improve. Bone health can improve.

No shortage of options, is there? Another new buzz word is COSMECEUTICALS - cosmetic creams developed to stimulate collagen and cell renewal from ingredients that work as a natural face-lift, (without the need for Botox and other painful surgical procedures). More on Cosmeceuticals here:

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