What You Need to Know About Anti-Aging

What You Need to Know About Anti-Aging

Anti-aging 

Written by Melissa Bistricer, RDN

For further questions or concerns email me at mbistricer@invitehealth.com

Aging can be difficult, but there are things you can learn to help you through the anti-aging process. With a balanced diet and clinically-studied nutrients, you can enhance your body’s overall aging health.†

What Happens When We Age?

As we age, the body starts to deteriorate through the cardiovascular system, bones, joints, muscles, bladder, urinary tract, memory, ears, eyes, teeth, skin and more. Your 40s and 50s are a concern as we start to age around then. However, you can be as early as mid-30s and continue to age.†

In the cardiovascular system, when we age the blood vessels and arteries stiffen, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood. The heart will compensate and start to increase the workload, pumping more blood. These changes can cause high blood pressure (hypertension) and possibly other cardiovascular conditions.†

The bones in the body start to shrink as size and density decrease. The muscles begin to weaken, making older individuals more susceptible to fractures. As we age, our muscles start to lose strength, endurance and flexibility which can affect coordination, stability and balance.†

In older age, the digestive system starts to slow down metabolism; which can cause constipation. This can be due to lack of exercise, not drinking enough fluids and a low-fiber diet. The weakening of bladder muscles and pelvic floor muscles can cause frequent urination or complete loss of bladder control.†

Our brain starts to change as we experience memory and thinking issues. This can be simply as older individuals forgetting names of words, and other simple tasks. There are recommendations to help slow the aging process through diet, exercise, and clinically studied nutrients.†

Nutrition Therapy for Anti-Aging

With aging, we want to ensure that you are eating a well-balanced diet that includes eating more powerful antioxidant foods. Antioxidants can help the anti-aging process and increase one’s longevity, but we need to focus on also providing beneficial nutrients.†

Beneficial nutrients include protein, calcium, Vitamin D, eliminating the intake of saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated and trans fats can cause inflammation and raise your LDL known as the “bad” cholesterol and lower the HDL the “good” cholesterol, which may increase the risk of heart disease.†

The best diet to follow as we age is a Mediterranean-style diet. This is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, antioxidants, vitamin C, lean protein, fatty fish, and colorful produce. The Mediterranean diet helps to fight off inflammation and keep you younger longer!†

Foods to consider adding to your diet can be: tomatoes, walnuts, artichokes, pomegranates, avocados, olive oil, salmon, lentils, beans, oatmeal, and Medjool dates.†

You should consider excluding these from your diet: processed red meats, heavily processed foods, frozen meals with lots of sodium, refined grains, alcohol, butter, refined, and processed or hydrogenated oils†

After the diet is under control, exercise is extremely important for anti-aging and staying young. A study published by the European Heart Journal, done over a 6 month time frame with 124 people; participants were instructed to perform endurance, resistance training, or high intensity interval training (HIIT). After the 6 months, researchers established that HIIT and endurance training was beneficial for cell growth and replication. New research determined that two types of exercise to slow the aging process are high intensity interval training (HIIT) and endurance training.†

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Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs

Lastly, we can look at clinically-studied nutrients that can be beneficial for the healthy aging process in conjunction with nutrition and exercise recommendations.†

Resveratrol HxⓇ  is a formulation complex with active trans-resveratrol, quercetin and grape seed extract. Resveratrol is a polyphenolic flavonoid found in the seeds and skin of red grapes; which is included in red wine, grapes, some berries and peanuts. Studies in the past have shown that resveratrol, a natural phytoestrogen can be beneficial for anti-aging therapy.†

Resveratrol has been studied to have beneficial actions in intracellular pathways; activated by anti-oxidant defense, regulation of cell cycle, mitochondrial energy protection, and vascular tone.1 The results suggest that polyphenol resveratrol has diverse biological effects. Evidence finds that resveratrol has protected against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological disorders.†

Quercetin is a polyphenol known as an antioxidant to protect against oxidative stress. Quercetin is naturally found in plant products, specifically onions, which has the highest quantity of quercetin. Quercetin is beneficial in anti-aging; it has anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, and anti-viral properties.†2

Grape seed contains flavonoids and non-flavonoids that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Grape seed extract is beneficial in helping with neurological disorders, including stroke, autism and psychiatric disorders.3 In the formulation of Resveratrol Hx, the active trans-resveratrol, quercetin, and grape seed extract can help to support heart health and brain health.†

As individuals age, its normal process to reduce the production of ATP, which decreases the production of skeletal muscles. The mitochondria is the powerhouse for energy; this produces adenosine triphosphate otherwise known as our ATP. Aging is correlated with the functional decline in mitochondria. In advanced age, mitochondrial DNA, integrity, and functionality will reduce due to the oxidative damage in the reactive oxygen species (ROS).4 This is the major energy source for our bodies as we age. When this is declining then energy sources will decline as well. This is where our ATP HxⓇ comes into play to support energy, endurance, and strength for aging individuals.†

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Healthy Aging Program

Resveratrol Hx supports cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic health†
ATP HxⓇ supports your energy needs†

For further questions or concerns related to dietary and nutritional supplement recommendations email me at mbistricer@invitehealth.com

Sources

1. Markus MA, Morris BJ. Resveratrol in prevention and treatment of common clinical conditions of aging. Clin Interv Aging. 2008;3(2):331-339.
2. Deepika, Maurya PK. Health Benefits of Quercetin in Age-Related Diseases. Molecules. 2022 Apr 13;27(8):2498. doi: 10.3390/molecules27082498. PMID: 35458696; PMCID: PMC9032170.
3. Mehdipour R, Ebrahimzadeh-Bideskan A, Hosseini M, et al. The benefits of grape seed extract in neurological disorders and brain aging [published online ahead of print, 2022 Mar 28]. Nutr Neurosci. 2022;1-15. doi:10.1080/1028415X.2022.2051954
4. Chistiakov DA, Sobenin IA, Revin VV, Orekhov AN, Bobryshev YV. Mitochondrial aging and age-related dysfunction of mitochondria. Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:238463. doi:10.1155/2014/238463

 

 

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