For thousands of years, there is documentation that humans have sought out the secrets to longevity. There is something very seductive about controlling the length of your life. The drug anti-aging industry is booming more than ever before. Most recently scientists studied the blood of a woman of 115 years to try to reverse our cells ultimate arrival to death so we can have a shot at understanding what lies within those that exceed average life expectancy.
There is an increasing number of gimmicks and false information that make impressionable folks invest resources into trying to attain maximum longevity, many of which are simply scams.
When we think of longevity, most people think about the heart or lungs as the main eliminator of life, but to preserve the brain organ is of utmost importance as well. The mind and the body are interconnected and both need upkeep. This means that you need to take care of the mind and body together.
There are an increasing number of neurodegenerative diseases such as forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s that are affecting the older population. There are steps that can be taken to potentially prevent or mitigate the damage to your brain over time from toxic substances, heavy metals in food or water, etc.
There are a number of nootropics that can be used to not only boost overall cognitive performance like memory, focus, etc., but there also applications in folks who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Here are some vitamins, minerals, nootropics and other supplements in which you can take to help you live longer.
Prevent Neurodegenerative Diseases with Supplements
There are a variety of vitamins, minerals, and supplements on the market, but few can compare to fish oil. Fish oil, or krill oil is one of the most commonly recommended and taken supplements on the market. It has a number of applications, but can mainly be used to keep your brain activity running optimal. There are many studies that back this and there is a proven track record with fish oil as humans lack the ability to produce their own omega fatty acids.
We’ve already mentioned that forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s can cut life short, so in the interest of longevity, fish oil can be taken to reduce risk of depression and suicide as well as breast, colon, and prostate cancer. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. There are studies that do confirm that fish oil can prevent Parkinson’s disease as well. Fish oil can also slow bones less rate and increase bone density. It helps facilitate weight loss and decreases blood sugar when in combination with exercise. There was also a study that showed fish oil prevents stroke by 27%.
Fish oil has also been proven to reduce inflammation which is the basis of many diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, etc. Taking around 3 grams of fish oil per day is recommended to realize the most full benefit of its use. There are a variety of fish oil supplements to choose from so do your research.
In addition, we can go into each in more detail but calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, selenium, and beta-carotene all supplements that can be used along with a number of nootropics to help keep your mind and body in tip-top shape.
For example, calcium keeps your bones strong and helps prevent osteoporosis. It is also necessary for muscle and nerve function along with blood transport. In one study, 38,000 women were studied over 22 years and calcium was the only common multivitamin that had a positive effect on mortality. Another study has shown that calcium can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack in women so it’s best to conduct with your doctor before taking anything.
Antioxidants are Key
Diets rich in beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A has been known to prevent cancer according to some studies. It is found naturally in fruits and vegetables.
Selenium forms antioxidant enzymes in the body. This helps with destroying the byproducts of cell metabolism and exposure to toxins. One study found that low levels of selenium were associated with higher mortality.
Vitamin C is essential in the manufacturing of both collagen and neurotransmitters. It is also one of the most powerful antioxidants. Research is still ongoing and inconclusive in determining whether vitamin C can prevent certain types of cancers and potentially cardiovascular disease.
The various B vitamins like B6, B12, folic acid, help in the creation of neurotransmitters, blood cells, regulating the amino acids in the body, lessening the risk of heart disease and stroke. Essentially, the B vitamins help with nerve and blood health.
Vitamin D was shown in a 2007 study to increase longevity by reducing the occurrence of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Nootropics improve your memory and help with neurodegenerative diseases associated with the various kinds of dementia. For example, piracetam increases the blood flow to your brain. Lion’s Mane can treat nerve damage to your brain. Curcumin, most commonly extracted from turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant that can potentially prevent forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s.
Epitalon: Potential Fountain of Youth?
Epitalon is a peptide produced by the pineal gland. One theory of aging comes from the shortening of telomeres in our DNA. Telomeres are what prevent your DNA from unraveling during each cell division. The hormone epithalamin, which are produced with epitalon, tells the cell to produce more telomerase which can potentially result in the reversal of age-related diseases as well as reverse signs of aging.
The functionality of the pineal gland declines with age, which is partly responsible for most age-related diseases that come in the later stages of life. As a result, telomerase are produced less and less as we grow older. Epitalon counters this by being an endogenous source for producing more telomerase in our DNA.
Typically the peptide is given 2-3 times a day for 10-20 days in dosages of 5-10mg each. There have been no negative side effects reported, but is essentially unregulated for human consumption. The results have been promising thus far, but further studies are needed to assess the safety & efficacy of telomerase activators such as epitalon.
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