3 Types of Anti-Aging Pills and Their Benefits
The promise of staying younger for longer has long been sought after. Generation after generation, quality of life has improved. Today, people live longer and are able to do more. Could it be possible that anti-aging pills could help us do whatever we get our minds and muscles on even as we continue to age? Can anti-aging pills stop our bodies from deteriorating?
In this article, we review three types of anti-aging supplements that have rapidly gained popularity and following over the past few years.
1. Resveratrol Supplements. The health buzz concerning resveratrol started back in 1992 when scientists from Cornell University published a study that pointed out, resveratrol, may be the health-giving, anti-aging substance found in grapes.
Resveratrol became even more popular when other studies have pointed out many other health benefits that red wine drinkers may be able to derive from grapes. Resveratrol may also be obtained from other food sources including berries and peanuts.
Today, resveratrol supplements are sold in the market as pills, tablets or liquids.
Some of the highly possible health benefits of resveratrol are listed below:
- Prevent and control diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease often associated with heredity and unhealthy lifestyle. Resveratrol may help you address diabetes associated with aging, and the good news is that, this otherwise fantastic claim is backed by science. A study published in Nature in 2006 showed that mice in the experimental group mimicked those under normal diets, and even significantly improved their survival rates.
Other than establishing the health benefits concerning keeping sugar levels at bay, this study also established that introducing improvements in small molecules have the potential of improving the health and well-being of mammals, including humans.
- Prevent, control, and eliminate cancer. Resveratrol supplement manufacturers also claim that resveratrol may stop the development and progression of cancer, and even trigger apoptosis or, the body’s natural, physiologic way of destroying and eliminating cancer cells from the body.
- Prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease and improve cognitive performance of those who already has the disease. Resveratrol has the potential to remove plaques and buildups in our nerves that, over time, result to damages in our brains, and possible restrictions to our movements.
In a study conducted in 2006, researchers attempted to prolong the lifespan and delay the onset of aging in fish species known as Nothobranchius furzeri, which only lives up to maximum of 13 weeks, on the average. The diet of those in the experimental group were infused with resveratrol. It was observed that resveratrol delayed the slowing down of locomotor activities, and even protected the brain from degeneration. Lifespan was significantly prolonged, and aging was significantly delayed.
- Prevent heart diseases. Resveratrol makes blood less sticky, allowing it to flow smoothly all over the body and helps prevent blood clots, which is the major cause of a heart attack. In a study ” conducted in 2012, resveratrol has been linked to improving endurance, particularly when performing endurance exercises. The researchers also observed how resveratrol supplementation improved overall exercise performance and cardiac function.
- Prevent signs of skin aging. Skin aging is mostly caused by chronic, life-long exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Resveratrol, reputed for its high antioxidant content, can be a great way to scavenge free radicals and eliminate them, as well as protect the skin from aging. What may interest you to know is that topical application of resveratrol may just be as good as ingesting it.
Unlike most supplements, the anti-aging benefits that may be derived from resveratrol are well studied. Therefore, there is no question that health claims concerning resveratrol are well-founded. Perhaps the bigger problem is that, supplements are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as such, there is no way of telling for sure if the labels found on resveratrol supplements are factual and are at prescribed levels.
However, more research is called for to study its side effects, most especially with prolonged intake. While resveratrol supplementation may be beneficial in some, results could be disastrous for others.
Men and women who may have existing problems with their hormones or reproductive systems must refrain from resveratrol supplementation. Resveratrol is related to sex hormone production, specifically that of estrogen, and may react with related maintenance drugs.
Those who are taking maintenance meds for their blood pressure and heart problems may also want to consider consulting with their doctors first before getting a resveratrol supplementation. Resveratrol may interact with Coumadin and other drugs including pain killers.
2. DHEA Supplements. Dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA for short, is a precursor of both male and female sex hormones that are naturally produced by the adrenal glands and brain. The body’s natural levels and production of DHEA slows down with age thus, the central claim of DHEA supplementation—improved sex drive—began to proliferate.
DHEA benefits claimed range from improved sex drive, improved immune system, delayed onset of signs of aging, promote good memory and mood, and stronger bones and muscles.
Other uses claimed for DHEA supplementation include:
- weight loss
- easing menopausal problems
- used as vaginal insert to strengthen vaginal muscles
- improve depression and fatigue
- increase bone mineral density
- fight signs of skin aging
Out of all these health benefits claimed for DHEA supplementation, more recent researches seem to point out similarly that DHEA may help delay signs of skin aging by improving skin hydration.
DHEA may possibly negatively affect other hormones of the body, and may result to the following possible side effects:
- In women, irregular periods, decreased size of breasts, more hair growth, oily skin, and increased risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer
- In men, frequent and urgent need to urinate, reduced testes size, increased risk for developing prostate cancer
- Extreme mood changes
- Development of heart problems
3. Noni. Noni is a tree traditionally used for its herbal medicinal properties. It contains many substances including potassium. In this modern day and age, the reported goodness of Noni has been encapsulated in pills and marketed for many, even unrelated, health claims.
Below is a long list of the health benefits of noni supplementation.
- Colic, digestive problems, and gastric ulcers
- Painful urination
- Heart problems and high blood pressure
- Kidney disorders
- Arthritis, muscle and joint pains
- Menstrual cramps
- Protect skin from and improve signs of aging
Generally, further studies are necessary to establish the safety and effectivity of use of Noni. Experts also caution that regular and prolonged intake of Noni can also increase potassium levels in the body which can cause kidney diseases and liver damage.
Supplements, including resveratrol, DHEA, and Noni, are not regulated by the FDA. Therefore, there is no authority to establish truthfulness of manufacturers’ claims, not even to check that product labels are correct.
If you are considering oral supplementation to address signs of skin aging, you may best reconsider and turn to natural remedies and topical creams. For best results, combine both topical application with a healthy, balanced diet. Coupled with exercise, you won’t only be improving your youthful glow but, more importantly, improve your overall health as well.
Ask yourself again, do you really need to supplement to prevent signs of aging?