All these important anti-aging factors will determine how long you stay active, increase your life span and defy aging.
Human Growth Hormone
You’ve got it in abundance in your youth. With good reason. Your body relies on its many powers to fuel healthy development. In adults, HGH has been shown to:
• Increase Energy
• Enhance sexual performance
• Build muscle and bone
• Eliminate wrinkles
• Enhance immune function and mood
• Improve cholesterol and vision.
But you’re losing it with each passing year. Here are three simple ways to unleash its rejuvenating power:
• Eat More Protein: HGH levels rise with a high protein diet, especially when combined with exercise that increases muscle mass.
• Perform Strenuous Exercise: High-intensity exercise boosts your HGH. Do this only if you’re conditioned.
• Take Glutamine: Researchers from the Louisiana State University College of Medicine found that just 2 grams of glutamine raised HGH levels more than four times higher than those who took a placebo. Take 2 grams at bedtime.
You already know this as the “good” cholesterol. It’s critical to the health of your cell membranes. Your skin, hair, and nails use it to stay healthy. Your body needs it to make all your sex hormones.
• Low: < 40
• Normal: 40-80
• Best Anti-Aging: > 80
Luckily, there are safe, natural ways to restore it to youthful levels:
• Get more omega-3: Wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, free-farmed, organic poultry, nuts, olive, eggs and avocados are all rich in this “good” fat. Cod liver oil – the best omega-3 supplement on earth – will also boost your HDL levels naturally.
• Policosanol – 40 mg.
This safe plant extract naturally ramps up HDL, as much as 29 percent.
• Niacin – 20 mg. Nuts, dried beans, liver, poultry, and fish are all rich in it. Or take 20 mg a day in supplement form.
• Garlic – 2 raw cloves. Raw garlic can lower blood pressure by as much as 73 percent.6 You can also find its active ingredient as a supplement in most health food stores. It’s called “allicin.”
One of the key aging factors most doctors overlook. Every cell in your body makes it as they turn fuel into energy. It gets dumped into your bloodstream afterwards. Think of it as a waste product.
Homocysteine is responsible for system-wide inflammation, Enemy Number One in the battle against aging. Inflammation lies at the core of almost all age-related conditions, from heart disease to arthritis.
That’s why homocysteine is probably the most powerful measure of how fast your body is aging. In high concentrations, it actually causesrapid cell death. In fact, one study found that homocysteine tripled the speed of the aging process.
Get your homocysteine level measured with a simple blood test. A level above 10.4 mmol/L is abnormally high. Around 7 is considered normal.
You can easily reduce it with these safe, natural supplements (amounts are daily):
• Vitamin B12 – 500 mcg
• Folic Acid – 800 mcg
• Vitamin B6 – 25 mg
• Riboflavin (B2) – 25 mg
• TMG (trimethylglyceine) – 500 mg
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. They provide a major source of energy between meals. Your body stores unused calories as triglycerides in your fat cells. But if you eat more calories than you burn, your levels ramp up. This is how your arteries get clogged.
Simply put, triglycerides speed up time for your cardiovascular system—and take years off your life.
Get your levels tested the next time you see your doctor. Here’s an idea of where they should be:
1. High: > 200 mg/ dl
2. Normal: 150 to 199 mg/dl
3. Best Anti-Aging: < 100 mg/dl
There are safe, natural ways to bring triglyceride levels within your ideal anti-aging range:
• Boost the amount of omega-3 in your diet. This is far and away the best way to lower triglycerides. You can take a teaspoon of cod liver oil daily.
• Eliminate starchy, high-carb foods.
• Niacin – 20 mg. Just as it raises HDL, it lowers triglycerides.
Cutting-edge research is revealing the power of a “master antioxidant” – a tripeptide molecule called glutathione (GSH).
People with the highest levels of GSH are the ones who routinely live past 100. Plus, it may prevent a host of chronic diseases like arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and diabetes – just to name a few.
Best of all, boosting your levels of GSH is easy.
When scientists at the University of Louisville gave mosquitoes a GSH booster, their levels went up by 50 to 100 percent. And, their life spans increased by a remarkable 30 to 38 percent.
Doctors at the Montreal General Hospital Research Institute in Canada then repeated the experiment with mice. They were able to duplicate the results – boosting levels of GSH and increasing life spans.
Their success prompted others to investigate the effects of GSH in humans. Odense University in Denmark compared levels of GSH in centenarians (age 100 to 105) and people age 60 to 79 and found that GSH was higher in the centenarians. And among the centenarian group, those who were the most active had the very highest levels.
In the same way that high levels of GSH increase life spans, low levels of GSH show a direct link to chronic degenerative diseases. Here’s just a partial list:
• Heart Disease
• Renal Failure
• High Blood Pressure
• Hearing Loss
• Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)
• Macular Degeneration
And high levels of GSH are associated with fewer illnesses. A University of Michigan study found that those with higher GSH levels reported a greater sense of well being along with lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reduced body fat.
Where to Obtain GSH from foods?
The most natural way to get more GSH is eating foods high in glutathione. These include:
• kale and
• Brussels sprouts.
You can also search for these nutritional supplements in lieu of foods that will boost your GSH also:
• Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
• Grape Seed Extract:
It's a type of spicy powder used in traditional Indian culinary.
There are also two reliable GSH precursors – substances that stimulate the production of GSH. These are:
• N-acetyl cysteine (in a dose of 1,800 mg to 2,400 mg a day).
• Whey protein, commonly found in protein powders.