Antioxidants are natural compounds found in fruits and vegetables and are available as over-the-counter supplements. Their key role is to fight free radicals that cause cellular damage. Free radicals, which are normally found in the body and are the result of environmental toxins like air pollution, play an important role in the aging process. Antioxidants also help keep the skin healthy. Therefore, top anti-aging supplements have strong antioxidant qualities.
Resveratrol is a natural substance found in the skin of red grapes, some berries and an herb native to Japan called knotweed. Resveratrol is a strong antioxidant that protects the DNA of cells and fights against free radicals. As a result, resveratrol has been found to be beneficial in clinical research studies for a variety of age-related conditions such as heart diseases, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, skin conditions, Alzheimer’s disease and breast and prostate cancers, according to Drugs.com. Resveratrol purportedly slows down the aging process of cells and increases human longevity.
Green tea, scientifically known as Camelia sinesis, is an herb native to India and China. The key active ingredients in green tea are polyphenols. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, polyphenols from green tea have strong antioxidant properties because they can neutralize and even prevent damages that already occurred in the cells from free radicals. Scientific studies found positive results of using green tea for several forms of cancer, heart diseases and diabetes, notes UMMC.
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, occurs naturally in the body, in mitochondria, the part of the cell responsible for producing energy for the body. Coenzyme Q10 is also a powerful antioxidant, and positive results have been found when using this supplement for heart conditions, diabetes and breast cancer, notes UMMC. Coenzyme Q10 has antioxidant, energizing effects as well as anti-aging action, according to a study published in the September 2009 issue of “Biofactors.” The anti-aging quality was evaluated in this study on the skin and facial wrinkles. The authors found that CoQ10 speeds up the production of collagen and protects the skin cells from dying prematurely.
Consult a qualified professional specialized in anti-aging medicine to find out which supplement or supplements may help you look younger and prevent chronic illnesses. Keep in mind that natural supplements do not replace and should not be used to replace conventional drugs.
- Univeristy of Maryland Medical Center: Coenzyme Q10
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Green Tea
- Drugs.com: Resveratrol
- “ Collegium Antropologicum”; Modern Approach to Topical Treatment of Aging Skin; N. Puizina-Ivic, et al.; September 2010
- "Biofactors"; Coenzyme Q10 Protects Against Oxidative Stress-induced Cell Death and Enhances the Synthesis of Basement Membrane Components in Dermal and Epidermal Cells; K. Muta-Takada, et al.; September 2009