The Anti-Aging Benefits of Multivitamins

Feeling youthful is a mindset, regardless of your biological age.

The anti-aging benefits of multivitaminsAs long as medical conditions are not an issue, you can set yourself the realistic goal of aging gracefully.

It all starts with a sound exercise and nutritional program. It is important that your diet contains the full spectrum of vital vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. Exercise and diet help protect against age-related diseases and will increase longevity.

What Science Says

A recent study published in the FASEB Journal looked at the effects of vitamin K and selenium deficiencies (both of which carry significant antioxidant enzymes) and found that that people who had lower than desirable levels of vitamin K and selenium showed some very damaging effects at the cellular level. This included damage to proteins responsible for the evolution of aging.

“Understanding how best to define and measure optimum nutrition will make the application of new technologies to allow each person to optimize their own nutrition a much more realistic possibility than it is today.” said Joyce C. McCann, Ph.D., a co-author of the study from the Nutrition and Metabolism Center at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in Oakland, California. “If the principles of the theory, as demonstrated for vitamin K and selenium, can be generalized to other vitamins and minerals, this may provide the foundation needed.”

Those who were especially low in selenium seemed to have more damage and less ability to repair those proteins that contribute to our overall health as we age. The findings also showed that age-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, immune system diseases and overall healthy brain function may be a direct result of selenium deficiency.

“This paper should settle any debate about the importance of taking a good, complete, multivitamin every day,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal. “As this report shows, taking a multivitamin that contains selenium is a good way to prevent deficiencies that, over time, can cause harm in ways that we are just beginning to understand.”

What Foods Should I Eat?

A modest deficiency in many of the vitamins and minerals is very common in many parts of the world; however, in the western world where we have food options everywhere we go, if you are truly worried about how you are going to age, getting the right foods to help with the aging process shouldn’t be a problem at all. Next time you hit the grocery store look at filling up your cart with:

  • Lean meats and fish
  • Healthy nuts
  • Eggs
  • Whole grain pastas
  • Dairy products
  • Whole grain breads
  • Brown rice

These staple items contain significant levels of selenium and have little to no processing.

If you are looking to fill up on foods that have high levels of vitamin K, look no further than the produce section at the grocery store and load up with all your favourite vegetables like:

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Broccoli

Supplements

Multi-vitamins are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals that help you meet your daily nutritional needs. ALLMAX VITAFEMME Complete Multi-Vitamin is the only complete multi-vitamin pack designed for women that contains probiotics, prebiotics and a full spectrum of enzymes that will help your immune system in three different ways. With its Omega 3, 6 and 9, and anti-aging antioxidant blend, it makes for the perfect addition to any woman’s anti aging regime. Vitafemme is also available in a 2-day format.

With the right exercise and diet program in place, living a high quality of life is achievable. Follow a healthy balanced lifestyle, train on a regular basis, fill your diet with foods high in selenium and vitamin K along with all the other essentials, and grab your VITAFEMME Multi-vitamin pack. Kick back and enjoy the ride!

 

Sources:

  • http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/foas-csd053111.php
  • http://www.worldhealth.net/news/vitamins-minerals-may-prevent-age-related-diseases
Dana Bushell

As a former provincial level bodybuilding competitor, and as a strength and conditioning coach, Dana has the advantage of being up to date with the current training and dieting practices used by the industry’s athletes. Along with being an Associate Professor of Communications, Dana is also a certified fitness consultant and a regular columnist for Muscle Insider.

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