Feeling young, looking young, the prolonging of youth – if that has not yet crossed a person’s mind; it will do at some point! Such the importance has produced a huge amount of willingness to invest in research and products that will help maintain one’s youthfulness. Sadly age will all catch up with us one day, but what we eat, what we do, and what we consume both with food and skincare products all help in delaying the aging process.
I was scrolling through my TV box one night, and found a guy talking on stage to a number of people in attendance. I decided to watch a few minutes, and ended up watching the remainder of the show. The guy clearly seemed to know his stuff with nutrition, and the way in which he was selling and portraying this information was certainly convincing, and really useful in understanding some critical areas of nutrition for healthy living and weight loss and management – Mr Patrick Holford!
Never heard of the guy until then and yes I have chosen to invest in a couple of his key supplements where I instantly felt a difference and the benefits associated with them.
Although this article isn’t to promote his products! This actually is to discuss a little something more technical which he brought up in his presentation, along with other useful things I have bumped into myself in my time of research and testing which are of anti-aging benefit, and also general promotion of health and longevity.
I won’t attempt to be technical in my explanation, as I’m no expert on this side of the scale. But to keep things simplified, the natural aging process occurs where chromosome cells will deteriorate over time, with the process fastened by poor lifestyle choices promoting the increased rate of cell damage and degradation.
At the end of the chromosome cells, lay something called telomeres which are present at the end of each of these cells. They are designed to protect cells from being damaged. Telomeres overtime will therefore shorten due to their function, and so greater damage and loss of the cell will occur.
Can these protective telomere barriers be lengthened? The increase of HGH levels in the body will not only slow down the rate at which telomeres shorten, but also promote their growth!
In addition to increasing HGH secretion, by consuming a good diet containing fish oils, a wide spectrum of vitamins, and living a healthy lifestyle in as little a toxic environment as possible, will help protect the telomeres from shortening by slowing down this rate significantly.
So a good diet and the right type of exercise can work wonders with delaying and reversing the aging process.
HGH stands for “Human Growth Hormone”. This is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain, but over time our bodies produce lower levels. The typical usage of manufactured HGH is to administer synthesized amounts to children who have suffered from stunted growth.
Further studies undertaken on this hormone have linked consumption of this to providing a wide number of benefits, such as greater energy, muscle building, and better functioning immune system, all this in addition to claims made of its anti-aging benefits, promoted as the fountain of youth.
Since these claims, huge investments by actors within the film industry have utilised this synthesized form of the hormone to reap these benefits, in the aim of prolonging their careers. It’s hugely expensive, but this is not an issue for those earning such huge salaries.
There also does not seem to be any major adverse effects by consuming HGH in this form, although reports do indicate those who do inject themselves with HGH will lead to their own body being less efficient in producing HGH in the pituitary gland. Joint aches and pains also appear to be heightened with its consumption.
Rather than me promote the injection of HGH, what I will do instead is highlight the more natural alternatives in increasing the secretion levels of this hormone by natural means.
By undertaking HIIT (high intensity interval training) forms of exercise, the body produces and secretes more of this hormone around the body. So for example, rather than pedalling on a bike at a slow / medium pace for 30-40 minutes, a 10-15 minute session of slow and sprint paced pedalling in 20 second intervals will be much more beneficial. You’ll also burn more calories, working both the carbohydrate and fat stores.
It’s a must that to optimise the time you spend in a gym, what you consume is critical in the amount of benefit you and your body will receive. Whey protein optimises muscle recovery, and there are a few herbs that notably help with an individual’s ability to exercise, recover, and promote further HGH secretion.
Antioxidants are very important to eliminate the increased level of toxins floating in your body after placing your body under intense exercise. Two very potent forms of anti-oxidants that have great OPC properties associated with them are the herbs resveratrol, and pycnogenol.
Resveratrol: Resveratrol is a compound that reportedly has a huge number of benefits, especially for more severe health cases. It’s also been proven to enhance performance in strength and endurance, and so supplementing on it will help you push yourself to the limit during your workouts, maximising those levels of HGH being secreted.
I have learnt to appreciate how important the maintenance of one’s immune system is, especially when you are looking to train with a great deal of regularity. One really interesting fact I stumbled into, was a study on bird flu.
This compound, when administered, ceased the infected cells from spreading their germs to other cells. By being able to effectively contain these cells spreading their infection, the condition did not ever get reach a severe status.
So what if you have the flu? I’ve previously mentioned black elderberry as the well renowned antiviral that fights the infected cells. Stack black elderberry with resveratrol, and not only will you minimise the severity your flu condition gets, you’ll be also attacking those infected cells instantly. The result being a swift clearance of any signs and symptoms of flu developing to a more severe stage.
Pycnogenol: This is obtained from pine bark trees that hover in the Southern part of France. Pycnogenol is in fact the medical name given as its use as a drug. It is often prescribed to those who suffer from asthma, as it helps their ability to breathe normally and reduce the likelihood of suffering an attack. Pine bark extract is also available for purchase, but does not have the status of being a medicinal drug, and will be cheaper.
However, given how this herb is extracted, the asthma benefits do not seem as prominent in the extract form. But instead, the percentage of OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) is greater.
Studies have suggested that this herbal medicine promotes the greatest natural release levels of HGH when consumed. So rather than injecting a synthesised form, this effectively could be considered as promoting the body to naturally increase these levels. No need for injecting, and no cases of heightened joint pains – this herb will actually help with joint and ache discomfort.
Given the huge health benefits and effectiveness of both these herbs, neither comes cheap. For those looking to invest in resveratrol, I will highlight a distinct difference in products available. One is marketed as “resveratrol”, the substance that naturally is present in grapes.
However, it’s” trans-resveratrol” that contains the active components that provide the human body with its associated benefits. So look to purchase trans-resveratrol rather than the resveratrol form. The trans-resveratrol content will be concentrated here, with a much smaller level present in the pure resveratrol form.
Why not get the simple form from a good diet? Grapes contain resveratrol, red wine, and peanut butter are all sources.
Hyaluronic Acid – As one of my further recommendations, this makes the list for two reasons. With my back and joint problems, I read on a forum where one person found this to provide greater benefit than the more known MSM in alleviating joint and back pains.
Further looking into this, it is also produced within the human body and just like HGH, it declines with age, with a significant loss occurring around the age of 30. And intense exercise doesn’t appear to improve the levels.
So supplementing on hyaluronic acid will help provide adequate amounts of this acid circulating around the joints, helping its function and lubrication along with the promotion of collagen renewal by protecting the health of our skin.
So if we can’t do anything to promote increased levels of this acid in our bodies ourselves, it could well be worth investing for regular supplementation, especially those looking to further look after their joint health.
Agnus Castus – my little surprising brief mention here. Known for being taken when a female is on her menopause for the purpose of restoring the imbalance that occurs within the hormonal system, this herb actually like pycnogenol, promotes HGH secretion.
Carotenoids – Naturally occurring from plant sources and known for promoting eye health, along with their anti-oxidant properties more specific for slowing down the aging process. By eating a highly nutritious diet with vegetables and fruits that contain carotenoids, you’ll naturally protect your skin and heighten its natural beauty. It’s also been suggested that it’s the carotenoids in foods that promote that tan looking appearance that so many of us appear to be jealous of!
Superfoods such as Lucuma and Passionfruit are great sources of these organic pigments – and if you simply want a tasty morning smoothie, it is certainly worth investing in either one of these for their anti-aging benefits.
So wanting to avoid wrinkled skin and grey hairs? Tried everything? Well give this regime a try….and no, skipping the exercise part is forbidden!
Published: February 3, 2014