Experts say the aging process isn't set in stone; it's the slow weakening of your body's building blocks, as well as the gradual decline of your natural repair processes. The good news is that this deterioration can be slowed by smart choices, such as eating healthy food and buffering your immune system.
ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID (ALA) is an antioxidant that helps the body eliminate metals such as mercury. At high doses it may help reverse diabetic damage associated with aging.
Dose» 300-500 mg once a day; up to twice daily for diabetics
COENZYME Q10 Necessary for energy production, this antioxidant helps fight heart failure, lower blood pressure, and protect against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Dose» 100-300 mg once a day
Omega-3 fatty acids: These fats, found in walnuts, flaxseeds, and some fish, help prevent against age-related heart attacks, stroke, and some autoimmune diseases.
Dose» 1,000 mg once a day
Quercetin: By preventing the release of histamines, this flavonoid helps manage allergy symptoms and inflammation — precursors to many age-related complaints. May also lower risk of cataracts.
Dose» 400-600 mg twice a day
Vitamin E: Elderly people with higher vitamin E levels are less likely to show signs of vascular aging.
Dose» 400-800 IU once a day
Sources: Michael Janson, MD; Mark Liponis, MD.