Every day, your body produces substances called free radicals. This occurs during normal metabolic processes as well as during exposure to chemicals in our environment. These free radicals cause chemical chain reactions (oxidation reactions) in the tissues which lead to cell damage. Antioxidants are molecules that work to stop these chain reactions and help minimize the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.1 Antioxidants may help to keep us healthy and reduce the risk of health problems.
Plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts are considered to be good dietary sources of antioxidants. If you are looking to increase your antioxidant intake, fruits with the highest antioxidant concentrations include cranberries, blueberries and blackberries. Among the vegetables, choose beans, artichokes and potatoes and walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts among the nuts.
It’s not a topic that men generally want to talk about, especially with their partners, but a lack of libido is a common occurrence that can affect men at any age. In fact, it’s estimated that one in five men will experience a diminished sex drive at some stage in their life.1 A lowered libido can be caused by a medical condition or a side effect of certain medicines, which will need to be addressed by a GP, but for some men, it can be helped with simple lifestyle changes, and herbal or nutritional support.
To help revive your libido:
Exercise – Regular exercise can increase energy levels, reduce stress and boost circulation which can all impact on a man’s libido. Keep in mind that too much exercise can have the reverse effect.
Include stress‐management techniques – Researchers have found that stress hormones can lower sexual desire and response,2 so it’s important to incorporate stress‐management and relaxation techniques into your routine. Along with exercise, consider yoga, m...
If you have weak, breakage‐prone nails, brittle hair, dry or lackluster skin, it could mean that you are not getting the right amounts of nutrients that your body needs to build or repair these tissues. Increasing your nutrient intake through specialized supplements may help to maintain and restore their health and strength:
Biotin – Biotin is classified as a B vitamin and is necessary for normal growth and body function. Biotin supplementation helps to strengthen soft brittle nails and reduce their breaking and splitting. Biotin deficiency has also been linked to hair loss.1
Collagen – Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and it makes up a large part of our skin, hair and nails. Supplemental collagen appears to help the body’s own production process improve, as well as to increase skin elasticity and moisture, which declines during the aging process
Amino acids – One of the main structural components of hair, skin and nails is a specialised protein kn...
It’s thought that around half of the physical decline associated with ageing may be due to a lack of physical activity. Without regular exercise, people over the age of 50 years can experience a range of health problems including reduced muscle mass and strength, joint flexibility and mobility plus increased blood pressure, body fat and risk of mood disorders.
Visible signs of ageing are the things you see in the mirror; fine lines or loose sagging skin. Collagen production starts to decline and your existing collagen levels start to breakdown as you age. Collagen is important for reducing fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, firming and toning skin, and strengthening connective tissue in hair, nails, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone.
Your key to ageing well – top 5 anti-ageing nutrients
While ageing is inevitable, it’s not all doom and gloom. Looking after yourself with a healthy diet and lifestyle will automatically put you in a good position to age well. Our top 5 anti-age...