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-ageing nutrients to consider include:
Resveratrol: the fountain of youth
Resveratrol is well known for its effect on healthy ageing. Resveratrol, as a powerful antioxidant, helps to protect your body from free radicals and boosts collagen production to support firm skin and healthy connective tissues including joints, ligaments and tendons. Resveratrol mimics calorie restriction in your body, helping to improve blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, decrease body weight, reduce fat mass and delay the onset of many chronic age-related diseases.
Silica: your beauty mineral
Silica is essential for the production and maintenance of healthy collagen levels. Silica levels decline as you age, putting you at greater risk of a deficiency and premature skin ageing. Silica is an important trace mineral essential for elastin and keratin production, and helps to cross-link collagen fibres for strong, supple skin, strong hair, nails and other connective tissues.
Collagen: strength & firmness
Collagen represents around 30% of your total body protein and is a major structural component of connective tissue, providing tensile strength and firmness. Collagen attracts and binds water so helps keep your skin well hydrated and ‘plumped-up’ for firmer, younger looking skin and strong connective tissues.
Vitamin C: antioxidant & collagen builder
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that prevents free radical damage within your body. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen and elastin, helping to maintain strong, healthy connective tissue. Insufficient vitamin C compromises collagen production and increases your risk of free radical damage.
Grapeseed: antioxidant & anti-inflammatory
Grapeseed is rich in proanthocyanidin antioxidants and provides anti-inflammatory activity. As an antioxidant, Grapeseed helps to regenerate vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant, while proanthocyanidins cross-link collagen fibres to strengthen connective tissues and prevent collagen breakdown. Importantly, proanthocyanidins inhibit UV-radiation induced damage so help reduce the effects of sun and weather damage.