Why should you take supplements?

Supplements are a hot topic in the health and wellness world, and for very good reasons.

They provide a variety of benefits, from helping to fill nutrient gaps in your diet to supporting specific health goals. In an ideal world, you would be sleeping enough, staying hydrated, and eating everything you need for optimal health.

But in this fast-paced society we live in today, things might not go according to plan. This is when supplements come in handy.

  • Dietary needs change with ageing. As you age:
  1. Your body loses its ability to ideally break down and absorb nutrients.
  2. You lose appetite and changes in taste and smell, all of which can lead to more limited food choices and lower intake of healthy foods.
  3. Your oral health declines, and a reduced ability to swallow can affect food choice and intake.

Nutrient requirements (particularly as a function of body mass) actually increase. By taking a daily dose of supplements, you’ll ensure that your cells get the essential nutrients required for proper growth as well as antioxidants that may reduce inflammation in tissues associated with ageing-related diseases like arthritis or heart disease. 

  • Longevity supplements complete dietary supplements.

Longevity supplements are different from common dietary supplements. They contain a variety of substances that scientists have identified as having potential to slow certain ageing processes and even prevent age-related diseases.

Whilst some may argue that a healthy diet and lifestyle are enough to promote healthy ageing, the truth is that longevity supplements can provide additional benefits that you may not find in your diet alone. In fact, government recommendations are often much lower than what scientific research suggests.

Targeted supplementation is like preventive medicine– enhancing human functionality, performance, rejuvenation, and maintenance.

A longevity supplement is usually made up of a combination of natural substances such as antioxidants, flavonoids, or molecules that are endogenous to the human body (i.e. your cells can produce them!). Extensively researched substances are chosen that have been proven to have anti-ageing benefits and promote longevity. 

Why longevity supplements?

  • Bioactive ingredients can be obtained that can’t be found in food alone.
  • Age-related declines in body substances can be specifically targeted.
  • Natural age-related decline in nutrient absorption can be compensated for.

Biohackers and longevity scientists are currently buzzing about the age-related decline of two crucial endogenous molecules – coenzyme NAD+ and antioxidant CoQ10.

Your body’s natural concentrations of NAD+ and CoQ10 begin depleting due to ageing, fatigue, strenuous exercise, smoking, illness, and some medications.

How NAD+ and CoQ10 decrease naturally with age

To get the recommended 100 mg of CoQ10 per day, you would have to eat around 3.5 kg of beef, 120 cans of sardines or 60 avocados a day. Not so fun…

Or to get 100 mg of Resveratrol, yet another powerful antioxidant boosting NAD+ by increasing the activity of a key NAD+ synthesising enzyme – you need to consume around 8-9 L of red wine daily. And again, not a smart way to obtain the required dosage.

Thanks to scientific innovations like the Avea Bundle, you can restore your levels of CoQ10 and NAD+ levels through supplementation. The Avea Bundle consists of the NMN and the Booster – working in synergy to target diverse mechanisms of ageing at the cellular level, ideally increasing NAD+ levels, and reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in your body.

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Your lifestyle matters

Pregnancy, no sunscreen or excessive sun exposure, smoking, stress, and alcohol consumption can all increase the need for supplements as they all accelerate ageing. Numerous surveys document that supplements users are significantly more likely than nonusers to have somewhat better dietary patterns, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid tobacco products. Besides, did you know that stress can actually decrease your digestive strength? Supplementation can be the push you’ve been waiting for – for a healthier you.

To promote overall health and well-being.

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Longevity supplements contain ingredients that can help to improve brain function, cardiovascular health, boost energy levels, and support the immune system. They are also known to promote bone density, as well as skin hydration and elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This can lead to a better quality of life and even reverse your biological age.

Environmental factors such as nutrient depletion in the soil

In many parts of the world, soils lack essential nutrients due to modern farming practices. Mineral absorption occurs best in fertile soils. Without this, a plant cannot produce essential vitamins, meaning, you might not be getting as much nutrients as you thought you were. Quality over quantity!

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Food processing, artificial flavours, colours, or preservatives affect nutritional value

Whilst many increase food quality by preserving it for longer, most added substances are toxic and drastically reduce nutritional value of the food itself. As a rule of thumb, always try to avoid processed foods. They tend to be low in important nutrients like vitamins and minerals, and have an increased risk of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

The export process and the time it takes before you get the food matter.

As soon as food is harvested, nutrient levels begin to diminish. But it takes weeks or even months before the food is finally eaten. (Think of harvesting, transportation, packing, storage, and delivery).

Conclusion

A lack of essential nutrients in food can cause malnutrition – as in vitamin and mineral deficiencies which can eventually lead to specific health problems like anaemia, osteoporosis or scurvy. 

But it’s even more serious when it goes unnoticed. When our food intake does not bring in all the essential nutrients needed for optimal mitochondrial functioning, weakness and fatigue may prevail. Besides, there’s an even higher risk of infections as you end up with a weak immune system.

Protect your body from the inside out and maximise your health with the right supplements!

Taking supplements can help fill nutrient gaps, boost immunity, improve energy levels, and support overall well-being. Take control of your health today, invest in yourself and your future.

By Aishani Rajarai

Aishani Rajarai is a scientific writer and neuroscience enthusiast. She holds a BSc in biochemistry and cell biology, and a minor in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Her mission at Avea is to bring the science of longevity through blog posts, newsletters, podcasts, and social media content to the public, so people can live a healthier, longer, and happier life.

Aishani Rajarai is a scientific writer and neuroscience enthusiast. She holds a BSc in biochemistry and cell biology, and a minor in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Her mission at Avea is to bring the science of longevity through blog posts, newsletters, podcasts, and social media content to the public, so people can live a healthier, longer, and happier life.