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Science-Backed Supplements for Longevity

by Farhin Rahman, ND, MSc

In the pursuit of extending lifespan and promoting overall health, science has identified several supplements that show promise in supporting longevity. They have been extensively studied and shown to exert positive effects on various biological processes associated with aging. Here are descriptions of some of them that may help increase lifespan:

1 Resveratrol: Found in red wine, grapes, and certain berries, resveratrol is a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Studies suggest that resveratrol may mimic the effects of calorie restriction, a dietary intervention known to extend lifespan. Additionally, resveratrol has been shown to activate sirtuins, a family of proteins linked to longevity and cellular health.

2 Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Primarily found in fatty fish like salmon, as well as in flaxseeds and walnuts, they have been associated with numerous health benefits, including cardiovascular health, cognitive function and inflammation reduction. Research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids may help promote healthy aging and extend lifespan by reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cognitive decline.

3 Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): This is a compound that plays a crucial role in energy production within the mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells. As we age, CoQ10 levels naturally decline, which may contribute to decreased cellular energy production and increased oxidative stress. Supplementing with CoQ10 has been shown to support mitochondrial function, enhance antioxidant defenses, and improve overall energy metabolism, potentially promoting longevity.

4 Nicotinamide Riboside (NR): NR is a precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a coenzyme involved in various cellular processes, including energy metabolism and DNA repair. Declining NAD+ levels have been implicated in the aging process, and supplementation with NR has been shown to boost NAD+ levels in preclinical studies. By enhancing cellular resilience and promoting mitochondrial health, NR supplementation may help support healthy aging and extend lifespan.

5 Vitamin D: Often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D plays a crucial role in bone health, immune function and inflammation regulation. Emerging research suggests that adequate levels may also be associated with longevity. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases and mortality, while vitamin D supplementation has been shown to improve overall health outcomes and extend lifespan.

While these supplements show promise in promoting longevity, it’s important to remember that they are not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. A nutritionally dense diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep and stress management remain foundational pillars of longevity. Additionally, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before initiating any supplement regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications. With careful consideration and informed choices, we can leverage the potential benefits of these science-backed supplements to support healthy aging and enhance lifespan.

Dr. Farhin Rahman is a Naturopathic Doctor, Clinical Nutritionist and owner of Far Natural Health and SANO Integrative Wellness, at 116 N. Haddon Ave., Ste. 201, in Haddonfield, NJ. She currently specializes in personalized nutrition, integrative cancer care, metabolic health and chronic illness. She uses functional lab testing, herbal medicine and other natural therapies to help her patients achieve the best quality of life. For more information or to make an appointment, call 856-484-5546, email [email protected], visit www.SANOWellnessnj.com or follow on Instagram.



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