The Vitamins and Minerals that help make Make Life After 50 a better place to be...
Please note: this article does not replace professional medical advice. If you have concerns about your health or are feeling unwell please see your doctor.
Can we really hold back the hands of time??
OK, we can’t stop them entirely… but I’m all in favour of tying those hands behind its back for as long as possible.
In recent years I’ve started taking a few high-quality supplements to support and assist my body as I head towards the glory years.
We’re not simply talking fighting the odd wrinkle or two here; the minerals listed below could help you feel and live better during midlife.
And I’m not going to lie. I find it super-difficult to get all the vitamins and minerals I need through diet alone so you may want to source a good quality brand yourself to bolster your daily nutrient needs.
Let's Learn More About how to fight aging with these super-duper minerals and vitamins:
It’s widely-known that calcium is good for building strong bones and for healthy teeth. But it’s is also a good way to keep your body feeling and looking young.
If your body doesn’t get enough calcium in one area, it will take it from other areas of the body – and one of those areas is the bone structure.
One of the biggest benefits to having a healthy calcium intake is that it protects your bones against the development of osteoporosis. While that’s a good enough reason to make sure you get plenty in your diet, it also has other anti aging benefits that you need.
Here are a few more reasons to pay attentions to your calcium intake:
- Heart Health – Not only does it help keep your body safe against fractures that occur more easily as you age, but it can also prevent certain types of heart problems that are also linked with aging. Calcium is needed for strong muscles – and since the heart muscle is needed to properly constrict the heart to pump blood, this mineral keeps that muscle in shape.
- Brain Function – Calcium is also necessary for healthy brain function. It works to keep your cells, including your brain cells, active. That’s not all that calcium can do for you in the battle against aging. In order for the nerves to work the way they should, you have to have an adequate calcium intake.
- Nerve Health – The signals in the nerves and in the brain can deteriorate as you age and calcium can help to maintain nerve health. Every muscle in your body has to have calcium for proper contraction and is essential in order to protect against cardiovascular events.
- Metabolism – Calcium also has many metabolic benefits – including keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at good levels. Not only does calcium protect your heart, your brain (especially from neurological age related issues) and your bones from breaking easily as you age, but it also helps regulate the cells – which in turn promotes healthy looking skin.
- Skin – Without enough of this vital mineral in your body, your skin will take on the appearance of paper thinness and will look dry. You may notice the skin start to sag and wrinkle more easily.
- Possible Cancer Prevention – As you age, you become more at risk for certain types of cancer. Calcium also may help to protect the body against developing cancers, such as colon cancer.
When your body is healthy on the inside that health will shine through on the outside. While it’s no fountain of youth, calcium does a good job protecting your body with a valuable anti-aging boost.
There really isn’t a trick to living longer and looking good while you age. It’s actually pretty simple. You should aim to have a balanced level of all of the minerals your body needs if you want to have a long and healthy life.
It’s imperative that you have the right minerals in order to benefit from their anti-aging abilities. Some minerals are considered ‘trace’ minerals because all you need is a trace amount to get the benefits.
But that trace amount can make a huge difference in how you look and feel. Chromium is one of those trace minerals that you have to have. It’s needed by the body to work with insulin production.
It’s all about your Glucose…
- The mineral helps glucose get into the cells where they belong. Without enough of this mineral, your insulin production can go skew whiff – and it ends up causing too much glucose to remain in your bloodstream.
- As you grow older, you can begin to develop glucose intolerance. Chromium works to make sure that your glucose levels remain healthy. When chromium levels are not at a normal range, your glucose levels will then begin to lean into a range that isn’t safe.
- Long term deficiency can lead to diabetes, weight gain and other health problems – such as high blood pressure and rising LDL cholesterol levels. Having the right amount of chromium in your body is necessary for you to have a proper metabolising function.
- As you age, you become more at risk of developing a chromium deficiency. This deficiency has been linked to some cardiovascular diseases among the elderly.
What happens when you don’t have enough Chromium?
When your body is deficient in chromium, your metabolic panels (i.e. the measurements of different chemicals in the blood) will resemble that of a much older person. Plus, not enough of this mineral will also make you look older- definitely not what the doctor ordered!
We need chromium for healthy muscle tone and proper metabolising.
There’s good reason why Chromium is widely-touted as the anti-aging mineral. It’s because it raises your dehydroepiandrosterone – or DHEA for short. DHEA is necessary for our cognitive function, for the immune system to be able to properly fight infections, and for our bones to stay strong and healthy.
One important fact to note about this mineral is that no matter what kind of healthy eating plan you follow, it probably doesn’t contain enough of the level of chromium that you need. It’s a good idea to get to your optimal level with a supplement.
the B Vitamins
The B vitamins play an important role in good health. They’re needed in order to keep your muscles in tip-top shape and to keep the immune system working as it should.
Some of the B vitamins become more well known than others in the same class. You might know that the vitamin B2 is the riboflavin vitamin. But the reason this vitamin is so important is because of the surprising anti-aging properties it contains.
This vitamin helps your body produce antibodies, helps fight certain cancers and it’s needed for red blood cell production. That’s not all this helpful ally can do in the fight against aging.
It helps give skin a healthier appearance – along with keeping hair looking younger as well. The B family of vitamins work hard as protectors – and one of the important organs it protects is your eyes.
This vitamin works in the fight against many age-related eye problems, such as the development of cataracts. Vitamin B2 also works to keep your brain sharp and is instrumental in defence against Alzheimer’s.
When it comes to the B vitamins, you have your main vitamins such as B1 (thiamine), the B2 mentioned previously, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. These are some of the most often utilised.
- Vitamin B1 has anti aging properties because it helps keep your heart and nervous system healthy. It also slows aging and helps with cognitive function.
- Vitamin B3 is considered to be the gastrointestinal vitamin. Not only does it help keep your intestines in good working order, but it fights to keep the bad cholesterol (LDL) levels down, which is beneficial to your heart. You’ll find that many of these B vitamins have multiple benefits to your body.
- Vitamin B5 helps your blood pressure stay at normal levels. But this vitamin also fights back against aging by keeping your skin looking younger and healthier.
- B6 is good for heart health and works to prevent arthritis from developing so that your joints will stay mobile. It is also crucial to help stabilise your mood.
- For cell growth and to maintain healthy hair and strong nails, Vitamin B7 (biotin) is necessary. This vitamin also has crucial metabolic purposes – such as keeping glucose levels in check.
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid) actually helps slow the aging process. And it helps fight against age related hearing problems.
- In order for healthy cell production, you must have the correct levels of Vitamin B12. This vitamin is needed to prevent osteoporosis.
The whole suite of B vitamins is necessary to your body’s anti aging arsenal, but each one has its individual perks.
As children, we couldn’t wait to look older. I fondly remember clopping about in my mum’s kitten heels and pleading with her to paint my nails. But for many of us, now that those halcyon days are here, we want to slow or even turn back the clock on how we look and feel.
Whilst we can’t do anything about the annual birthdays that arrive without fail, we can slow down the onset of looking and feeling older. The fight begins by making sure that your body has enough of the proper minerals – such as vitamin C.
This is a vitamin with a lot of power behind it that can help greatly in remaining healthy and looking more youthful.
- Vitamin C works hand in hand with iron. You have to get enough vitamin C in order for your body to be able to metabolise the iron it needs.
- If you happen to be a smoker, you should know that smoking massively depletes your body’s vitamin C, so you’ll need to pay attention to that and make sure you take supplements.
- When you’re getting enough vitamin C, it shows up when you look in the mirror. You’ll notice immediate results when you up your intake because vitamin C goes to work fast by keeping your skin looking younger by stopping wrinkles and lines forming on the skin.
- You’ll notice that your face looks smoother and younger. It can also reverse and protect your skin from becoming dry as you age.
- Vitamin C is a valuable skin toner as well as a barrier against the effect of time on collagen, because it boosts your collagen levels and rejuvenates your skin. Collagen is a connective tissue, so when it starts to break down, you get saggy, wrinkled skin. But collagen isn’t just important to your outer skin – it’s also necessary for strong teeth, for tendons and ligaments in your body and much more.
- You also need vitamin C for healthy white blood cells and for strong blood vessels.
- Because vitamin C is an antioxidant, it has a lot of preventative properties. It helps protect you from free radicals that can turn into certain cancers.
- Besides protection against cancer, vitamin C also offers protection against certain cardiovascular diseases.
- By taking vitamin C supplements, you can actually lower your risk of heart related problems that are linked with aging. Vitamin C works for your heart by not allowing the build up of plaque within your arteries.
We’ve outlined here just a few of the many reasons that it’s important to get enough vitamin C. Not only should you make sure that your daily diet is C-rich, but you’ll also want to use skin products that contain this valuable vitamin as well.
Inside and out, vitamin C is the perfect anti aging tool. You can’t stop growing older, but you can stop wearing the fact on your face and body!
Zinc has a lot of power to keep you healthy inside and out – from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
You need it for good eyesight, good muscle contraction and nice looking hair. Not only does it help keep your hair looking thick and luxurious, but it also boosts the cells that fight infections in your body.
It will help protect your body against respiratory illnesses – such as the flu and pneumonia. It does this by strengthening your immune system.
Zinc is a firm favourite of mine; I take a daily dose and I guarantee you I have not caught a cold since I started doing so. This all came off the back of me having about three colds in as many months not long after we moved house last time.
But now I am sniffle-free. Staying healthy is critical now I’m over 50; colds and flu bugs can really take it out of me.
Zinc also works hand in hand to aid the production of insulin, which is imperative in the fight against developing diabetes as you grow older.
Zinc is instrumental in protecting your body against developing some eye diseases, like macular degeneration – which often occurs with aging. This mineral can also help battle hair loss that’s caused by aging.
It has healing properties against rheumatoid arthritis and in men, zinc can raise low testosterone levels. It’s also necessary for prostate health. Zinc is needed to help keep the digestive tract working right – and it’s also needed for metabolic purposes.
For bone health, zinc helps prevent the bone loss that happens with the development of osteoporosis.
And there’s even more good news about zinc: it’s also a much-needed mineral that works to keep your skin looking young.
Even if your skin has already been damaged due to environmental causes such as sun damage or the aging process, zinc can work to repair that damage.
Zinc doesn’t just help keep your skin looking firmer and younger – it’s also a vital mineral needed in the fight against skin wounds. Because of its regeneration ability, zinc even helps you battle acne. But it’s also effective against other problems that plague the skin – such as eczema.
While you can get some zinc through your daily food intake, you don’t often get the amount you need for healthy aging. So another way that you can ensure that you get the proper amount of zinc is through supplements.
You can also give your skin an extra zinc boost by using anti-aging skin creams that have zinc in the ingredients.
When it comes to how to fight aging with supplements, these are our Favourite 5!
Do you have others that you’d like to share? Please comment below; I’d love to hear about what’s working for you!