Remember Better with Resveratrol

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Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound that is extracted from red grape skins. It is thought to help control glucose metabolism, cardiovascular health, and has some anti-aging benefits. A new study looked at its effects on memory. In this study, overweight, healthy adults (over age 50) took resveratrol supplements for 26 weeks and were compared to a group taking only placebos. It was found that the group taking the supplement experienced enhanced memory retention and increased functional connectivity of the hippocampus, as compared to the placebo group. The researchers are hopeful that resveratrol proves to be of benefit to the aging brain. Rather than reaching for the wine glass, try incorporating resveratrol into your supplement regimen.

The Journal of Neuroscience, 4 June 2014, 34(23): 7862-7870.

Anti-aging: Fitness Recommendations

By Laurel Sterling Prisco, MS, RD, CDN

Part 5 of 5

Aging gracefully…that is what we all would like, right? A healthy eating and exercise plan should be at our foundation for staving off the effects of the natural aging process. Exercise, working out, fitness, physical activity, or whatever you want to call it is crucial. We need to move our bodies regularly! Now I’m not just talking daily activities such as: up and down the stairs with laundry, gardening, or walking to your car. I am referring to a bit more intensive body movement. If you are limited in specific ways or have certain conditions, then be sure to consult with your practitioner first, who may recommend you to a physical therapist or exercise physiologist. Just do the best you can with what you’ve got. Also remember if you have not been working out in quite some time, start small and slowly build your way up.

Because we used to have to run and forage long distances to get our food, humans used to move a lot more in day-to-day living. Now, our food is just a pizza delivery away! We also have more sedentary jobs behind computer screens. In other words, we are nearly “forced” to get in some physical activity. Try these tips to make your journey towards more movement in your life an enjoyable one:

• Approach your regime realistically

• Find activities you would like to do and that will be easy for you to maintain

• Gradually increase the amount of time you are exercising

• Vary your intensity

• Focus on being consistent and regular to make it a lifelong habit

Exercise has numerous benefits to our body in addition to assisting in the anti-aging process. It is important to include in your regime some cardiovascular, strength training, and stretching. If you need some motivation, take a glimpse at all of the benefits you can reap from exercising!

• You can increase endurance, muscle tone, strength, and flexibility, resulting in fewer joint problems and a greater ability to build bones.

• You will bring blood, nutrients, and oxygen to every cell in the body, which means that:

1. Cellular wastes are moved for better elimination through kidneys, bowels, and skin, which will result in bowel regularity and increased disease resistance

2. There will be improvement in digestion, absorption, and metabolism of food, which can help to lower total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides (while increasing HDL), lower blood-sugar levels, and make insulin more effective for muscle and fat cells

3. The increased oxygen intake aids the brain and complexion, which can help:

a. Alleviate irritability, anxiety, and depression
b. Create a feeling of centeredness due to the release of natural mood elevators (endorphins)
c. Increase energy
d. Relieve tiredness
e. Enhance a more restful sleep

4. Arteries become more resilient and the lungs and heart become stronger, which can help to lower blood pressure

• You can lose weight not only due to burning calories, but also because exercise helps with appetite control.

Considering all of these reasons…let’s get movin’!!

Anti-aging: Nutrition Recommendations

By Laurel Sterling Prisco, MA, RD, CDN

Part 4 of 5

Aging is a natural process that we unfortunately cannot stop, but we can slow it down by selecting proper foods and living a healthier lifestyle. Without these as part of your foundation, no amount of quick-fixes will maintain your skin’s youthful appearance, overall health, or longevity. Physical (wrinkles, aches, pains, joint deterioration) and mental changes naturally occur with aging; however, with the support of these anti-aging foods we can work to keep these aging ailments at bay.

Add to your dietary regime:

– Nuts are a rich source οf unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They also can help control cholesterol levels. Almonds which are known as the “king” of nuts top the list for their vitamin E content, and walnuts are also a great choice due to their omega-3 essential fatty acids. Vitamin E fights skin-aging free radicals, and also helps your skin hold in moisture. Have a small handful of nuts or some nut butters with an apple. This is a great mid-day snack.

– Avocados are a great source οf healthy monounsaturated fàts thàt help reduce thå level οf LDL (bàd) cholesterol ³n thå body, and they are a gοοd source οf vitamin E also.

– Raw, virgin coconut oil is important for healthy skin. It also has high amounts of MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). Because MCTs are used as fuel, the oil has less opportunity to be deposited as fat. Try adding coconut oil as a replacement for other oils when cooking. I use it when I cook up my organic eggs.

– Orange, Red, and Green Vegetables contain beta-carotene which helps prevent cell damage and premature aging. Green leafy vegetables àrå sources οf lutein ànd zeaxanthin thàt protect thå eyes frοm thå harmful effects οf ultraviolet light. Be sure to focus on deeply-colored fruits and vegetables for the highest vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant content. Juicing is also very beneficial.

– Berries contain vitamin C ànd powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against dàmàgå caused bó free radicals ànd aging. Blueberries àrå àl¾ο known tο hàνå memory-boosting potential. Bilberries are known to aid in night vision. Top your Greek yogurt with some yummy berries for a great snack!

– Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, ànd Brussels sprouts) ྾³¾t thå liver in detoxifying free radicals. It ³¾ best tο eat thåm raw οr very lightly cooked to keep important enzymes they posess intact.

– Beans are a great source of protein and antioxidants. Some researchers believe that animal protein may cause many of the illnesses we face as we age. If you want to decrease you animal protein intake, start by substituting a few meals a week with bean-based entrees.

– Seasonings like ginger, turmeric, oregano, garlic, onion, and cinnamon add wonderful flavor, and they are therapeutic as well!

– Water should be your primary beverage of choice. Over 2/3 of our body is filled with water. It helps cleanse and dilute impurities in the body by assisting nutrients to flow into the cells and toxins out.

– Green tea contains catechins (EGCGs) and other phytochemicals. It has been a longevity supplement in Asia for thousands of years. It also gives a mild energy boost from its caffeine.

– Red wine contains resveratrol wh³ñh ³¾ a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, ànd an artery protector. Always use in moderation.

So start shopping and stock your kitchen with these anti-aging foods fοr a healthier nåw óου! Look for my next blog on the anti-aging benefits we receive from exercise.

Anti-aging: Youthful Skin Supplements

By Carol B. Blair, BS, CNC, Di Hom

Part 3 of 5

The saying is, “60 is the new 40” and even though many people may feel 40 at age 60, don’t we wish we could really stop the aging clock of our skin? While we may not be able to turn the clock back 20 years, there are definitely some ways to reduce aging to the skin.

Let’s highlight a few nutrients that can nourish the skin from the inside out. According to Nicholas Perricone, MD, author of The Wrinkle Cure, DMAE firms and tightens the skin, calling it “an instant face lift.” He recommends it as an internal supplement and as a topical aid. As a supplement, DMAE elevates mood, improves focus, memory, and alertness.

Vitamin C, MSM, hyaluronic acid, zinc, copper, and certain amino acids such as those found in whey protein, all help your body produce collagen, the substance that keeps the skin from sagging. ECGC, from green tea inhibits collagen degradation while the B vitamins, especially B2, help reduce those lines around the mouth.

Antioxidants are essential to reduce the free radical damage to the skin. Alpha lipoic acid is a favorite because it protects both the inside and outside of cells and it is also a liver protectant. Lipoic acid has also been shown to increase circulation, reduce wrinkles, and protect collagen.

Omega-7 is probably the newest kid on the block and has been called a” face lift in a bottle.” This, along with essential fatty acids, keeps the skin supple and moist thereby reducing wrinkles and giving it a healthy glow.

Check out a product called Enhanced Beauty at Natur-Tyme. It contains a lot of what is mentioned above, making it easy to obtain many of these nutrients in one supplement.

Our customers love Enhanced Beauty. Here is a recent testimonial we received on this supplement formula:

“I had redness around my nose and didn’t want to use the cortisone cream the doctor gave me. When I started using Enhanced Beauty to help build collagen in my skin, I noticed that the redness around my nose disappeared. I will definitely continue to use this product!” Diane Radcliffe

Starting a healthy skin regimen at a younger age is the key! So, watch your diet, take your supplements, use high-quality skincare products, and indulge yourself in an occasional spa treatment. Maybe eventually, we will be able to not only feel 40 when we turn 60, but also look it too!

Anti-aging: Grape Seed Oil

By Yu-Lee Izyk, Licensed Cosmetologist

Part 2 of 5

You may already know that grape seed oil is highly recommended for high-heat cooking. Because of its high smoke point, you can safely cook foods with it at high temperatures without worrying about it producing free radicals. Translation: Free radicals can prompt inflammation and other issues common with aging, so using grape seed oil in your cooking can help prevent those concerns.

Additionally, grape seed oil is filled with naturally-occurring antioxidants, such as procyanidolic oligomers and polyphenols, which actually helps slow down the aging process. Grape seed oil also contains protein, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, which aid in the production of collagen in order to keep a HEALTHY glow to the skin.

You can apply grape seed oil topically! This oil is effective for all skin types and is a top-choice for sensitive skin. While the texture is thin and silky, it absorbs very quickly! Apply it to your face, hair, and body!

Anti-aging: Skincare Ingredients

By Ginnie O’Brien, Licensed Cosmetologist

Part 1 of 5

When we think about anti-aging, our attention often turns to our skin. Using proper skincare products to reduce wrinkles and the other signs of aging is a must to maintain fresh, smooth, and radiant skin.

Using a few of these effective anti-aging products will help you keep that youthful glow. Look for these ingredients:

Vitamin C: This anti-aging powerhouse is liquid gold. Vitamin C will help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, heal sun-damaged skin, and increase collagen production.

Vitamin A: This fat-soluble, anti-aging vitamin will help you maintain a healthy moisture balance and also helps with increasing collagen production.

Glycolic acid: To me, this ingredient is critical in any anti-aging skincare regimen. This is a treatment that will take anti-aging to the next level. As we age, cell turnover slows down. We need to help it along to keep our healthy glow.

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