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With about 10,000 Americans expected to turn 65 every day for the next 15 years or more, anti-aging is a hot topic. Universities, drug companies, and other parties have hundreds of studies underway. Most of these studies lead nowhere.
Most; but not all. Here are 5 anti-aging tricks to help you live “younger” longer.
Keep Your Brain Sharp With… Your Toothbrush?
Several studies have already linked oral health to heart health. Folks who take good care of their teeth, just seem to have healthier hearts. Using measures like number of teeth and gum problems, scientists have seen a link time after time.
Now we have reason to believe the same may be true for your brain.
Scientists at Duke University reviewed studies published from 1993 – 2003. Not all these studies show a link between mental clarity and oral hygiene… but several do. Enough so the researchers think there’s a good chance the link exists.1
Either way, with the heart-health link, it’s a no-brainer. Take good care of your teeth, and you’ll age more gracefully. You’ll hold on to your smile… boost your heart health… and you could stay mentally sharp years longer.
The Staircase Cure for Brain Fog
We know taking care of your teeth can boost heart health. We also know walking up stairs – instead taking an elevator – is good for your heart.
Now, like taking care of your teeth, we know using the stairs may also be good for your brain.
Researchers at the University of Montreal took images of the brains of 331 adults, aged 19 – 79. They found 2 factors linked to who had more gray matter. In this study, people who took at least one flight of stairs a day – or who stayed in school longer – had more gray matter than those who didn’t.
You see, your brain normally shrinks with age. So, the amount of gray matter you have indicates your “brain age.” The more gray matter, the “younger” your brain.
The researchers were even able to figure how much difference each habit made.
For each flight of stairs a person climbed daily, they showed 6 months’ more gray matter than those who didn’t climb stairs daily. And every year of additional schooling equaled a year’s “younger” brain in terms of gray matter.
The researchers’ conclusion? Use the stairs when you can (or get equivalent exercise), and never stop learning. Continuing education could help you keep your brain younger.2
Of course, there’s a lot more than your brain involved in aging.
Simple Diet Secret Promotes “Aging Gracefully”
You probably know eating habits have a big impact on aging. You stick to lean protein… trade off carbs for veggies… and stay away from sugar whenever you can. But did you know the amount of fiber in your diet influences how well you age?
You probably know fiber is key to healthy “elimination.” Certain types of also fiber support healthy cholesterol levels. And others feed the friendly bacteria in your gut.
But did you know the amount of fiber in your diet may control how well you age? According to Australian researchers, fiber is the #1 food component for predicting overall “graceful” aging.
The scientists followed the eating habits of 1,609 volunteers – age 49 and up – for 10 years. When it came to showing the signs of aging, fiber stood out as the one big factor.
The volunteers who ate the highest level of fiber were 79% more likely to “age successfully” than those who ate less than the average amount of fiber.
Their measure of successful aging included…
• Not developing age-related physical disabilities
• Maintaining an upbeat attitude
• Remaining mentally sharp
• Holding on to lung power, and
• Not developing age-related illnesses.3
Apparently, just boosting your fiber intake a bit could make a big difference for years to come.
So could another nutrient.
The Vitamin That Mimics Exercise… In One Important Way
If you’re overweight, chances are you have too much of a protein called “endothelin.” This protein constricts blood vessels and slows blood flow.
Exercise lowers endothelin activity, opening up blood vessels and boosting blood flow.
But let’s face it, getting into an exercise program can be tough – especially when you’re carrying a few extra pounds. So if you had a way to lower endothelin while you were easing your way into a workout program…
Well, it could make a huge difference to your health.
According to scientists at the University of Colorado, vitamin C can do this. In their research, just 500 mg of vitamin C a day lowered endothelin activity in overweight adults.4
Vitamin C is no replacement for staying active. But improved blood flow is important for heart health. So getting plenty of vitamin C could help you improve blood flow until your workouts kick in to handle the job themselves.
Vitamin C may just be the tip of the iceberg. Scientists at Concordia University have been exploring the anti-aging properties of various herbs. And they’ve made a surprising discovery.
“The Key to Delaying Aging”
Your body’s systems communicate through signaling pathways. Some of these pathways trigger aging effects… others trigger anti-aging effects.
A team at Concordia University looked at the effects of extracts of six herbs on these pathways. And they made a remarkable discovery.
An extract of one herb made a huge impact on anti-aging pathways… in a good way.
The Concordia scientists used yeast in their experiments, because yeast cells age in very much the same way human cells do. And one herbal extract had the biggest anti-aging impact the researchers had ever seen.
It was white willow bark.
White willow bark has been used as a pain reliever by many cultures. Native Americans used it. Hippocrates – the ancient Greek “Father of Modern Medicine” – used it. But – apparently – not to its full potential.
This is a brand-new discovery. And there’s still a long way to go before we know the full anti-aging potential of white willow bark.
But until we know more, there’s another powerful anti-aging nutrient that’s already proven.
More Potent Than Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a powerful anti-aging substance. But its cousin – pterostilbene – is even more powerful. That’s because it’s far more absorbable.
Studies show resveratrol and pterostilbene have many of the same effects. But because our body absorbs it more easily, pterostilbene can “do more with less.”
For example, in a Case Western Reserve University animal study, scientists showed pterostilbene was effective against mental confusion… when the same level of resveratrol had no effect.6
Pterostilbene is just one of 10 anti-aging nutrients in ReGenevate – Best Life Herbals’ most powerful longevity formula ever. To discover how the ingredients in ReGenevate could help you fight the effects of age, just visit BestLife-Herbals.com.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 “Is there a link between oral health and the rate of cognitive decline?” Wiley, via Eurekalert.org. Apr 1, 2016.
2 Borreli, L., “Continuing Education And Walking Up Flights Of Stairs Reduces Brain Age Due To Gray Matter Growth,” Medical Daily. Mar 11, 2016
3 Gopinat, B., et al, “Association Between Carbohydrate Nutrition and Successful Aging Over 10 Years,” J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci (2016) 71 (10): 1335-1340.
4 “Vitamin C: The Exercise Replacement?” The American Physiological Society. Sep 4, 2015.
5 “6 new groups of molecules could be the key to delaying aging,” Concordia University. Sep 7, 2016.
6 Chang, J., et al, “Low-dose pterostilbene, but not resveratrol, is a potent neuromodulator in aging and Alzheimer’s disease,” Neurobiol Aging. Sep 2012; 33(9): 2062-2071.
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and disease.
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