A guide to anti-aging nutrients

It seems hardly a month goes by without a new anti-aging superstar emerging on the scene. It can be hard to keep up with them all and what it is they’re supposed to do for you. Well, help is at hand as we take a look at a few of the most celebrated anti-aging nutrients, how they work and where you can find them. Let’s get started:

Coenzyme Q10

Also referred to simply as CoQ10, it is the fifth most popular supplement in the US, taken by approximately 53% of the population.

CoQ10 is used by your body to produce a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which fuels the mitochondria at the center of your cells. As we age, we produce less CoQ10 and this accelerates DNA damage and leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness and even heart failure.

You can stock up on CoQ10 by eating plenty of beef, mackerel, spinach and broccoli, to ensure your cells get what they need to stay healthy.


Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and the carotenoid found in red fruit and vegetables. It protects against heart disease, atherosclerosis and certain forms of cancer. Evidence also points towards its role in protecting the skin against UVA and UVB radiation and maintaining skin smoothness.

Lycopene can be found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit and apricots. As a pigment, it is, in fact, what gives the fruit and vegetables their color, which also makes it easy to identify. Lycopene is also easily absorbed through the skin so can be found in a number of topical products.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is proven to play a role in the production of collagen, the natural protein that gives our skin its firmness and elasticity. Vitamin C also possesses antioxidants that can repair the damage caused by free radicals formed through sun exposure.

Vitamin C is widely available in many fruits and vegetables. However, ingesting vitamin C might not be the best way to get vitamin C to where you want it, with one study suggesting topically applied vitamin C is 20 times more effective than when orally ingested.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has many health benefits, including keeping bones and teeth strong and protecting against cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Additionally, vitamin D has also been linked to healthy telomeres, the caps at each end of chromosomes that shorten as we age and lead to cell senescence and the onset of the signs of aging.

Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin through UV exposure, but while it’s good to get out in the sun to get your fix, be sure to wear sunscreen when you do. You can also get vitamin D through food, such as cheese, eggs, and fatty fish.


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