Interested in detoxing and anti-aging? Who isn't! Let's take a look at some all-natural nutrients that can accomplish this goal.
Here are some all-natural, healthy nutrients you can add to your diet, to help support your body’s healthy aging and detoxification.
Aged Garlic Extract – Better than Garlic
As we’ve shared before, Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) is very beneficial to the cardiovascular and immune system.* The unique aging process applied in manufacturing AGE distinguishes Kyolic from other garlic products available on the market. Our garlic is stored in stainless steel tanks and naturally aged for up to 20 months. Through this process, the harsh and unstable organosulfur compounds are converted into mild and effective compounds, including the sulfur-containing amino acids that are responsible for Kyolic’s health benefits. This conversion eliminates odor-causing components, resulting in the truly odorless AGE. Over 800 research papers have shown that AGE not only supports immunity and reduces inflammation, but also has proven cardiovascular benefits, for lowering blood pressure, and cholesterol as well.*
Now, let’s break down all of the other ingredients in this supplement, including vitamins A, C, E, and selenium, also green tea, milk thistle, and L-Glutathione.
Vitamins A, C, E, & Selenium – Antioxidant Power
There are so many vitamins that are beneficial to our health, and vitamin A is certainly one of them! Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is good for healthy vision, skin, bones, and other tissues in the body. It often works as an antioxidant, fighting cell damage. Not only that, it also has a significant role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other vital organs. There are two types of vitamin A; preformed vitamin A (also called retinol), which is found in animal products. Good sources are milk, eggs, meat, cheese, and liver. Pro-vitamin A is found in plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables (Bradford, 2017).
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that cannot be produced by the body itself. It is water-soluble and found in lots of fruits and vegetables, like strawberries, oranges, kiwi, kale, and more. While it’s usually advised that people try and get as much of their vitamin C that they can through their daily diet, many also turn to a quality vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses.
For reference, antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They are able to do this by protecting the cells from harmful free radicals. When functioning properly, free radicals can help fight off pathogens (pathogens lead to infection). When these free radicals accumulate and overpopulate, they can promote a state known as oxidative stress (Raman, 2018). Oxidation in and of itself is a normal process that takes place in the body. On the other hand, oxidative stress happens when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in our bodies.
Vitamin E, like Vitamin C, plays the role of antioxidant, preventing free radical damage to specific fats in the body that are critical for your health. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is required for the proper function of many organs, enzyme activities and neurological processes. One of the top benefits of Vitamin E is that is balances cholesterol. When cholesterol levels are in their natural state, they’re balanced, and healthy. When cholesterol oxidizes, that’s when it becomes dangerous. Studies have shown that certain components of vitamin E serve as a protective antioxidant that fights cholesterol oxidation (Levy, 2018). Vitamin E also has powerful antioxidant abilities that have the power to reduce free radical damage as well, and fight inflammation. Some of the top vitamin E rich foods are: sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, mango, and avocado.
Selenium plays an important role in the health of the immune system. This antioxidant helps lower oxidative stress in the body, which reduces inflammation and boosts immunity (Kubala, 2017). A diet rich in selenium may help keep you heart healthy, since low selenium levels have been linked to an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Selenium may also lower markers of inflammation in the body, one of the main risk factors for heart disease. To get a little more selenium in your diet, focus incorporating more sunflower seeds, eggs, Brazil nuts, oats, brown rice, and turkey.
Green Tea, Milk Thistle and L-Glutathione – Liver Defense
Green tea has been touted by many as the healthiest drink you can consume. Not only is it chock full of antioxidants, but it also aids brain function, fat loss and many other impressive benefits. Caffeine is one of the key active ingredients in green tea. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain called Adenosine. This way, it increases the firing of neurons and concentrations of neurotransmitters like dopamine (Gunnars, 2018). Many people say that they have more energy and are able to be more productive, when they consume green tea.
Milk Thistle is an herbal remedy that has traditionally been used to treat liver and gallbladder disorders. It is commonly used by people who have liver damage due to conditions like alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis. Studies have shown improvements in liver function in people with a compromised liver who have taken a milk thistle supplement, suggesting that it could help reduce liver inflammation and liver damage (West, 2018).
L-Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant found in every cell in the body. It is made of three types of molecules known as amino acids. One interesting fact about this antioxidant is that the body is able to make it in the liver, which isn’t true of most antioxidants (Carter, December). Some other important functions of this antioxidant include: making DNA, supporting immune function, breaking down free radicals, regenerating vitamins C & E, and more.
While we can’t turn back the clock, we can take steps to support our heart, immune and liver health to help us maintain the strength and vitality of our younger selves.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.