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23 February 2015

Taking care of the body by exercising regularly and eating the right foods is the best investment for a long life. Combine this with some key supplements that boost energy levels, prevent disease and improve brain function and you have the recipe for a healthy future.

Here are four fantastic supplements that encourage longevity of life:

Vitamin C for healthy skin and fewer colds

A great antioxidant, Vitamin C is believed to protect the body against harmful free radicals that are linked to cancer, heart disease and arthritis. It also promotes the production of collagen that helps the skin to look young, encourages wounds to heal quickly and increases iron absorption. Lots of people take Vitamin C supplements to prevent or reduce the duration of common colds too.

Fish Oils for brain function

Fish oils are great for sharpening up the memory and improving mental acuity. Regularly taking a fish oil supplement that includes omega-3 fatty acids, like Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), may also prevent or slow down the onset of dementia, according to recent studies. DHA, which is also found in trout, mussels, salmon and mackerel, is a concentrated fat that the brain needs to perform cognitive functions like walking, driving and running. Even young people who have good memories can benefit from taking fish oils; it’s a great investment for future brain health.

Vitamin D for bones and cancer prevention

Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium, which keeps bones healthy. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone deformities and diseases like osteoporosis, osteomalacia and rickets. Some studies have shown that a deficiency in this vital vitamin could even increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and bowel cancer. The body either generates Vitamin D from direct exposure to sunlight or obtains it through food sources like eggs, oily fish and fortified cereals. However, it is hard to get enough Vitamin D from food alone, or even from the sun in parts of the world that experience a wane in sunshine over the winter months. The government recommends that those who are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency, such as people over the age of 65, should take a daily supplement.

Resveratrol to protect the heart

Inflammation within the body can lead to blood clots that block the flow of blood to the heart resulting in heart conditions. Resveratrol is a phenol compound that’s naturally found in foods like blueberries, peanuts, mulberries and grapes, which can reduce inflammation of the heart. Taking a supplement could therefore help to maintain a healthy heart and reduce the risk of heart disease, angina and heart attack.

Combining exercise and healthy eating with the right supplements is the best way to live a longer life and ensure that the body feels just as young as the heart!

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