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Study: Anti-aging Supplements Most Beneficial When Taken Earlier In Life

June 4, 2010 by  

Study: Anti-aging supplements most beneficial when taken earlier in lifeResults of a new University of Florida College of Medicine study suggest anti-aging supplements are most effective when taken before the onset of old age.

Using an animal model, lead author Christiaan Leeuwenburgh and his colleagues tested a mixture of anti-aging supplements on a group of middle-aged and late-aged subjects. The supplements contained antioxidant coenzyme Q10, creatine and ginseng.

After six weeks, the younger subjects—whose age corresponded to 50-year-old to 65-year-old humans—improved their grip strength by 12 percent and their neurological function by 66 percent compared to a cohort of control group participants.

In contrast, older subjects—whose age was comparable to 65-year-old to 80-year-old men and women—experienced no statistically relevant improvement in physical or cognitive function.

"It is possible that there is a window during which these compounds will work, and if the intervention is given after that time it won’t work," said researcher Jinze Xu.

However, older subjects who were given the supplements did lower their levels of oxidative stress and improve their energy levels.

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    Of course health supplements work best when taken early in ones life….that’s just common sense…..but they do also work very well later in life – - it’s better to take supplements than to not take supplements – - in my opinion and my observations….

    • judy

      AMEN..AMEN..AMEN.. i have personally lived on suppliments for 6yrs.. i have lupus, pulmonary fibrosis, vertigo and have been on oxygen for 6 years also.. i take no drugs except for meclizine for vertigo and an occasional need for powerful antibiotics when i develop pneumonia. I NOT ONLY BELIEVE IN SUPPLIMENTS I AM EXTREEMLY GRATEFUL FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT. AND THE PEOPLE WHO ADDRESS THE QUALITY OF THEIR SUPPLIMENTS, I HAVE BEEN ON MOSTLY SHAKLEE PRODUCTS, WITH JUST A FEW I BUY OFF THE INTERNET. NO SALES PITCH FOR SHAKLEE, BUT THEY HAVE A GREAT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM…

  • s c

    America was a better country, and it was easier to be healthy BEFORE Uncle Scam stepped in to ‘save us from ourselves.’ Now that we’re over-hyped, over-legislated and expected to serve Uncle Scam like a SLAVE, we have all the reasons we need to get and stay health – REGARDLESS of what the old fart [Uncle Scam] wants.
    Learn what works, folks. If it helps, take it. Work on your immune system. What it will take to permanently get rid of progressivism and a perverted Uncle Scam mentality will require a strong immune system.
    Face it. Uncle Scam does NOT care about your health. His many ‘friends’ are busy staying filthy rich while we get sicker and sicker.

  • http://none Phrofit

    If one sees it self as healthy, healthy they will be. To be healthy,
    is to act healthy. I started Life Extension at age 42. When I talked free radicals and vegetarian diet they laughed..Gensing, Garlic, Vit
    “C” Meletonin, Boron and ONE a DAY vits puritan prids” Green Source”,
    will keep you strong and young. Eighty years old and feeling Fifty.
    Work out two hours aday move about 50,000# and run and Bike..

  • Anthony

    Way to go, Phrofit.. good for you!

    I’m 55 and I am also working to maintain a better lifestyle, as opposed to boozing it up over sports, etc.

    The poster is right – if you work to respect yourself, you will do what’s necessary to enhance the way you feel by give=ing your body what it really craves.

    Hope Bob doesn’t mind, but I watch YouTube’s “Nutrition by Natalie”
    Maybe Bob should get her to add some items on this website, as well.

    Go check it out….

  • GregS

    This article is not very specific about the type of coenzyme Q10 being used. Ubiquinol, which is the reduced form of coenzyme Q10, is more effective in older adults, because as people grow older, they lose their ability to reduce coenzyme Q10 in their bodies. Thus, the regular (oxidized) form cannot be utilized at all in older (40 yrs and older) adults. If you are taking coenzyme Q10, you should make sure the label specifically says “ubiquinol,” and NOT just “CoQ10.”

    • s c

      GregS, you’re right. People shouldn’t waste their money via an inferior grade of CoQ10. Supplement producers make easy money making and selling inferior substitutes.
      People get royally hosed this way. Avoid second-rate supplement makers the way you’d avoid a smiling, manipulating politician. They want your MONEY and your blind trust, but they couldn’t care less about your health.
      Stick with quality (ubiquinol), and AVOID the rest, folks. Supplement makers who sell inferior-quality products deserve to be put OUT of business. Spend your money wisely. YOU can be healthy, or you can be used and abused and NOT healthy.

  • Carey Darnel

    Visit online websites like morningstar and so forth and do some fundamental analysis in advance of investing, also read up the companies annual report and if possible of some competitors..
    DO your homework just before investing, do not listen to anyone’s advice take your personal decision after thorough analysis


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