As we grow older, we may not feel older in spirit, but it is likely that we will begin to feel and see the physical toll it has on our bodies. It is inevitable that things will slow down; our body no longer functions as before and in some cases, the chronic disease becomes more likely. In general, the population is aging and with this increase in age there is an increased desire to prevent aging, keep the skin youthful and healthy and extend the lifespan.

Some factors that influence aging are inevitable.

These include time, genetics, and mutations that occur as part of normal cellular processing and these are unfortunately beyond our control.

Fortunately, there are some factors that influence aging that is within our control, such as our exposure to the sun and pollutants, alcohol consumption, smoking, and nutrition.

The advancement of modern medicine has helped a lot with the quest to live longer and prevent chronic diseases. For some, however, the idea of ​​a pill life does not sound as attractive as a natural remedy.

How Can Supplements Help With Premature Aging

The aging process leads to biochemical and physiological changes that can be delayed and sometimes reversed by the proper use of dietary supplements. So which supplements can we use to reduce the signs of aging so that we look and feel good?

Although we cannot control the aging process, the possibility of delaying it with these supplements seems very possible.


Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin that occurs in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, grapefruit, red and green peppers, and broccoli. Adult men need 90mg of vitamin C per day and adult women 75mg per day to maintain our normal body processes. Because it is found in so many common foods, most adults are able to meet this RDA. We often think about how we age, how we look. Such as what happens to our skin as we age, such as age spots, wrinkles, and sun damage.

Sun damage actually contributes too much to the physical signs of aging that we see and this is known as photoaging. Sun damage is responsible for much of the oxidative stress in our body. This is when what is known as reactive oxygen species, or ROS, are too abundant in the body.

If we have too many of these, oxidative stress occurs and this has a negative impact on our bodily functions.

How does vitamin C prevent aging?

Anti-aging, such as vitamin C, is useful for cleaning up and removing this ROS from our body. It is thought that this process gives vitamin C so many of its great anti-aging effects. With local use, vitamin C has a number of positive effects against skin damage and aging. It not only works to protect against this photo generation but also to reverse signs of aging.

Vitamin C works closely with collagen, a protein that is important to give our skin structure, increase production, stabilize fibers and also reduce breakdown.

In addition, it lowers melanin, which can reduce the appearance of pigmentation or age spots caused by the sun. Vitamin C also works synergistically with another antioxidant, vitamin E.


    • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that we must consume through food sources to make our body function properly. It occurs naturally in foods such as walnuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and almonds. Adults need around 15 mg per day to stay healthy.

How does vitamin E prevent aging?

As mentioned above, just like vitamin C, vitamin E is also an antioxidant that can help protect against oxidative stress. Like vitamin C, it has proven to be effective in treating skin with photoaging and reversing skin damage.

One of the most biologically active forms of vitamin E is alpha-tocopherol. Concentrations of these in the skin are reduced when exposed to UV light, which can lead to damage.

However, we now know that when we take it orally or topically, we can supplement this vitamin E and protect our skin from these signs of aging. In addition to aesthetic signs of aging, vitamin E has also shown that it has a neuroprotective effect in mouse models, preventing premature aging

Although this has not been well studied in humans, it is a promising finding that could indicate the use of vitamin E in protecting against age-related neurodegenerative disorders in the future.

    • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): Another antioxidant that is useful in the aging process is coenzyme q10 (coq10). Although not essential, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, the amounts in the body decrease over time. This is worrying because of its important role in energy production for the body and its role in the aging process.

      How does coq10 prevent aging?

      Recent research has shown that coenzyme q10 can play a role in many age-related chronic diseases. This includes not only the prevention of cardiovascular disease but also the ability to protect the brain against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Therefore, if we start losing it with age, we are likely to become more susceptible to these chronic diseases. Researchers are looking for or supplementing with coenzyme q10 to supplement our depleted stores, actually working to prevent the development of these diseases.

      Because coenzyme q10 can be produced by the body, there is no current RDA or amount that we need to consume daily. However, when taken as a general health supplement, the usual dose is around 100 mg per day.

    • Quercetin: Quercetin is a bioflavonoid known for its antiallergenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects due to its ability to act as an antioxidant and to clear up free radicals. It is found in many fruits and vegetables such as grapes, blueberries, cherries, onions, and broccoli, and is studied in its supplement for its anti-aging effects.

      How does quercetin fight aging?

      A study conducted in 2016 attempted to demonstrate the effects of topically applied rutin, a quercetin glycoside, with many of the same characteristics, as an anti-aging nutraceutical. Results from this study showed that it can increase skin thickness, improve facial and eye wrinkles, and improve skin elasticity.

      In addition to the topical application for skin health, quercetin has also been shown to be effective for the prevention and treatment of various neurodegenerative diseases. Although the exact mechanism is unknown, it is thought that its activity as an antioxidant may play a role because it is thought to be 6 times more effective as an antioxidant than vitamin C.

      Finally, it has also been shown that it extends the lifespan in different animal models.

      Although the mechanism of action is still being elucidated for these anti-aging processes, quercetin is a promising supplement for both aesthetic and physical health as we age.