"Forever young", "120 years old and as vital as at 30": The anti-aging wave flooded the market with pills, books and fitness offers. Much of the product has a dubious benefit for the consumer at best. But as so often - at the core is something true. The fact is that man's genetic endowment could still last a longer life than we have on average today. At the same time, it is quite normal for the human body to degrade tissue and organ functions as early as mid-20s, the detoxification system begins to weaken and certain hormone levels drop.
Dangers of anti-aging hormone therapy
Especially well-heeled people can therefore mix the anti-aging hormone cocktail: DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) a precursor for all sex hormones, or the growth hormone HGH (Human Growth Hormone) with multiple effects on the entire body.
Effects and side effects of these hormone therapies have not been tested for a long time. Dietary supplements of all kinds are simpler and more cost-effective: vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, pills, powders or juices. Properly and scientifically proven: Aging is a lifestyle issue. Those who eat a well-balanced diet, drink moderately, do not smoke, and do enough exercise have a better chance of aging well.
Oxidative stress makes you old
The cell biological root cause of aging is the destruction of cell structures by free radicals. Some of these highly reactive substances are produced in the normal metabolism of the cell, for example during energy production. More radicals get into our bodies through environmental toxins and smoking. The highly aggressive molecules accelerate the lifespan of cells.
Fortunately, antioxidants are able to break this reaction mechanism. Effective antioxidants are beta-carotene (the precursor of vitamin A), vitamins C and E, and the trace element selenium. However, the individual nutrients administered via pills and powders had scarcely the expected effect in scientific studies.
Far more protection against free radicals and, moreover, against cancer and cardiovascular diseases had fresh foods, especially vegetables, fruits and fresh herbs.
Sport extends life
Fresh salads, vegetable-rich meals and whole grains have the advantage of satisfying them without giving the body too much energy. Because a balanced balance of absorbed and burned calories, ie a normal body weight is just as important a requirement to stay healthy. Regular exercise protects the heart regardless of body weight.
The right fats
Vegetable oils like sunflower or rapeseed oil contain a lot of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which help lower cholesterol levels. Olive oil with its high content of monounsaturated acidity has a favorable effect. The much-advertised omega-3 fatty acids are found mainly in fatty saltwater fish and protect against cardiovascular diseases. At most one third of the daily amount of fat should consist of saturated fatty acids, which are mainly present in animal foods, because they raise the cholesterol level.
The forgotten factor: water
Water is the most important and most underrated food. No matter if juice spritzers, mineral water or teas, the daily amount of about two liters should be respected. Just think of the Mediterranean cuisine: plenty of vegetables and fruits, high-quality oils, an aqua mineral for every coffee, physical exertion in the fresh air and everything with serenity and enjoyment!