In recent years, a great deal of research has been given to anti-aging. This should come as no great surprise, considering the millions of Baby Boomers scheduled to enter retirement. Around the world, millions of Baby Boomers will be exiting the workforce, and they have billions in savings to spend. This means that companies are seeing major dollar signs. As a result, there has been a tremendous amount of research in recent years in the quest to find a way to slow or even stop aging.
Today, many experts feel that there are ways to greatly slow the aging process. Few, however, are bold enough to flat out state that aging may soon be a thing of the past. After all, no one wants to claim that the Fountain of Youth is around the corner and that many people alive today could live forever. Whether or not slowing the aging process to this extent is possible is most certainly still up to debate. Of course, for the time being, this issue remains in the realm of science fiction!
This is not to state that there is not considerable concrete research being done on anti-aging and healthy aging. Numerous foods and supplements are receiving considerable attention for their ability to contribute to slowing the aging process.
One compound that has received considerable attention is resveratrol. Resveratrol is a compound discovered in red wine, but also found in small amounts in grapes, raisins and a handful of other foods. Testing indicates that resveratrol may actually serve to slow the aging process at least when in a concentrated pill form. The amount of resveratrol found in red wine is considerable, but the real benefit of resveratrol is to be found in a supplement. Whether or not resveratrol will actually extend the human lifespan is still to be seen.
Additional research is also taking place around the world with a wide variety of supplements and compounds. For example, recent experiments fed mice a drug called rapamycin. As a result, the lifespans of these adult mice was extended between 9-14 percent. Some scientists also believe that they will be able to extend the human lifespan by deleting a gene in the body called SIRs. As genetic research continues to evolve, we will likely hear more about these types of procedures.
Resveratrol may get the majority of the headlines about anti-aging, but there are many foods that you can eat in the here and now that can contribute to healthy aging. Green tea, extra virgin olive oil and omega-3 rich foods, such as walnuts, wild Alaskan salmon, and sardines can all contribute to healthy aging.
It is important to realize that at the heart of anti-aging is a healthy diet that avoids fast food, processed foods and excessive calories. Sugar, trans fats, chemicals and preservatives and high levels of sodium can all serve to dramatically harm your health and shorten your lifespan. The foods that you don't eat can ultimately play just as important of a role in longevity, as the anti-aging foods and supplements that you take. Seeing healthy aging as a process with many aspects and parts will go a long way towards helping you live a long and healthy life.
What are the steps you are taking on the road to healthy aging?