Wondering what the best supplements are for fighting inflammation and ageing ? We’ve put together a list of the best diet hacks, lifestyle interventions and supplements you should be taking if you want to stay healthy, reduce stress, keep that youthful glow and boost your brainpower as you move into older age.
There is a minefield of information out there when it comes to inflammation and anti-ageing so we wanted to break it down for you and give you some powerful, realistic and actionable solutions.
If you’re stumped for where to start when it comes to the best diet to reduce inflammation, the best products for anti-ageing or the best supplements for wrinkles then read on.
Inflammation is a natural, healthy response to stress. A runny nose is a result of healthy inflammation, as is the protective swelling you get when you stub your toe. These are examples of instances where your body is reacting proportionally to the stressor in order to mitigate harm and help to restore the body to balance. It is only when inflammation becomes excessive or prolonged that it becomes an issue; we call this ‘chronic inflammation’.
Why is chronic inflammation a problem? Chronic inflammation suggests a stressed out, overworked and overloaded immune system. A burned out immune system is ineffective at doing what it is supposed to do, that is protecting you from disease and pathogens, and keeping you fit and well.
The root cause of chronic inflammation can be varied, and may involve one or more of the following lifestyle factors: poor nutrition, lack of movement, undersleeping, and work, relationship or financial stress.
Signs that you might be suffering from chronic inflammation include:
- Weight gain, especially around the middle
- General malaise or feeling constantly ‘run-down’
- Digestive problems
- Skin issues
- Bleeding gums
- Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
To take control of chronic inflammation and heal yourself of these ailments, you’re going to need to make some changes. Dietary considerations, lifestyle factors and supplementing smartly can all play a role in getting a handle on lowering those inflammation markers.
An anti-inflammatory diet should include a healthy dose of fibre from fruits and vegetables (in all colours of the rainbow), nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains. High-fibre foods contain naturally occurring anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that can help to reduce inflammation. Adding certain spices, such as turmeric and ginger, to your vegetable cooking can enhance their anti-inflammatory properties further.
Foods with high levels of omega-3 should also get a daily look-in: fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovies are packed full of it, as are flaxseeds, walnuts and oysters. Omega-3 is an important part of a balanced diet, and can help to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer and joint conditions, which have all been shown to be highly correlated with levels of inflammation in the blood.
Cutting out processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, red meat and saturated fat can all have an enormous overall impact on reducing chronic inflammation. Your immune system, mental health and skin, hair and nails will all thank you for cutting down on these foods.
Lifestyle changes to consider when lowering inflammation is your goal include regular physical exercise and meditation. The current recommendations are that healthy adults should be getting 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week which could include a brisk walk, a run, a bike ride, or HIIT and ideally a combination of easier and more challenging workouts. Yoga is also fantastic for reducing stress both physically and mentally and thus can be an effective remedy for chronic inflammation. When it comes to exercise, the best routine is the one that you enjoy and so can ultimately commit to in the long-run.
Developing a meditation practice or routine has also been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. If you’re new to meditation, or unsure of where to begin, download the Headspace app or have a browse on YouTube for a guided meditation that speaks to you; there are so many great ones to choose from and there really is something for everyone.
When it comes to supplementing for chronic inflammation, LYMA is in a league of its own. LYMA contains three potent ingredients that can help you to re-find your sense of balance:
● HydroCurc® contains the effective form of curcumin known to scientists and dieticians, and is formulated at a daily dose of 250mg in LYMA. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric and is at its most readily bioavailable in HydroCurc®.
● Full spectrum, Ayurveda-approved root extracted KSM-66® Ashwagandha is formulated at a daily dose of 600mg in LYMA. This particular strain of ashwagandha has been clinically proven to be the most powerful adaptogen for fighting chronic inflammation.
● LYMA also contains Wellmune® which can help to rescue an already-burned-out immune system. Wellmune® is a highly specialised beta glucan which has been shown to enhance key immune responses in the body, improve overall health and mitigate the detrimental effects of inflammation of the immune system.
If you want to mitigate the harmful effects of inflammation, boost your immunity, improve your mental health, look better and improve your overall well being, then supplementing with LYMA is a great place to start.
Simply put, the ageing process is the result of inevitable and multifarious mutations in normal biological function over time, including DNA damage, dysfunction of proteins, oxidation of cells and reduced or confused communication between cells, neurons and tissues in the body.
Let’s get one thing straight: ageing will happen to all of us (if we’re lucky) and there is nothing we can do to stop it; it is a biological certainty. However, what we can do is to slow the process down and gain a certain amount of control over the impact ageing has on our physical and mental wellbeing.
We believe that looking and feeling your best for as long as possible is a worthwhile undertaking, so allow us to outline some straightforward hacks you can use to slow the ageing process and keep your brain and body thriving for longer:
● Get moving
Weight gain is something that happens to us as we age. To combat the fat you’ll need to up the exercise you’re doing each week, especially if you spend long periods of time sitting at a desk or remaining stationary during the workday. Try to incorporate as much movement as possible throughout the day: take the stairs instead of the escalator, get off the train a stop early and walk the rest of your journey, do ten press ups between conference calls, whatever works for you. As outlined above, you should also be looking to exercise consciously for a minimum of 150 minutes a week.
● Make sure you’re getting enough sleep
Studies have shown that not sleeping enough may lead to cell damage and premature ageing. You should be getting between seven and nine hours’ sleep per night. When you’re asleep your body is working on growth and repair of tissues; if it is not given sufficient time to do this you will find that you experience symptoms of age-related ‘wear and tear’ such as being prone to injury, having dull and lacklustre skin, hair and nails, and not healing as quickly from cuts and scrapes. You also have a coenzyme in your body called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) which declines as you get older. NAD+ plays an important role in keeping the mitochondria of your cells firing on all cylinders and studies have shown that sleeping for longer can reduce the rate at which production slows as you age.
● Take the right supplements
Supplements can help to fight ageing from a number of angles. From helping to prevent mental and cognitive decline to reducing the impact of the ageing process on your appearance, LYMA is a great option for those of you wanting to slow down the inevitable and look and feel your best for longer.
When it comes to supporting brain health, Cognizin® as formulated at 250mg in LYMA is the world’s leading nootropic. Cognizin® has been extensively clinically tested for efficacy with robust peer-reviewed data. There is evidence to suggest that supplementing with Cognizin® can improve both memory and mood in people young and old, and that it can help to slow cognitive impairment and may even help with dementia prevention.
Cynatine® HNS is a really exciting ingredient for those who want to protect, repair and increase the health of their skin, hair and nails - even as they age. LYMA uses the latest patented technology to deliver Cynatine® HNS, a stable and clinically proven form of natural keratin peptides, directly to the relevant cells.
If you’re looking for an anti-ageing beauty solution then look no further than Lycored Lycopene™. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant; oxidation plays a central role in the ageing process and the presence of free radicals is responsible for the break-down of cells as you age, therefore supplementing can help to put a stop to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Lycopene also inhibits ‘collagenases’ - the enzymatic breakdown of the skin’s natural collagen - keeping your skin plump and helping the skin to retain elasticity and moisture.
Supplementing smartly can be an absolute game-changer when it comes to fighting the signs of ageing, both inside and out. Find out more about LYMA here.
● Stay social
Finally, scientists and sociologists have been able to show time and again, in study after study, that the people who live the longest, report feeling happiest and experience the most abundant health in old age are those with good quality relationships and a large circle of friends. So pick up the phone, go and see your pal, call your sister or stop what you’re doing and chat to your neighbour over the fence. Whatever you do, just remember that a strong sense of community could be the key to eternal youth.
There are a number of things you can do if you want to reduce inflammation and slow down the ageing process, and if you employ even just a handful of the measures in this article you’ll be getting the additional benefits of boosted immunity, glowing skin, strong nails and hair, improved mental health and reduced cognitive decline too. If you only do one thing on this list, make it daily supplementation with LYMA. Along with the ingredients outlined above which specifically target the underlying causes of inflammation and oxidative ageing, LYMA’s formula contains an additional four unrivalled ingredients that provide a whole host of extra benefits, beyond a healthy diet. What are you waiting for?
Originally published Sep 1, 2020.