Sharp mind. Fit body. Boundless energy. Supple skin.
These are just some of the ideals that most, if not all, people have when it come to their mental and physical health. People go to great lengths to achieve this, forever searching for ways to maintain a lean physique and a keen mind.
Beautiful inside and out
Far from finding the “Fountain of Youth”, people turn to numerous means to keep themselves active and looking young. Several variations of exercise and diet regimens as well as medical and scientific intervention have been explored to somehow prolong and preserve the characteristics of a youthful body.
One of the ways that the human mind has discovered is to seek sustenance from vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. These come in many forms – pills, creams, drips – and offer benefits that promise to rejuvenate and restore the body and mind from within.
From a whole alphabet of vitamins to the more cutting-edge innovations in medicine, here are some of the latest and most promising supplements that offer potential benefits to both your body and mind:
1. Nicotinamide Riboside
A unique member of the vitamin B3 family, nicotinamide riboside (NR) converts into nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a molecule found in every cell in the body.
NAD+ is an essential ingredient for life as it powers metabolism by enabling the mitochondria – an organelle known to be the “powerhouse” of the cells – as it takes in nutrients, breaks it down, and creates molecules rich in energy. If the NAD+ levels are low, it puts people at risk for muscular and neurodegenerative disorders, affects cardiometabolic health, and cellular repair and resiliency.
Over the years, scientists have been studying the effects of NAD+ and, in a recent human study conducted in the Integrative Physiology of Aging at the University of Colorado, they found that NR supplementation given to middle aged and older adults increased NAD+ levels to an average of 60% compared to placebo.
This finding is especially important as it presents the ability to improve cardiovascular and physiological functions even as a person ages.
Previous human studies also suggest that NR supplementation safely and reliably raises NAD+ levels that potentially render a therapeutic advantage to chronic conditions. Elevated NAD+ levels also support healthy skin, reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, and increase cellular energy levels.
Naturally found in plants such as blueberries, pterostilbene is a polyphenolic compound that is similar to the antioxidant resveratrol. Created by plants as a defense system against microorganisms that causes diseases, this phytoalexin has improved bioavailability compared to resveratrol, making it easier for the body to absorb it.
As found in the clinical study on humans conducted led by Dr. Daniel M. Riche at the University of Mississippi, pterostilbene is generally regarded as safe as long as supplementation does not exceed 250 mg per day.
Pterostilbene activates special nuclear receptors in the body called “peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α” (PPAR-α), which control lipid metabolism, among other functions in the body.
Other pterostilbene benefits include healthier cellular function, improved blood circulation, preserving cognitive function, and better cardiovascular health. It’s superior antioxidant qualities also offer pro-longevity benefits.
3. Caffeine Pterostilbene Co-crystals
Caffeine, combined with the many health benefits of pterostilbene, produces even more advantages for the body. This powerful combination generates pure energy that allows the body to stay energized throughout the day.
Known to improve cognitive performance and mood, caffeine has been widely used the world over by people who want to feel alert and productive in their daily dealings. However, overconsumption of caffeinated products has possible health risks. This, then, led the US Food and Drug Administration to investigate its safety.
According to the agency, the recommended daily allowance should only be 400 mg which is about four to five mildly caffeinated cups of coffee. Some people consume more caffeinated products believing that it will give them the energy they need.
The caffeine-pterostilbene combo effectively addresses this by offering the market a solution to reduce caffeine content in products but still delivering the same performance that consumers expect.
According to a human clinical study, this power combo delivers 30% more caffeine to the blood over a longer period of time. This considerably reduces the amount of caffeine in food products while still providing the same level of energy-boosting qualities.
This makes the caffeine-pterostilbene cocrystal supplement a revolutionary alternative to traditional coffee, energy drinks, or energy bars. It can also improve cognitive function and mental alertness, support feelings of well-being by enhancing mood, and reinforces healthy cell function by optimizing pterostilbene absorption.
4. Spirulina extract
Natural immune boosters such as those containing spirulina extract significantly demonstrate immune support. With its predominant active compound called “Braun-type lipoproteins,” it is a useful aid in improving human immune function when compared to common herbal supplements like echinacea and ginseng.
In different human studies involving spirulina, healthy adults who were given 400 mg of spirulina supplement for seven days displayed an average increase in NK cell cytotoxicity by 40%. This means that the natural killer cells in the body have a better chance to fight pathogens including several types of tumors and microbial infections with spirulina.
5. Purple corn husk extract
Purple corn husk extract has been found to be a rich source of anthocyanins.
Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, a class of compounds that has antioxidant effects. A particular variety extracted from North American soil has a significantly higher content of anthocyanin. Using proprietary technology, it goes through a process to produce a powder that is clean and natural.
This powder may be used as a supplementary product in aid of blood sugar and weight management. It also supports healthy cholesterol levels, blood flow, and circulation as well as vision health. In addition, its antioxidant properties help fight oxidative stress, free radicals, and also offer anti-aging benefits.
Glow from within
These innovative and revolutionary discoveries in the form of supplements offer a huge potential to help both the body and mind. Used properly in their recommended dosages, you can maximize the many benefits they bring and get that healthy, youthful look that starts from within.
Frank L. Jaksch Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of ChromaDex. He oversees research, strategy and operations for the Company with a focus on scientific and novel products for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. Mr. Jaksch earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Valparaiso University.