Vitamins, Minerals and Longevity

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Vitamins, Minerals and Longevity

-Antioxidant Vitamins and Minerals

The antioxidant mineral, selenium, and antioxidant carotenoids (especially ß-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and B-cryptoxanthin) have been shown to increase your chances of living longer. The results of a study published recently in the Journal of Nutrition clearly showed just that – women with the most selenium and carotenoids in their bodies tended to live the longest.1 And since, in this respect at least, men and women are not different, the same conclusion can be applied to men. Increasingly, research is showing that sufficient antioxidants in the body that quench potentially harmful free radicals promote health and longevity.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Vitamins, Minerals and the Brain

References:
1. Ray AL, Semba RD, Walston J, Ferrucci L, Cappola AR, Ricks MO, Xue QL, Fried LP. Low serum selenium and total carotenoids predict mortality among older women living in the community: The Women’s Health and Aging Studies. J Nutr 2006;136:172-176.


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