Anti-aging is the idealistic notion of extending the life span of human beings, either by augmenting life span or drastically extending it above its normally-settled maximum age of 125 years. The medical technologies to achieve these dramatic changes, though, doesn’t currently exist. There are, however, many facets that can be addressed to slow down the aging process. Retinol is an anti-aging ingredient. This compound is derived from vitamin A and is found in both animal and plant cells.
The human body requires at least five hundred milligrams of retinol daily for optimal health and aging. In fact, the American diet typically provides us with only two-thirds of what our bodies need. For this reason, many individuals, including athletes and seniors, have turned to calorie restriction as a means of slowing down aging.
Calorie restriction (CR) is an integral principle of natural anti-aging medicine. The process of reducing caloric intake without replacing it with other nutrients is referred to as starvation. In essence, you are allowing your body to starve to death. During this state, cells start to die at a very rapid rate, resulting in severe dehydration, protein loss and eventually death.
As stated previously, the medical science behind CR cannot be proven yet, but many believe that it is a viable option in the fight against aging. It is important to understand however that while CR effectively slows aging, the reduction of food intake does little to reverse normal aging processes. Some experts, including anti-aging doctors, opine that the effects of calorie restriction are best achieved through nutritional supplements rather than through medical treatment.
Another medical science that is being used in the fight against aging is that of the role of hormones in anti-aging. Many scientists are touting the power of the female sex hormone estrogen to fight the free radicals that form as a result of excessive calorie intake. They also claim that estrogen is necessary for maintaining a youthful, lean body mass and to ward off diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, the reduction of estrogen through medical treatment could potentially be beneficial in the treatment of obesity and other diseases that increase a woman’s risk for obesity.
The study of anti-aging, including that of the female hormone estrogen, is still very much in the very early stages. More studies must be conducted to validate these claims and determine if the use of these anti-aging ingredients will be helpful in the fight against aging. As of right now, the use of cosmetics and other similar products is not considered to be an appropriate avenue for combating the effects of aging in a medical sense.