When you think of anti-aging oils, do you think of a topical oil added on the skin? One from the beauty aisle or skin-care section?
Today, we’re looking at anti-aging oils from the inside out AND the outside in.
But, how can cooking oils from your kitchen possibly be anti-aging? Well, the healthy fats in anti-aging oils affect the whole body, and the skin in many beneficial ways (1).
Aging is a time-dependent and progressive decline in many parts of the body and physiological function of organs, including the skin. At a cellular level, aging is associated with many cellular changes: genomic instability, telomere attrition, deregulated nutrient sensing, mitochondrial dysfunction, and more.
But, you can stay healthy and naturally slow many aging processes. For example, you can stop the natural decline of muscle by simply building muscle. You can stop the natural hardening of arteries by exercising and keeping arteries flexible. You can provide neuroprotection to your brain with a Keto Zone diet.
And, you can use oils to naturally reduce the effects of aging.
Olive oil, specifically oleic acid, targets all these attributes of aging. Incredibly, more than 200 different chemical compounds have been detected in olive oil such as sterols, carotenoids, triterpenic alcohols, and phenolic compounds.
In addition to oleic acid, olive oil’s other minor nutrients, like vitamin E and polyphenols, can alter and improve gene expression, pathways, and more (2).
In olive oil-consuming countries, these anti-aging attributes may help eliminate aging-associated diseases, improve health, and increase longevity (3).
In studies, olive oil has been shown to be a potent wound healer, improving skin condition, fighting against bacteria, fighting free radicals in the skin, and reducing inflammation inside the skin layers (4, 5).
Olive oil is an effective Anti-Aging Oil, slowing aging via whole-body health, reduced inflammation, gene alteration, and topical skin healing.
Coconut oil, and isolated MCT oils, both have anti-aging properties. They:
MCTs can reduce inflammation in the body. In 2014, 30 adults with high cholesterol and inflammation consumed MCTs for 30 days. When retested, scientists found significant reductions in LDL, increases in HDL, and reductions in C-reactive protein (a marker for inflammation) (6).
Our brains age, too. Your body is able to produce more ketones efficiently when you consume coconut and MCT oils.
Researchers have found that ketones are usable fuel for the brain in those with Alzheimer’s disease, similar to young healthy brains. (8). In Alzheimer’s disease, there is an impairment in the use of glucose by the brain. Utilizing ketones in the brain, rather than glucose, may result in memory improvements and brain function (7).
Amazingly, MCTs can promote weight loss and improved body mass index (BMI) – another great anti-ager!
Next, they improve blood sugars and decrease insulin output, thereby improving health and fat metabolism (11).
In fact, MCTs can help reduce the risk of diabetes by:
In one recent study, scientists concluded that MCT oils provided benefit to beta cells in both mice and humans. One key to combating diabetes is improving the health of these cells (12).
If you’re looking for a fuel that increases energy, MCTs are one such fuel. Once delivered to the liver from the intestines, MCTs increase energy output in the mitochondria.
Mitochondria are the energy producers in cells (13).
When recreational athletes consumed MCTs in a recent study, they experienced lower lactate levels during moderate and intense workouts than they did with other fats. This may lead to improved endurance and performance (8). Other researchers found that MCTs reduce high-temperature exercise performance issues and improve overall performance (14).
Coconut oil is well-known as a topical skin ointment. Lauric acid (higher in coconut oil than MCT oil), has specifically been shown to be an effective and safe moisturizer, dermatitis fighter, skin barrier improver, wound healer, and compound that increases collagen synthesis (15, 16, 117. What’s more, coconut oil application after sun exposure demonstrates protection from UV radiation (18).
Avocado oil is an impressive anti-aging oil and has an abundant nutrients to nourish the skin from the inside and out. Mostly, it does this with its carotenoids and vitamin E.
You may think are only found in orange/red vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, and tomatoes. But, avocados are a great source as well. In fact, they contain a spectacular array of carotenoids including:
Carotenoids directly support eye health and brain health (19) as we age. And, they are highly anti-inflammatory.
Next, avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintain overall health. Specifically, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that keeps the brain, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems young and healthy.
Avocados are a good source of glutathione. This super-antioxidant is produced by our own cells and sometimes found in foods. Glutathione promotes cellular health, anti-aging, overall good metabolism and cellular cleansing. A healthy Keto Zone lifestyle, with foods like avocados, can help you maintain glutathione levels throughout adulthood.
While you likely don’t want to smear fish oil all over your skin, no anti-aging oil list would be complete without omega-3 fats from fish and krill oil.
Omega-3s fats are strong dietary anti-inflammatories.
When consumed, especially in amounts that improve their ratio to omega-6s, they cause our bodies to protect against harmful inflammatory hormones and create more healthful anti-inflammatory hormones.
How does this slow aging? Omega-3s keep us youthful by:
You can easily get more omega-3s and antioxidants in your diet with Dr. Colbert’s Krill Oil.
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If you’re looking for anti-aging nutrition, healthy fats are your best friend. Olive oil, coconut and MCT oils, avocado oils, and omega-3 oils are 4 strong anti-aging oils.