It is often agreed that the ageing process and the reasons why some people age well while others don't are probably the result of complex interactions among three factors: heredity, environment, and lifestyle. Although you can't change your genetic makeup, you can change your environment, to a degree, and you most certainly can change your lifestyle, through diet, exercise, etc.

Diet includes nutritional supplements, certain supplements, such as acetyl-L-carnitine and R-lipoic acid, may be able to slow the ageing process because of the manner in which they affect your energy metabolism.

Oxidative Damage Causes Ageing
One of the prominent theories of ageing is that it's due in part to oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are generated in all our cells during cellular respiration, the process in which the oxygen we breathe is used to "burn" the glucose and fatty acids derived from the foods we eat. Much of the chemical energy thus produced is stored in the form of molecules of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which subsequently give up that energy. Meanwhile, however, the free radicals produced through cellular respiration attack and degrade the lipids and proteins of our cells-and the DNA.

Recent research has shown that oxidation is a major contributor to cellular ageing and the degenerative diseases that accompany ageing, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune-system decline, brain dysfunction, and cataracts. Antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids, could provide protection against these pathological hallmarks of aging.

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