12 Amazing Health Supplements (+1 interesting extra)!

There are many different approaches one can take towards the process of stopping and even reversing the aging process, but the best ways are usually the most efficient and best for your body.

However, there are times when you need to take a more chemical approach for several reasons, one of them being a busy life and schedule.

However here at Health Form, we would always condone eating right, as this is the best thing you will ever do for your general health and skin care.

So in order to help you along, Health Form has compiled a list of 12 of the best health supplements that work.

Also included is a controversial entry that has some touted benefits, but could potentially harm you in the long run.

We will detail each supplement and then give a small pro’s & con’s list describing some of the benefits and downsides of each product.

Please note, this list may contain some supplements that you disagree with such as HGH, but we want to give an overview of each one. If you want to leave a comment, please make sure to keep it cordial and we will answer you back as best we can. However we are not doctors so will never give out any medical advice.

So without further ado…

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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Our bodies produce CoQ10, a substance that’s necessary for cells to function.

It helps produce an important molecule known as adenosine triphosphate, or ATP.

What is ATP and why is it important?

ATP is the fuel that helps power the energy-producing center of the cell known as mitochondria. This is vitally important to our overall health, because properly functioning cells will heal us more quickly.

Imagine a car.

We could have the most well built car in the world, with a fantastic engine, but without the correct fuel, it will not work properly or even blow the engine!

Benefits for aging bodies

As we get older, our body produces less CoQ10, and as a result, our cells don’t function as they should. In fact, those who suffer from chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have lower CoQ10 levels than healthy people .

Researchers believe that taking CoQ10 as a supplement can help prevent heart disease.

It helps prevent blood from clotting, and may act as an antioxidant, which protects our cells against the effects of free radicals that can damage cells and cause heart disease. Moreover, researchers suspect CoQ10 supplements may improve the health of diabetics by managing blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Consumers can buy CoQ10 as a supplement in several forms, including soft gel capsules. There is even an oral rinse that helps treat gum disease. The supplement also comes in hard-shell capsules and tablets.

It is worth noting that our bodies tend to absorb soft gel capsules better than hard capsules.

Cosmetic companies also add CoQ10 to various products as you may have already seen in commercials and product packaging.. The recommended dosage for adults is 30 to 300 mg. daily.

CoQ10 supplements seem to have no side effects except for an occasional upset stomach. However, consult with your physician if you want to take the supplement and are on any other medications.

Positives & Negatives

  • Naturally produced in the body
  • Might help to prevent certain diseases, (when accompanied with a healthy lifestyle)
  • Comes in a variety of different forms
  • Possible antioxidant
  • May lead to an upset stomach if incorrect dosage is used

Aspirin

Take one aspirin and call me in the morning, because there isn’t anything aspirin can’t do…or so it seems.

Recently the FDA has put to bed it recommendation that all healthy individuals should take an aspirin daily and instead say that this daily dosage should only be considered for those with existing medical problems. I.e. It should now be considered as a reactive medicine and not a preventative one. 

See below for more details about this.

Aspirin can help get rid of a headache, relieve minor pain and reduce low-grade fevers. Those with heart conditions are often put on a low-dose aspirin regimen because it helps blood flow, which is important as our bodies age.

Aspirin might also help to avoid colon cancer.

One study suggested that those who took aspirin 16 or more times a month had a 50 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer because the tiny, white wonder drug slows the down development of polyps that could be a tell-tale sign of the disease [source: Mother Nature].

Beware! Aspirin therapy doesn’t work well for everyone and the FDA recently reveres its position on daily use, (see below).

Studies show that men react differently to aspirin than women and taking too much aspirin could lead to some pretty serious issues including:

  • Stomach problems
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Ulcers
  • Tinnitus
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Reye’s syndrome

(source)

FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin

It is important to note that the FDA reversed its position on taking Aspirin as a daily supplement.

The reason that we ave included it in this list, is becuase whilst the FDA doesn't recomend it for healthy indivuiduals, it is still used for those with certain medical conditions.

Please make sure to speak with your doctor if you think you should be taking it daily and they can advise you on the correct course of action.​

Positives & Negatives

  • Great for certain pains and fevers
  • Can be used by people with certain health issues to alleviate them
  • Slows down the development of polyps, a tiny growth that leads to cancer in some instances
  • Once considered a miracle drug, you should now carefully consider its constant usage
  • Overdosing can cause serious health complications

Carnitine

Produced in the liver and kidneys, and stored in the heart, brain, muscles and sperm; carnitine is a nutrient that helps the body turn fat into energy.

Some people take carnitine pills because their bodies, for whatever reason, do not produce enough of the nutrient.

Among its other benefits, several studies suggest that carnitine helps reduce the symptoms of angina, a medical condition in which a lack of blood to the heart causes severe chest pains.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a type of carnitine. It has been touted as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and as an anti-aging supplement because it improves memory function.

Carnitine is also used to help relieve depression related to senility and dementia. Several studies suggest that L-carnitine supplements may increase sperm count in men, too.

The recommended dosage for the supplement varies depending on what ailment is being treated.

Dosage

The usual dose is between 1 to 3 grams per day. Those suffering from heart disease should take between 600 to 1,200 mg three times a day.

According to Web MD, other common dosages include the following:

  • Angina and heart failure: 1.5 to 2 grams per day
  • Peripheral vascular disease: 2 to 4 grams per day
  • Diabetic neuropathy: 3 grams per day
  • Male infertility: 300 to 1,000 mg 3 times daily
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome: 500 to 1,000 mg 3 to 4 times per day

Positives & Negatives

  • Produced naturally in our bodies
  • May increase sperm count in men
  • Can help to reduce the symptoms of depression
  • Anti aging...might help to improve memory as we age
  • Could help those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Need to use in very specific doses for certain health issues

Fish Oil

The key component of fish oil supplements is omega-3, which is a fatty acid, we also recommend fish oil as a supplement in our guide to becoming healthier.

Doctors tout omega-3 as a way to keep your heart healthy. It can also reduce the overall risk of sudden death in patients with coronary heart disease. Some studies also show that fish oil is beneficial in lowering high triglyceride levels, which are fats related to cholesterol.

Some older people use fish oil to stem the effects of glaucoma and macular degeneration. According to scientists, the body does not produce its own omega-3 fatty acids, so eating a lot of fish or taking fish oil supplements is important.

Omega-3 has proven useful in reducing pain and swelling, and for preventing blood from easily clotting.

However, there are some side effects.

Taking too much fish oil can cause the blood to run too thin, increasing the chance of bleeding. High doses might also harm the body’s immune system, reducing a person’s ability to fight disease.

It is worth noting that fish oil could interact with birth control pills, so keep that in mind and as with anything we say in Health Form, make sure to speak with your doctor before starting any kind of supplement routine.

Fish oil comes in soft gel capsules. The recommended dosage is 1 to 4 grams of fish oil a day if you’re fighting high triglyceride levels. Those suffering from high blood pressure should take 4 grams a day.

Those with depression can also benefit from fish oil. Doctors recommend taking 9.6 grams a day in conjunction with anti-depressant medications.

As we have already noted, the food we eat can help tremendously with our mental states.

Positives & Negatives

  • Has a large range of health benefits
  • Don't necessarily need to take supplements, i.e. including more fatty fish in your diet could be just as good
  • Its "good" fat helps our bodies in many ways
  • Can help to reduce "bad" fat
  • Possibility to help with depression when used with other anti depression medication
  • Help with thyroid issues
  • High does can thin the blood and reduce your immune system
  • Might interfere with birth control pills

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the most common and probably most well known antioxidant found in the skin.

Like vitamin E, vitamin C is generally regarded as one of the best all natural vitamins for repairing free radicals and halting them from becoming anything more serious.

They also have the added benefit of slowing the aging process.

Since a lot of our vitamin C stores are found in the skin, it can rapidly deplete thanks to the skin being the largest organ and the one that suffers most from environmental stresses and strains.

For example, smoking, sun exposure, and pollution as well as many others, can really suck it away from our bodies.

Creating a skin cream that carries a useful dose of vitamin C is difficult because it reacts immediately when exposed to oxygen. However several clinical trials examining more stable, effective formulations are currently under way.

Positives & Negatives

  • About as natural as you can get!
  • Fantastic antioxidant
  • Considered one of the best, natural methods to fight free radicals
  • Small benefit in boosting your immune system
  • Easily disappears from your body
  • Mostly found in your skin and destroyed by day to day pollutants
  • Most Vitamin C skincare products overstate the benefits that it produces

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is considered by many experts to be the most important antioxidant due to the protection it provides cell membranes and prevention of damages to the enzymes they work with.

Some great natural sources of essential Vitamin E, includes:

  • Dairy products
  • Grains
  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Certain vegetable oils

Recent studies have suggested that Vitamin E may even help in the deactivation of free radicals, rendering them incapable of damage to bodily cells and functions.

These studies have also shown how vitamin E can benefit the skin when applied directly, reducing the damage caused by solar exposure and reducing the production of cancer causing cells.

For further solar protection, people should consider a daily vitamin E supplement. Only 400mg a day of Vitamin E has been seen to reduce photodamage and improve the texture of skin.

Positives & Negatives

  • Amazing antioxidant as it protects the cell walls from free radicals
  • Found naturally in many different food sources
  • Some studies show that it might even "deactivate" free radicals
  • Helps to reduce the effects of UV when applied topically
  • Can also reduce the damage already caused by UV exposure
  • Overdosing may lead to mild discomfort

Vitamin A

Retinol is the scientific name given to the whole Vitamin A molecule.

When applied topically, is an antioxidant and a healthy cell communicating ingredient. This means that it stimulates the production of healthy skin cells and also opitimizes the production of skin supporting substances.

Retinol has also been found to improve the collagen retention and production capacity and glycosaminoglycan content, which will result in healthy skin, with better protection and improved textures.

While this is not the only ingredient you will want to see in an anti-aging product it is one that is essential to keeping healthy youthful skin throughout one’s life.

You will find this listed as:

  • Rretinyl palmitate
  • Retinol
  • Retinyl aldehyde

In prescription strength products you may see it as retinoic acid —also known as tretinoin.

Positives & Negatives

  • Helps cells to communicate and therefore repair themselves more efficiently
  • Proven to help to keep your skin healthy by retaining its collagen stores
  • Comes in different names and includes prescription strength

​Selenium

Selenium is an important mineral that helps to stave off the onset of cancer, especially melanoma, skin cancer caused by solar exposure to harmful UV rays.

It also allows the skin to retain a youthful bounce by slowing down the tissue’s hardening process that is brought about by oxidation. Good food sources of this mineral include whole grain cereals, eggs, seafood and garlic.

Lack of selenium has some pretty bad effects on your body such as constant fatigue and muscle weakness.

Recent studies have shown that when selenium is applied topically or taken orally in the form, of L-selenomethionine, it provides protection from extreme and every day solar UV exposure.

The same study showed that selenium would prevent the onset of cancer in animal test subjects, studies done on humans are still being processed.

Positives & Negatives

  • Fantastic mineral that has many health benefits
  • You will feel better straight away if you have low amounts in your body
  • Found naturally in certain foods
  • Studies are still being conducted with humans to see its full benefits

​Green Tea Extract

Green Teas have received high acclaim by the medical and nutritional community due to the copious amounts of biological benefits it can provide to preventing untimely aging.

The most important of these findings show how the extract derived from green tea leaves helps to maintain the balance of DNA on a cellular level and maintains the structural integrity of membranes. Decades of research show how effective green tea has been against undesirable cell colonies.

The most active ingredients in Green Tea extracts are powerful antioxidant compounds called polyphenols and flavonoids.

These are responsible for the positive results that have been found from these studies. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most important of the polyphenols.

EGCG is an antioxidant with more than 25-100 times the potency of vitamin C or E. A single cup of green tea can hold as many as 10-40 mg of polyphenols and has the antioxidative effects of more than an equal serving of broccoli, carrots, strawberries or spinach.

You just need to know the different types and how to brew it properly!

Positives & Negatives

  • Easy, natural way to improve your health
  • Full of different compounds that have amazing benefits for your health
  • Huge amounts of scientific research done to prove it efficacy
  • Contains an antioxidant with many, many times the effects of Vitamins C & E
  • Massive variety of types to choose from
  • Delicious way to stay healthy!
  • You need to drink it consistently to get its full effects

Acetyl-L-Carnitine Arginate

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is an amino acid that optimizes fatty acid transport and minimizes the oxidation of the cell and thereby increases mitochondrial energy production.

The many benefits of acetyl-L-Carnitine have been documented since the early 90’s, and Life Extension members have been supplementing with this potent antioxidant and reaping many benefits because of it.

With the recent studies released on the new form, acetyl-L-Carnitine arginate the benefits have been greatly increased.

The growth of Neurites in the brain can be vastly improved with this new patented form of carnitine.

Studies show that proper dosages of acetyl-l-carnitine-arginate can increase the production of neurites as much as 19.5%, that’s more than Nerve Growth Factor.

Acetyl l-carnitine arginate will be activated by the acetyl-L-carnitine to begin improving the production of neurites.

Positives & Negatives

  • Many years of scientific data back up its claims
  • Increases the energy production of the cells resulting in quicker cellular repair
  • Can slow memory loss
  • Increases metabolism
  • May reduce mental fatigue 
  • Overuse may lead to anxiety
  • Can't be used when breastfeeding
  • Doesn't play well with some important medications like warfarin
  • Could cause seizures in people with past history of them

Carnosine

This multifunctional dipeptide is actually the combination of two essential amino acids: L-histidine and beta-alanine, which are found in the human body as well as in food sources.

Cells that live for a long time, like muscle cells (Myocytes) and nerve cells (neurons), contain high levels of carnosine. Levels of Carnosine in the body have been found to decline with age, this is true in the animal kingdom as well as with humans.

Muscle levels decline throughout the lifetime, 63% from the age of ten to the age of 70, which is probably the cause of loss in muscle mass and function that we experience throughout life.

Because carnosine acts to balance pH levels, it can function during periods of high acidity like when engaging in vigorous exercise.

Carnosine can also help the heart, by improving the calcium response throughout the heart myocytes it improves the contracting function (PDF).

The aging process can also cause serious damage to the proteins of the body, the true cause for this has been called glycation.

Glycation can best be described as the cross linking of sugars and proteins to create unusable substances throughout the body. Superficially this is observed in wrinkled skin.

Glycation can also be blamed for many of the malfunctions related to aging, such as vascular, muscular and even ocular problems.

The unique dipeptide carnosine works to interfere with this aging process.

Positives & Negatives

  • Supplementation can top up falling levels resutling from old age
  • Great for those who exercise regularly to level of pH levels
  • Can interfere with the process of glycation...the process that causes visible old age effects
  • Could cause low blood pressure
  • Should use cation when breastfeeding and speak with your doctor first

Lipoic Acid

Another highly potent form of antioxidant is called Lipoic acid and it functions against free radicals of the mitochondria. The mitochondria is the cell’s power producing facility that energizes all cellular activities.

Many scientists are convinced (PDF), that the free radicals within the mitochondria are to blame for many aspects of the aging process.

They have also theorized that with a sufficient application of free radical inhibiting compounds such as lipoic acid, this aging can be greatly reduced.

Lipoic acid is also essential for recycling other antioxidants, vitamin e can be recycled and returned to its original form after being used to detoxify free radicals.

Then there is evidence that lipoic acid can also function to deactivate the glycation process by reversing the damage caused by too much glucose in the blood.

Lipoic acid is made up of two different forms of that have very different qualities.

These are called isomers, the “R” isomer is the biologically active component, which means it is also a native to the body. This is probably a contributor to lipoic acid’s extraordinary antioxidant effects.

Positives & Negatives

  • Protects the "power plant" of the cells
  • Recycles other antioxidants for re use
  • Can reverse damage done to the blood from too much sugar
  • Could be beneficial for weight loss
  • No conclusive scientific evidence to prove its claims
  • Only around 30%-40% is absorbed from supplements
  • May cause skin rash

Human Growth Hormone

Important Note

Health Form does not condone the use of HGH.

We have included it in this list because of its alleged benefits and also because it is used correctly for certain medical conditions.

However there are many better ways to ​get healthy from supplement usage in this list and you must speak to your doctor before even considering it.

This is going to be a bit of controversial entry on this list, partly because HGH has the potential to be incredibly dangerous if used incorrectly and without the prior advice of a professional doctor.

Just to confirm, we DO NOT condone using this supplement unless directed to do so by your doctor and we have included it for educational reference.

What is the Human Growth Hormone?

HGH is made in the body’s pituitary gland, and while it is important for normal growth in children, many books and articles have touted the hormone as a Fountain of Youth that reverses the effects of aging.

That’s because HGH levels decrease naturally the older you get.

There’s only one problem: There’s no scientific evidence to back up the claim that HGH will help stave off the effects of aging.

However and this is a big however, those who use HGH might even be putting their health at risk, so be careful.

Synthetic human growth hormone was developed in 1985 and approved for use in children who had growing problems. Since then, the FDA has approved the drug’s use for adults who have various maladies, including a muscle-wasting disease associated with HIV/AIDS.

In 2007, the Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed the published studies about HGH’s effect on aging. The journal concluded that while there are minimal benefits associated with the hormone, there are potential side effects, such as diabetes, and the formation of breasts in men, so HGH is regulated by the government.

Still, thousands of healthy Americans have received illegal HGH injections each year as an anti-aging drug. Athletes also use HGH as a performance-enhancing drug because of its incredible properties, (this method is usually banned in most professional sports).

How do they get the drug if it is regulated by the government?

Nefarious doctors give their patients illegal HGH injections. People can also buy the synthetic hormone over the Internet and through anti-aging clinics.

If you are considering using this supplement, we would suggest that you speak with your doctor first and see what they say. Remember that your doctor is the professional and if he or she tells you that you don’t need it…you should listen to them!

Positives & Negatives

  • Good for some specific applications
  • Illegal in most professional sports
  • Illegal for general use in some countries
  • Many very dangerous side effects including some nasty diseases
  • Only considered by doctors for specific issues
  • No proven benefits for keeping you young

Summary

I hope you enjoyed our list of 12 amazing health supplements, (and 1 interesting, but dangerous 1!) and ultimately got something from it.

As always, please make sure to consult with your doctor before starting any kind of medication, even something as simple as Vitamin C, because they can tell you if you actually need it or not.

If you think we missed any, make sure to leave a comment below 🙂

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