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Today’s Health Upgrade
Are longevity drugs on the way?
Most supplement companies spend a lot of money making big promises (that mostly deliver bigger disappointment). We prefer getting most nutritional needs from food, but we still appreciate when some benefits are tough to achieve through diet alone. We’ve shared that we’re big fans of creatine because of the mountain of research supporting cognitive and physical improvements. Now, there’s another ingredient that has caught our eye.
Nitrates — commonly found in beetroot juice (or, less concentrated amounts in beets) — might give you the recovery boost you’ve been looking for.
Research suggests that beetroot (which increases nitric oxide in your body), which promotes blood flow and oxygen to your muscles, both of which improve recovery.
Keep in mind that great recovery starts by managing your workouts, sleep, and nutrition. Those are your top priorities. But if you check those boxes and still feel you could bounce back better, beetroot might be worth the experiment.
The key seeing benefit is using at the right time and for the appropriate type of exercise. Taking beetroot before your workouts appears to give the most benefit (rather than after), and anaerobic workouts (like weight training) have shown the best results. In research with longer workouts or cardio (like marathons), the improvements weren’t as impressive or non-existent.
Can A Drug Treat Aging?
Anti-aging is big business. We’re still in wait-and-see mode over here (rodents aren’t humans, and there have been many premature claims made in the last decade…cough cough resveratrol), but the research is worth keeping an eye on the future.
This article explores how some scientists are approaching aging.
Our take: there are many things you can do right that will boost longevity, so there’s no need to wait for a pill. Research suggests that exercise, social connection, stressing less, sleeping, and eating well can add up to a decade (or more) to your life. Do those first, and not only may you not need a pill, but your life will also likely be more fulfilling and enjoyable.
Arnold's Weekend Challenge: The Other 1%
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