Problems which particularly concern women as they grow older are (not necessarily in order of importance):
Menopause. Male menopause also has significant effects, but is not as pervasive as for women. Affects your heart, blood vessels, bladder, bones and skin. HRT has a significant increase in the risk for cancer or stroke.
Osteoporosis. This condition is associated with menopause and is worse in women, possibly for hormonal reasons or because their bone structure is generally lighter and less dense.
Wrinkles. These are much more important than for men, possibly because of societal expectations and standards of beauty, wrinkles in a man can add to his “craggy good looks”. The same is not true for a woman.
Cellulite. This seems to be mainly a female problem. Men do not seem to suffer from it to any extent.
Breast Cancer. Whilst this can affect women of any age, there is an increase in incidence with age.
What Can Be Done About These Problems?
Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done about the effects of the menopause – or rather there is, but hormone replacement therapy and other medications carry distinct risks, especially after the age of 60. Even natural remedies containing phytoestrogens either carry similar risks (like saw palmetto, rhodiola rosea and clover blossoms) or, like black cohosh, dong quai and others are relatively ineffective. The choice whether to take the medication is a personal one which should be based on family history and your personal attitude to the symptoms and risks of treatment
Wrinkles can be treated effectively, with supplements like astaxanthin at the forefront. Topical astaxanthin has been shown to smooth our wrinkles very well. Other therapies like red LED light therapy are also excellent.
Cellulite – possibly benefits from omega-3 oil supplementation and deep massage therapy can also help. Otherwise a generally intractable problem which may yield to a holistic approach.
Breast cancer is strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency as well as the menopause, so if you don’t get regular exposure to UVB you need to supplement with vitamin D3, the type of vitamin D found in eggs, cod liver oil, fish and organ meat. If possible, obtaining your vitamin D directly from sunlight is by far the best option.
Apart from these conditions, women are also subject to the shortening of telomeres just like men, and there is a more complete list with “The Best Anti Aging Supplements for Men” which can also be included for women. The most important of them, which should also be included in a list of the best supplements for women, are jiaogalu or Siberian ginseng to fight cortisol directly and whey protein powder to prevent shortening of the telomeres. Meditation, general relaxation and humour is still just as important.
To sum up, read Dr Vincent Giampapa’s book, The Gene Makeover for its many valuable insights. Research into microRNA has confirmed the importance of food in changing our genetic destiny. Another valuable and useful book is The GenoType Diet which has lists of appropriate supplements for each genotype.
The fact that you’re reading this is a good sign – you are taking an active interest in learning how best to help your own body. For a list of good anti-aging supplements for women, this link takes you to the relevant product list on Amazon so you can browse them all and select one that suits your needs.