Hillary Swank’s recent comments about her vitamin supplements have people frantically searching for the Oz Garcia Longevity Pak. Oz Garcia is a PhD, author and nutritional advisor. He has recently taken the place of other famous health experts as the “Nutritionist to the Stars”. In his book “Look and Feel Fabulous Forever”, he talks about how to avoid the symptoms of aging, increase your lifespan and your overall health.
Many nutritionists and health care experts agree that eating right and taking the right dietary supplements are extremely important for people that want to look and feel great throughout their lives (and who doesn’t?). They do not always agree about what to eat or what supplements are the most important.
The Oz Garcia Longevity Pak, also known as the “anti-aging” package, contains six unique supplements recommended by Oz to slow and possibly counteract the aging process. The supplements found in the pack include hormone precursors, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, a kola nut derivative for energy, extracts from a few Chinese herbs and other botanicals.
The most unique ingredient is a “new and improved” form of DHEA, most commonly sold for increased strength and muscle enhancement. Basically, everything in the pack is designed to improve or increase hormone production in a natural way.
The theory is that the decreased hormone production that normally accompanies the aging process is the cause of everything from wrinkles and graying hair to vascular disorders including some types of heart disease and erectile dysfunction. Until recently, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was a popular anti-aging therapy recommended by the medical community for women at or near the age of menopause and for men suffering from a variety of age related complaints.
But, the latest research indicates that health risks are associated with hormone replacement therapy. So, HRT is “out” and natural hormone boosters are “in”, so to speak.
There are literally thousands of products on the market that are touted as anti-aging supplements. Whether Oz’s is any better than the others is difficult to say. These types of supplements are expensive. They are inappropriate for some people, can interact with prescription medications and can aggravate some existing health problems.
As with any health supplement, people should consult their physician or personal nutritionist before they begin taking them.