The key to healthy aging is hidden in your body

Some folks hit the age of 80 feeling ready for another 80 years – and they’re not about to let anything slow them down.

Physically AND mentally, they seem like they could run circles around folks half their age.

Even I have a hard time keeping up with some of these super seniors!

But not everyone’s so lucky.

Other folks reach the age of 80 feeling every bit their age and then some. They’ve slowed to a crawl physically and mentally, left wondering just what in the heck hit them.

We all want to be in that first group, and the latest research shows how to get there. In fact, it’s a lot easier than you might think, because it all comes down to an often overlooked part of your body: your arteries.

The cleaner your arteries, the more likely you’ll make it into your eighth or ninth decade with a healthy heart and a sound mind, according to the study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

On the other hand, letting calcium deposits gum up the works will do just the opposite, setting the stage for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and even dementia.

This isn’t exactly a big new discovery. We know backed-up arteries will do to your body what clogged-up pipes will do to your bathroom.

What makes the new study so important is that it shows the night-and-day difference clear arteries can make when it comes to keeping a sharp mind.

Once you hit 80, your dementia risk jumps no matter what you do, with half of all folks who reach that age eventually developing the condition over the following years.

But if you keep your arteries clear of calcium, you can slash your risk of being one of them.

Not only will you lower the odds of getting the disease, but you can delay the onset by two full years if it does eventually develop.

That’s two more years of being able to take care of yourself… two more years of independence… and two more years to spend with your loved ones free of the fog of cognitive decline.

Now, it’s one thing to know all this, but it’s quite another to do something about it – especially if you’re older and already have some junk building up in your arteries.

Don’t worry; it’s not too late to clean up your act.

HDL cholesterol – the “good” cholesterol – is like a pipe cleaner, sweeping through your arteries and chasing out the junk.

Boost your omega-3 intake and you can boost your HDL levels, giving your arteries the clean sweep they need. And if you really want to up your artery-cleaning game, make sure you get yet another omega: omega-7.

Look for the highly purified form made from deep-sea anchovies.