Increasing health span and life span in healthy aging products – education session

Healthy aging continues to be a big piece of the nutritional supplement pie. Watch this education session from SupplySide East 2023 to learn more.

Todd Runestad, Content Director,

April 25, 2023

3 Min Read
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The Fountain of Youth had its 15 minutes of fame, but it turns out people don’t really want to live forever, but they do want to live healthy and vibrant lives for as long as possible. Throughout this session, experts talked about the need for a greater understanding of how dietary measures can turn gene expression on and off. They also discussed how new technologies and nutrient discoveries will make for fast-acting and long-lasting nutritional solutions for consumers. Supplement formulators, marketers and business executives can all benefit from watching this hour-long session. 

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Each of the session experts took on a different aspect of healthy aging. Moderator and long-time nutritional supplement editor Todd Runestad discussed the state of the market, including supplements such as reservatrol, telomeres, NAD+, NMN, alpha-ketoglutarate, omega-3 DHA, plus other nutrients that support aging joints and eyes. Runestad even provided a list of exhibiting suppliers for those capitlalizing on being present at SupplySide East. 

Christopher Shade, Ph.D., took on explaining the Longevity Wheel as a means of defining and unlocking metrics to age optimization. He brought a master's class that dug deep into the biochemical and epigenetic underpinnings of the aging process—and how nutrients can help. 

Finally, Ellen Schutt discussed the vital role omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA play in a range of aging metrics. She described them as the ultimate Swiss Army Knife ingredient that can help support aging throughout life and in a wide swath of specific health concerns. 


Todd Runestad
Content Director, Natural Products Insider. Todd has been working in the natural products industry for 25 years, writing, editing and speaking on nutrition science news, raw material ingredient R&D and commercialization, and new product innovations primarily (but not exclusively) in the dietary supplements business. 


Christopher Shade, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO, Quicksilver Scientific
Christopher Shade, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Quicksilver Scientific, continues to be the driving force of development and innovation. Dr. Shade’s vast depth and breadth of knowledge, passion for healing, and intuitive understanding of chemistry and biology are reflected in Quicksilver Scientific’s well-designed detoxification protocols, unique supplement delivery systems, and patented mercury speciation test. Dr. Shade is a recognized expert on mercury and liposomal delivery systems. He has lectured and trained doctors in the U.S. and internationally on the subject of mercury, heavy metals, and the human detoxification system. Dr. Shade's current focus is on the development of cutting-edge, lipid-based delivery systems for nutraceuticals, such as liposomes and micro-emulsion systems, to address the growing need of high quality, affordable detoxification solutions.

Ellen Schutt
Managing Director, GOED
Ellen Schutt is the Managing Director of GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s. Ellen has been with the company for 11 years and oversees all aspects of the organization’s mission to increase consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3s as well as to protect the category by ensuring GOED members are manufacturing quality products that consumers can trust.
Ellen previously directed GOED’s communications strategy for industry and consumers and was instrumental in organizing a successful consumer education campaign in 2015.
With 20+ years of experience in the natural products industry, Ellen is the former editor of Nutraceuticals World magazine, an industry trade publication, and owner of Schutt Solutions, a consulting business focused on supporting growth in the dietary supplement industry.

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About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

Connect with me here on LinkedIn.


Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.


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