Top 5 anti-aging herbs
Aging is an inevitable process. And if you have lived a hard life I am sure you are sick of looking older than you are. I use to be one of those careless guys when it came to appearance and remedies to look younger. Until many years of serving in the army and 70 hours work weeks, I finally was sick of looking in the mirror and seeing a tired and aging face. The fact that it’s natural, however, is not an excuse to look old while you’re still in the prime of your life. I forced myself to fight the aging process effectively which required adopting certain habits and adding a few herbs to my nutritional arsenal. Here I bring you the top herbs that will help you battle the aging process and keep your body, skin and hair in peak condition.
Red Korean Ginseng
- Ginseng has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries to treat inflammation, infections, wounds, chronic fatigue, type II diabetes and sexual dysfunction. Now there’s evidence that Korean red ginseng (Panax ginseng) might have anti-aging effects as well.
The active ingredients in ginseng, called ginsenosides or panaxosides, are steroid gycosides. Korean red ginseng has more than 30 different ginsenosides. It also has salicylic acid (which is in aspirin), caffeic acid (in coffee) and vitamins A, B1, B2, B12, C and E.
A study showed that ginseng might delay aging by working as an anti-oxidant. Oxidative stress is believed to be a major cause of aging. Normal metabolism in the cell and pollutants from the environment can cause a buildup of free radicals in the cell. These free radicals can damage cell membranes and DNA. Naturally occurring antioxidants – enzymes and vitamins – mop up the free radicals to prevent this process. But as we age, we have more free radicals and fewer antioxidants in our cells. It isn’t clear whether this is a cause or a sequela of aging. This study compared levels of antioxidants and amount of cellular and organ damage in young rats, old rats fed a normal diet, and old rats supplemented with ginseng extract for 120 days. The ginseng-treated rats ate the same amount and had the same weight gain as untreated rats. The old untreated rats had more lipid peroxidation (oxidative damage to fats in the cell membrane) than young rats. They also had increased metabolic markers of the liver (AST and ALT) and kidney (BUN and creatinine) disease. And they only had roughly half the level of antioxidants as young rats. Ginseng almost completely prevented the age-related increase in lipid peroxidation in the liver, kidneys, hearts and lungs of old rats. Ginseng also significantly lowered the markers of liver and kidney disease. And ginseng supplemented rats had almost the same level of antioxidants in their liver, kidney, heart and lung tissue as young rats.
Ginseng is one of the most researched herbs to date and the most commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. Making it hard to ignore the amazing benefits of this herb. To learn more about this herb check out this page and learn from the experts (link).
The ginger family
Ginger is a very versatile anti-aging herb that’s been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Ginger is commonly discussed on this website as a great libido booster. This anti-aging herb is a good source of many nutrients, including potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and vitamin B6; however, the majority of its benefits for anti-aging nutrition come from its special phytonutrients called gingerols.
Ginger extracts have been shown to have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells. Studies have shown that Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells, suggests research presented at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, a major meeting of cancer experts in 2003.
The herb is a new anti-aging medicine discovered in recent years. It produces outstanding results in nourishing vitality, reducing excess heat, detoxifying the body, calming the mind and improving mental agility. Its toning functions are similar to those of ginseng. Regular use can protect the body from chills and fatigue, slow the growth of cancerous cells. Rhodiola is also a great libido boosting ingredient.
This vibrant yellow spice commonly seen in curry has a wealth of benefits. Among them, experts say, is the ability to potentially ward off irritation that causes degenerative disease. Turmeric may also reduce oxidative stress. This means it could protect tissues from damage and could be beneficial at preventing wrinkles, scars, and other visible signs of aging. Turmeric is now even available in an anti-aging cream formula.
Cayenne Pepper is great for the circulatory system. It feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries so that these regain elasticity.
It also lowers blood pressure. It helps heal stomach and intestinal ulcers. It warms the body and also aids in digestion. For those that don’t know Cayenne pepper is also great to increase libido. For more information check out my post (Cayenne and Ginger for harder erections).
Before you pick up an overpriced anti-aging cream filled with harmful chemicals think about using some natural remedies instead. These herbs if taken regularly can help and delay the aging process. Knowing the nutritional properties of these herbs can be very beneficial for all those guys out there that have stressful jobs and tend to neglect their health.