Are you looking to maintain a youthful appearance but want to keep up a natural skin care regime?
Herbs have been used for their anti-aging benefits across centuries of natural medicine. Herbs can boost your immune system; improve regeneration of your cells, increase blood circulation, and increase organ functions – all of which improve your overall health and can reverse the visible signs of aging.
Here are the best natural herbs and nutrients for anti aging.
Bilberry are closely related to blueberries and are also rich with antioxidants making this berry a potent anti aging medicine. It is also helpful in preserving vision by preventing certain degenerative eye diseases.
Garlic is a powerful anti bacterial and anti viral agent. However a little known fact is that it can help reduce overall cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
In terms of specific anti-aging benefits, raw garlic helps combat wrinkles. It does so because raw garlic contains a compound called allicin. This is produced during the crushing of raw garlic and is touted as powerful antioxidants. Raw garlic is also packed with vitamin C – more than twice that of tomatoes. Vitamin C keeps your skin healthy by supporting collagen production.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng): In Chinese culture, ginseng is called the Fountain of Youth. It’s one of the most popular herbal treatments in the world because of its wealth of benefits. This herb can tone the skin; improve your appetite and digestion. Studies have found that ginseng can improve memory. One study used 52 healthy volunteers aged between 40 – 60 years old. Those in the active group received 200mg of ginseng. They saw an improvement in performance of working memory at the 3 hour mark compared to those in the control group.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba): One of the effects of aging is decreased brain functions. Ginkgo has been scientifically proven to increase blood flow to the brain. Research in Europe has shown that ginkgo improves alertness and social interactions of those with Alzheimer’s disease as well as other types of dementia. You can supplement with 60 – 240 mg ginkgo extract daily.
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense): This herb is rich in the mineral silicon which is used in the body for joint health, as well as skin and strong bones. This mineral tends to decline with age. A horsetail supplement gives the body a store of silicon to use in forming skin, bones, cartilage and other connective tissues.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum): Your liver is a complex organ that have more than five hundred functions. This includes the processing and filtering of toxins out of the blood. Milk thistle contains an active ingredients called Silymarin which stimulates the regeneration of liver cells to keep the organ healthy and functioning. A supplement of 140mg per day will work to protect and repair your liver.
Peppermint (Metha peperita): Peppermint is readily available as a herbal tea. This drink is soothing and aids in digestion and intestinal problems that often arise when we age.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) This is a spice you might commonly think of as a flavoring to add to curries, soups or stews. The turmeric spice comes from the root curcuma long from the ginger family. It has been used for centuries as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that turmeric is a safe way to reduce inflammation and works by inhibiting a number of molecules which cause inflammation. Turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant which works to savage molecules called free radicals. These damage cell membranes and the DNA stored in cells and can even cause cell death.
While you can consume all these herbs and spices as part of a healthy, balanced diet – supplements are the best way to fill gaps in your diet and ensure you receive the best possible benefits.
If you are supplementing with the actual herb – fresh is best however dried herbs will do. A good tip is the more fragrant the herb, the stronger its benefits. Always keep your herbs in an airtight container out of direct sunlight to preserve them.
As always consult a qualified health professional before starting new herbal supplements.