Aging is a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to dramatically affect the way you look. Incorporating a number of key herbs into your organic diet can assist in reducing or even completely removing many of the negative effects that go along with aging. Below, I detail my top 5 herbs for anti-aging benefits.
While some people would prefer to shell out thousands to have a surgeon cut, pull, and stitch their way to a younger-looking appearance, most of us are happy with the less invasive (and, often, more effective) approach. These herbs can not only help keep your skin vibrant and healthy, they can keep your brain and body functioning at a more youthful level as well.
The two most common forms of ginseng we see here in the west are American ginseng and Asian ginseng. Both are known adaptogens, meaning they adapt to what the body needs, helping to regulate or normalize health and wellness. Just a few of the possible benefits of this root are stress reduction, increased stamina, and improved mental and physical performance.
Bilberries are small blue berries that are rich in antioxidants. According to research, these berries may prevent the early signs of aging, including wrinkles and scars. They also reportedly promote healthy vision and eyes, reducing the occurrence of macular degeneration and cataracts.
3. Gotu Kola
This plant is native to India, China, South Africa, and Indonesia where it is said to have been used for thousands of years. Often drank as a tea, gotu kola reportedly can assist in wound healing, mental clarity, and varicose veins. Some reports even say it may assist in aiding memory and be a therapy for senility.
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.
5. Vitamin D
Though technically not an herb, vitamin D has numerous anti-aging benefits, according to scientists. While too much sun could be responsible for premature aging, proper sun exposure and adequate vitamin D is said to prolong cell life and reduce the signs of biological aging.
6. Bonus! Supplements to Consider
Nutritional supplements are a great way to fill the gaps and boost your nutritional intake. There are two I’d recommend you check out for yourself. The first are digestive and systemic enzymes; these can truly be a great help in fighting aging. So many of us run out of enzymes by the time we are 28 years old that supplementing is the best way to get ahead. I personally take 4 capsules of Veganzyme 3x daily between meals a couple times a week. This yields tremendous anti-aging benefits.
The second supplement I’d recommend is an antioxidant formula. The effects of aging are essentially the effects of oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Although there’s no way to pause the clock, antioxidants are the potent little defenders that help neutralize free radicals and minimize the damage they cause. Cell Fuzion™ is a premium, ultra-high potency antioxidant blend that is unrivaled.
Treat your body right and it will treat you right in return. By including helpful herbs in your daily lifestyle, you can encourage a vibrant and long life.
- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM