Tuesday, May 23, 2017

21 Anti-Aging Herbs and Nutrients


If you would like to look and feel younger, there are some herbs and nutrients that just may help you do that.

1. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): ALA is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your body from free radical damage. It also helps to recycle other antioxidants like vitamins E and C, giving you greater protection against free radicals. Free radicals are to blame for aging and disease, including skin damage and wrinkling.

2. Bilberry: Packed with antioxidants, bilberry is potent medicine against many age-related concerns. It is helpful to preserve vision and prevent degenerative eye diseases.

3. GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid): Declining levels of HGH are linked with many of the symptoms linked with aging: fat gain, muscle loss, loss of energy, poor sleep, skin changes, bone density loss, and a decline in libido. Supplementing with GABA, a natural amino acid helps to maintain levels of HGH naturally, lessening these unwanted symptoms. Avoid GABA if you are prone to seizures.

4. Garlic (Allium sativum): Garlic is renowned for its potent effects on viruses and bacteria, but it also reduces cholesterol levels and helps lower blood pressure. In one Japanese study, garlic slowed age-related memory loss in animals.

5. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba): There is solid scientific research that supports the use of ginkgo to increase blood flow to the brain, one of the areas that is commonly affected by aging. European research shows ginkgo’s capacity to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to become more sociable and alert. You can take 60 to 240 mg of standardized ginkgo extract per day.

6. Ginseng (Panax ginseng): Among the Chinese, ginseng is considered the Fountain of Youth. According to renowned herbalist Dr. James Duke, it tones the skin and muscles, improves appetite and digestion, and restores sexual energy.

7. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica): Frequently used in India to improve memory and extend longevity, gotu kola is excellent when made into an herbal tea.

8. Horsetail (Equisetum arvense): Loaded with the mineral silicon that often declines with age, horsetail plays a role in increasing the silicon in arteries, skin, bones, cartilage and connective tissues. Horsetail is also available as a tea.

9. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum): Since the liver has more than five hundred functions, including processing and filtering medications and environmental toxins, it can suffer from the stresses of the modern world. Silymarin, an active ingredient in milk thistle stimulates liver cell regeneration to help the liver rebuild after it has been damaged. A standardized extract of 140 mg of silymarin per day is suitable to help protect and repair the liver.

10. Peppermint (Metha peperita): In addition to helping with digestion and gastrointestinal problems linked with aging, peppermint contains antioxidants that help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other age-related disorders. It is readily available as an herbal tea.

11. Turmeric (curcuma longa): Turmeric is powerful against many types of pain and inflammation associated with aging. A spice, commonly used in Indian curries, you can add it to your soups, stews, and curries to benefit from this valuable spice.

12. Frankincense: This herb is often used to fight arthritis. Components of this herbaceous plant are frequently used in numerous anti-aging formulas.

13. Rosemary: The rosemary herb contains numerous active compounds that have displayed powerful anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, and tyrosinase-restraining properties. One such compound, carnosic acid, is potentially neuroprotective. What this means is that it protects the brain cells from free radical damage, which is often seen in things like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

14. Licorice Root: This herbaceous plant includes anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties. Additionally, it has been proven to guard your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays. Licorice’s active pharmaceutical ingredients contain glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhetinic acid, liquiritins, and more.

15. Neem: This herbaceous plant is highly valued for the way it can restrain bugs and bacteria. Seen to possess hypoglycemic, anti-malarial, and wound-healing properties, neem is also established to have strong free-radical inhibiting and anti oxidant properties.

16. Fenugreek: this is a common kitchen herb. This herb contains vitamin B3 that is instrumental in recovering damaged skin cells. In addition, it contains niacin, which helps in lightening ageing spots and reducing wrinkles that form on the corner of the eyes and lips.

17. Aloe Vera: it is among the most effective herbs for the skin. It is a natural remedy that deals with acne and pimples. Furthermore, it reduces skin wrinkles and increases the youthfulness of the skin. In addition, it improves the elasticity of the skin. 

18. Mullein: it is a herb that is quite beneficial in skin care. It plays a major role in tightening the skin. It acts by increasing circulation within the skin. It also prevents stretch marks and treats scars that occur on the skin. Mullein is considered to be a natural wrinkle fighter since it contains minerals and important vitamins.

19. Witch hazel: it is an effective skin tightening herb that contains some of the most powerful antioxidant properties. This alcohol free witch hazel with aloe vera helps in promoting healing properties as well as reducing skin wrinkles. In the end, it acts by enhancing the quality of the skin glow.

20. Thyme and basil: are well known for helping with skin issues. If you are trying to deal with wrinkles, skin sagging or age spots these two anti aging herbs may be of immense benefit to you.

21. Vitamin D: vitamin D helps protect against bone loss linked with aging, as well as many chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Staying free of these diseases can certainly help you live a longer, healthier life.


Also read: 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Traffic pollution linked to DNA damage - children are more vulnerable


Children and teenagers exposed to high levels of traffic pollution were found to show signs of premature aging, according to new study. 

Researchers in California also found youngsters with asthma had higher levels of a pollutant caused by motor vehicle exhaust. Those with higher levels had a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening - the main cause of age-related break down of our cells.

Telomeres are vital to our health - they can be described as the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.

'Children may be especially vulnerable to the effects of telomeric DNA damage due to their physical development as well as developing immune system,' wrote Dr John Balmes from the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues who carried out the study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

We already know how harmful outdoor air pollution is - it is responsible for about 3.7 million deaths a year according to the World Health Organization. 

Many previous studies have demonstrated that exposure is associated with heart and lung diseases - such as asthma, lung cancer, ischemic heart disease, and stroke. Despite this mounting evidence, the exact underlying mechanisms by which air pollutants cause this is not clear, the authors note. The new preliminary study suggests telomeres may be the key to understanding how pollution exposure leads to adverse health outcomes. 

The study analyzed 14 children and adolescents living in Fresno, California - the second-most polluted city in the US.

The researchers assessed the relationship between an 'ubiquitous' motor vehicle exhaust air pollutant called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and shortening of telomeres.

As the exposure to PAHs increased, telomere length decreased. Children and teenagers with asthma were exposed to higher PAH levels than those without asthma.

The relationship between PAH level and telomere shortening remained significant after adjustments for asthma and other factors (age, sex, and race/ethnicity) weer made. 

Previous studies suggest that telomere length is linked to progression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

It also suggests that children may have 'different telomere shortening regulation than adults' - which might make them more vulnerable to the damaging effects of air pollution.  

The authors wrote, 'Our results suggest that telomere length may have potential for use as a biomarker of DNA damage due to environmental exposures and/or chronic inflammation.

'Greater knowledge of the impact of air pollution at the molecular level is necessary to design effective interventions and policies.' 

Telomeres are shortened as we age, but telomeres can also be shortened by stress, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and a poor diet, previous research has shown. 



Also read: 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Just 30 minutes of jogging a day could add 9 YEARS to your lifespan


Just 30 minutes of jogging a day for five days a week could extend your lifespan by up to 10 years, a new study claims.

New research shows that those who exercise regularly can slow down the aging of cells.

The workouts have to be high intensity for the effect to be strong enough, researchers say.

Experts at Brigham Young University determined there was a difference of nine and seven years at a cellular level between those who did intense workouts on a regular basis compared to those who did moderate exercises.

Women, they found, need to jog for up to 30 minutes a day for five days a week in order to slow down cell aging. For men, it's 40 minutes.

It could even stave off the onset of wrinkles and graying hair. 

For young people, cells throughout the body are strong which translates into smooth and firm skin, shiny, full hair and lots of energy.

As the years pass, the strength of cells diminishes and they suffer breakage. Outwardly this is shown through wrinkles, grey hair and visible veins.  

Exercise science professor Larry Tucker said: 'Just because you're 40, doesn't mean you're 40 years old biologically.

'We all know people that seem younger than their actual age. The more physically active we are, the less biological aging takes place in our bodies.'

The research found those who trained in high volumes compared to those who didn't or those who exercised less frequently had much longer telomeres, which are the protein endcaps of chromosomes.

The length of telomeres have a strong correlation with a person's age and over time the endcaps get shorter and shorter.

The longer the telomeres, the more they protect DNA from 'fraying' and succumbing to disease. And the longer the telomeres, means for looking and feeling more youthful.  

Telomeres serve as a guide as what causes aging and how much cells can renew. Cell renewal keeps tissues young and healthy.

For some, exercise may not work to slow down the hands of time.

Researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles claimed that some people are destined to die earlier, no matter their levels of physical activity or their lifestyle. 

Through the study, they found five percent of people are genetically programmed to age faster and die younger than others. 

Race may be another component on how cells age. 

Latinos age slower than any other ethnicity according to researchers at UCLA.

They claim the group is unequivocally healthier due to cells taking much longer to age.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Latinos in the United States live an average of three years longer than Caucasians, with a life expectancy of 82 versus 79. 

Physical activity has been linked to several other benefits which could increase lifespans.

Tucker said: 'We know that regular physical activity helps to reduce mortality and prolong life, and now we know part of that advantage may be due to the preservation of telomeres.'

Exercise has been found to ward off obesity and limit the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

Despite the benefits of working out, statistics on regular physical activity in the nation are bleak; only about 20 percent of Americans get enough exercise and about 64 percent never do any physical activity at all. 



Also read: