Every person desires to look young, for which he looks for anti aging medicines and skin creams. But natural anti aging herbs are far more effective and do not have any side effects. Besides reversing the aging process with herbs, other natural therapies like healthy eating, yoga, exercise and meditation can also promote youthful looks and good health and wellness.
Listed below are top 10 anti aging herbs:
1) Amla / Indian Gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis)
One of the best known anti aging herbs is Amla or Indian Gooseberry, which is loaded with Vitamin C, surprisingly 20 times more than orange. High vitamin C content, coupled with a hefty dose of anti oxidants enables this herb to prevent oxidative success and consequently, check premature aging process. Additionally, amla reduces LDL cholesterol, prevents hair fall and graying, purifies blood, reduces cough, improves memory and alleviating constipation.
2) Turmeric / Haldi (Curcuma Longa)
Turmeric is a spice easily available in every kitchen. It contains a potent anti-oxidant called curcumin, which is anti-inflammatory in nature and also neutralizes free radicals, which is the main cause of aging process. Turmeric is used for treating diseases and conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and cancer.
3) Garlic (Allium Sativum)
Garlic is another amazing anti aging herb, which gets its properties from a compound called allicin present in it. Allicin not only brings sown blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, but also boost immunity. All of these factors slow down the aging process.
4) Licorice / Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
Next in the list of top 10 anti aging herbs is licorice, commonly known as mulethi. This herb contains healing compounds named glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhizinic acid, which protect the skin against UV rays. Moreover, licorice is has more properties like being anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and aphrodisiac in nature. It also improves memory and promotes better learning.
5) Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
Another anti aging herb is the bitter healer called neem, which has a long list of properties, such as anti bacterial, anti oxidant, immunity boosting, detoxifying, hypoglycemic and diuretic actions. This herb is full of compounds named flavonoids, amino acids and glycosides, all of which make it an anti aging herb. Neem is used for combating diseases like diabetes, heart disease, ulcers, arthritis and skin problems.
6) Grapes / Draksha (Vitis Vinifera)
Grapes contain anti oxidants like proanthocyanidins (seeds) and resveratrol (skin), which have age-defying properties. They also have vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which prevent the damage by free radicals. Also, grapes have more anti aging properties, as they act as liver cleanser and also prevent diseases like atherosclerosis and inflammation.
7) Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
Another useful herb which prevents premature aging is ashwagandha, which is a powerful rejuvenating herb, providing strength to body and mind and also inducing mental relaxation (adaptogenic herb). The compounds called alkaloids present in this herb, are useful for detoxification of body and reducing inflammation. Ashwagandha is a popular aphrodisiac (stimulates sexual strength) and alleviates diseases of intestines and uterus, cardiovascular diseases and arthritis.
8) Giloy / Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Next aamong the top 10 anti aging herbs is giloy or guduchi, which improves the immune system by increasing white blood cells in the body, and also promotes digestion, memory and longevity. Skin problems, ulcers and diabetes are some conditions which can be treated with this wonderful herb.
9) Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)
We know pomegranate as a fruit, but it is used more like a herb in the conventional as well as alternative medicine system. It has a hefty dose of potent medicinal compounds like ellagic acid, punicalagins and vitamin C, all of which retard the aging process in the body. It also has a detoxifying effect and safeguards against serious diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, digestive diseases, cancer and memory loss.
10) Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris)
Another well known anti aging herb is gokshura, which has a rejuvenating effect on vital organs like kidneys, liver, prostate and reproductive organs. The herb can improve sexual health by increasing testosterone levels in males. It also has the ability to stimulate hormone production in the body.
All these herbs are well known for their anti aging benefits, but they must not be taken without consulting a qualified medical practitioner, as they are like to have side-effects or interfere with some regular medications.