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March 12, 2011

Up and Coming Anti Aging Herbal Remedies

Anti Aging Herbal Remedies and CurcuminAnti Aging Herbal Remedies

What are the up and coming anti aging herbal remedies? First, the use of herbs for medicinal purposes dates back over 5,000 years.  Approximately 80% of the world’s population uses herbal medicines for some of their primary care needs, and over 7,000 patented medications are derived from plants.

Two culprits that accelerate aging are inflammation and oxidative wear and tear produced by free radicals.  Herbs can curb the effects of inflammation and oxidation on the aging process while preventing diseases. Let’s take a look at a four of the up and coming anti aging herbal remedies for which there is increasingly good scientific evidence.

Anti aging herbal treatments include curcumin, resveratrol, pomegranate, and green tea.

Curcumin

Curcumin comes from the Indian spice tumeric and is a rising star in the fight against cancer.  Over 200 studies on curcumin alone have been published in the past year.  Curcumin is unique in that it seems to fight cancer through at least 10 mechanisms.  It blocks the inflammation that can lead to cancer as well result from cancer.  Curcumin prevents cancers from spreading and makes cancers more susceptible to antic-cancer drugs.

Curcumin seems to be particularly effective against cervical and prostate cancer as well as cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.  Curcumin also blocks the growth of H. pylori, which causes peptic ulcers.

Resveratrol

One proven way to increase life span is through calorie restriction.  Resveratrol found in the skin of grapes provides health benefits that mimic those seen from calorie restriction.  These benefits are the result of stimulation of sirtuin genes that are found in all life forms and include more efficient energy production, enhanced insulin sensitivity, and lower blood sugar.

Resveratrol also has potent antioxidant properties and is being studied as a treatment for many diseases. Please see related article “Reseveratrol Anti Aging“.

Pomegranate

Some believe that pomegranate was the actual forbidden fruit eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  Pomegranate looks promising in prevent atherosclerosis through several mechanisms as well as in the fight against cancer.

Pomegranate facilitates nitric oxide production.  Nitric oxide is vital for optimal function of the endothelium or inner lining of the blood vessels and a study from Israel showed pomegranate to reduce existing plaque formation within blood vessels..  Pomegranate is also an antioxidant and slows down the oxidation of LDL or bad cholesterol, thereby reducing plaque buildup.

In laboratory studies pomegranate slowed the progression of prostate cancer and may reduce the risk of colon, lung, and breast cancers.

Green Tea

Green teas has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Studies do show that green tea has anticancer effects for cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, lung, and many types of breast cancers.  Green tea in mouthwash inhibits bacteria that causes dental caries and has been shown to reduce plaque.

Metabolism is positively affected by green tea, and green tea enhances burning of calories from fat.  Green tea contains caffeine, which probably contributes to some of its metabolic effects.

There are other herbs out there, but these are 4 major anti aging herbal remedies today.

See related article

Green Tea and Weight Loss

Block Arthritis Inflammation With Curcumin

Resveratrol and Cancer

 

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Dr. Joe Jacko


Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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