Naturally Young: Anti-Aging Foods and Herbs

Look and feel your best at every age with rejuvenating foods and herbs.

| January/February 2013

  • Anti-aging foods and herbs can help you look and feel naturally young at any age.
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Aging is a fact of life, but succumbing to age-related ailments doesn’t have to be. Offering a bevy of antioxidants to ward off disease, nutrients to fight stiffness, and compounds to keep us sharp and energetic, the plant kingdom is brimming with solutions to conditions that can plague us as we age. In this article, we share five of our favorite anti-aging foods and herbs for staying naturally young, plus recipes that make them fun and delicious to use.

Food and Beauty Anti-Aging Recipes

Caribbean Rice recipe
Lemon-Ginger-Ginseng Tea recipe
Ginseng-Chocolate Chai recipe
Vita-Carrot Anti-Aging Mask
Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad recipe
Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Anti-Aging Foods: Turmeric

On many herbalists’ lists of the most important herbs for health, turmeric is one of nature’s most effective anti-inflammatories, making it adept at fighting age-related diseases from arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease. Thousands of studies confirm turmeric’s ability to protect the liver, reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, inhibits the growth of cancer cells in laboratory studies and slows the spread of some cancers in animal studies, according to the American Cancer Society. Studies also suggest curcumin may improve heart health. In a study conducted at Ohio State University, researchers found curcumin helped reduce levels of triglycerides (circulating fats linked with heart disease) and increased levels of nitric oxide, which can help lower blood pressure.

Turmeric may also protect our brains from Alzheimer’s disease. In a clinical trial published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, researchers found a 30 percent reduction in the size of Alzheimer’s-associated brain plaque in treated mice within just one week.

Turmeric is also particularly effective at treating joint conditions such as arthritis. In a recent Italian study, patients with osteoarthritis experienced a 58 percent decrease in overall pain and stiffness as compared with a control group, and were able to reduce reliance on standard painkillers by 63 percent, reports the American Botanical Council.

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