Research has uncovered remarkable youth-restoring foods and herbs that decrease the effects of aging on the body and mind.
In the rolling countryside of Southern France lived a woman named Jeanne Louise Calment. Louise lived to be an astonishing 122 years old. Even more astounding, even at the end of her days, she was bright, active, and remarkably energetic.
But what were the secrets to her astounding longevity?
Scientists have identified a selection of stunningly powerful anti-aging foods and herbs.
Why is cancer and heart disease far less prevalent in China? Why do the Japanese have less problems with their cholesterol levels than we do?
Why do the Greeks have one of the lowest heart disease rates in the world? Even though they get up to 40% of their calories from fat!
What's more, is that you'll find similar healthy populations all over the Mediterranean - including France, Italy and Crete.
This is where knowing which foods to eat, and which herbs to take, is crucial.
The traditional Mediterranean diet may be high in fat, but it is mostly unsaturated fats, for example, from Olive Oil.
The saturated fats raise LDL cholesterol, " the bad type of cholesterol ", but the unsaturated fats don't.
When you eat the right diet and take the correct herbs, you'll feel lighter, more energetic and more alert. You will begin to lose weight and reach your healthy weight. Health issues will begin correcting themselves. Your immune system will get stronger and better shield you against diseases.
There are a number of herbs which are highly prized and renowned for their anti-aging and longevity promoting effects. Science has extensively verified that these complex plant medicines have the ability to prolong the duration and quality of life.
Many of these anti-aging herbs are adaptogens and tonics. They normalize metabolic, hormonal and neurological systems and stimulating cellular regeneration. Others have more focused effects on different body systems, like the brain, heart, circulatory system or immunity, and protecting against the effects of stress.
Let's look at the brain and the circulatory system, as examples. With all its complexity and subtlety, the brain is highly sensitive to toxic impacts over time. Free radicals add to this problem. Then, as circulation becomes diminished, the brain receives less vital nutrients and antioxidants.
Specific herbs are known to enhance the levels of neurotransmitters, particularly acetylcholine, and improve bloodflow to the brain, thereby increasing its oxygen and nutrient supply. And even more than this, such herbs augment the metabolism, detoxification and healthy functioning of brain cells. As free radical fighters, they can neutralize damaging toxins, as well as help and reduce arteriosclerosis.
Herbs for circulatory system help both the arterial system, leading from the heart to all the tissues and organs, and the venous system, which returns to the heart. Narrowing of the arteries can be very painful, as the tissues become starved for oxygen. Prevention of damage to the elastic tissue in the arterioles and veins is ideal.
Specific herbs, with their antioxidants, help stimulate circulation through the small arteries, veins and capillaries. They also act to protect and heal the vessel linings and valves, with their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Additionally, a variety of herbs can be alternated over time to obtain maximum full spectrum results. Be sure to consult with your doctor / health care provider first, before taking any herbal supplements.How to Stay Young? Anti-Aging and the Importance of Herbs
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Raymond Entwistle is an herbal researcher and author of "Stay Young Now and Forever!"