The great significance of herbs and herbal products has been recognized by the whole word. Scientists and researchers are gradually considering the herbal products as supplements or substitutes for modern chemical medicines. Publics confidence for botanical products are growing day by day. This article will discuss about some anti-aging dietary treatments based on plant ingredients and their modified compounds.
In western countries, applications of herbal products used as supplements or substitutes for medicines are developing quickly. More and More countries believe herbs can bring benefits for public medical health care so that they are intending to adjust the import restriction on many specific herbal and botanical products.
An Indian ancient codex named Charak Samhita (900 B.C.) introduces 10 anti-aging medicines. 7 of them are herbs which modern science have proved their antioxidative abilities to clear free radicals. A free radical is any atom or molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell. For most biological structures, free radical damage is closely associated with oxidative damage. Antioxidants are reducing agents, and limit oxidative damage to biological structures by passivating them from free radicals. Aging is a complex process, which may include physiological changes of skins, bones, cardiovessels, emotion, cognition, connective tissues.
Anti-aging Herbal Extracts
1. Aloe Gel
Aloe gel derives from leaves of Aloe, constituted by anthracenones. It is extensively used in cosmetics, because it has great effects of supplying water to skin and activating skin cell. Leaves of Aloe help with cell-reparation, as well as, absorption and digestion of food, vitamin, mineral substance and other important nutrition.
2. Tinospora cordifolia
Tinospora cordifolia Extract is a kind of traditional medicine in Indian medical treatment. It is from dried root of Withania somnifera. Tinospora cordifolia Extract product contains leaves and stalk base, usually called Ashwagandha. It has properties of anti-infection, anti-cancer, antioxidation, energy-recovery and anti-aging. The extract mainly consists of flavone compounds and withanolide, which are natural antioxidants. It is reported that it also has functions of fighting fatigue and enhancing cognitive ability due to its choline-like and gama-aminobutyric acid like activities.
3. Centella asiatica
Centella asiatica, commonly centella is a small, herbaceous, annual plant of the family Mackinlayaceae or subfamily Mackinlayoideae of family Apiaceae, and is native to India, Sri Lanka, northern Australia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, and other parts of Asia. It is used as a medicinal herb in Ayurvedic medicine, traditional African medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. Botanical synonyms include Hydrocotyle asiatica L. and Trisanthus cochinchinensis Lour.. It has many kinds of alkaloid and saponin and is famous as a nutrient for cranial nerve. So it is used for treating cognitive obstacle, helping better protein activity and synthesis, effecting cognitive ability, memory capability and fighting against aging.
4. Catclaw Acacia
Acacia greggii is a species of Acacia native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, from the extreme south of Utah. Common names include Catclaw Acacia, Gregg’s Catclaw, Devil’s Claw and Paradise Flower; these names mostly come from the fact that the tree has numerous hooked prickles with the shape and size of a cat’s claw, that tend to hook onto passers-by.
The bark of Catclaw Acacia can improve immunity, prevent from cold, bacterial infection, cancer and arthritis and lower blood pressure.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. While Cinnamomum verum is sometimes considered to be ‘true cinnamon’, most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from related species, which are also referred to as ‘cassia’ to distinguish them from ‘true cinnamon’.
Its rich in cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon has capacity for controlling blood sugar, relieving inflammation and inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi. Its smell effectively helps improving memory, vision and study ability.
Next time, I will introduce you to other popular health-beneficial herbal extracts.