Note: The content of this article must not totally replace regular visits to your doctor or a healthy lifestyle that can both keep your body stronger and help you live longer. Herbs and spices are made for cooking purposes not as alternatives for prescription or over-the -counter drugs.
Do you want to be healthier and look younger at the same time? Look, there’s no such thing as fountain of youth but a healthy lifestyle remains to be the best choice to slow down the natural deterioration of our body systems. Regular exercise, careful selection of the foods we eat and a positive outlook in life are just some of the proven ways to combat the negative effects of aging. But let’s take it; we are all going to age sooner or later and the harmful effects of free radicals, if left uncontrolled, will slowly eat away our chance to have a healthier body and a younger face. However, there are some effective ways to get anti-aging agents, minus the hefty expenses for commercial supplements and cosmetic products.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, a known expert in alternative medicine, recommended herbs and spices like oregano and turmeric in a health article published at Dr. Oz blog. The good news, however, is there are a lot of anti-aging gems left hidden in your kitchen without you knowing it. It’s about time to open your eyes for the 6 anti-aging herbs and spices that will give you and your family more health benefits that you can imagine. Herbs and spices work best if you incorporate them to your everyday meals and for a lasting effect, 1 teaspoon a day of any of the herbs and spices (dried or fresh but freshly prepared herbs are preferred) listed below will already give you the desired effect.
Basil contains natural components that have antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The flavonoids called orientin and vicenin found in basil serves as the antioxidants that protect the body and our skin from the harmful effects of free radicals while special oils and enzymes also found in basil shields our body from inflammation and bacterial infection. Aside from these, basil is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals that can nourish the body and reverse the adverse effects of aging.
Since the early civilization up to this day, use of garlic has been found effective in fighting several enemies of health. It is a natural anticoagulant so it literally makes the life longer for those who are at high risk in having hypertension, stroke and other heart-related maladies. It is also considered effective in fighting infection and arthritis-related pains. Furthermore, garlic also makes sure that our body is always up and running by protecting the integrity of our immune and digestive systems.
Ginger extracts have long been known to provide natural relief from minor diseases like colds, flu and sore throat. But aside from these, ginger can bring beneficial effects that are basically the same as what garlic can do. As a matter of fact, ginger is also an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory (especially for joint pains) and an effective anti-cholesterol agent to prevent atherosclerosis or other heart problems.
Turmeric powder is widely known as the main component of some of the best foods in Indian cuisine. It can turn almost everything yellow but when it comes to health benefits, turmeric is now being hailed as a one-of-a-kind wonder. Research studies done in India have shown that people who regularly use turmeric in cooking their dishes have a lower chance to get cancer or even Alzheimer’s disease later in their lives. This surprising fact is largely attributed to curcumin, the compound that is responsible for the yellow color of turmeric powder. But this is not that surprising because for thousands of years, turmeric has been known as a natural anti-inflammatory agent (especially for arthritis) and also plays a vital role in keeping the liver in its best shape, making sure that fat metabolism is not disrupted.
Oregano has been known in the Philippines and other parts of the world as an effective traditional herb to treat fungal or bacterial infection especially those diseases that involve Candida or yeast infection. In addition to this, oregano, regardless if it’s prepared in powdered form or as fresh leaves, can help us look younger and age gracefully. This is because oregano contains rosmarinic acid, a natural antioxidant that protects our body from free radicals that can bring us several degenerative diseases which can impose additional burden to our health.
Another perfect component for any tea or salad, peppermint contains oil that has perillyl alcohol, a phytonutrient that prevent tumors or cancers from forming in our lungs and colon. In addition to this, peppermint oil is also a rich source of relaxing agents that can keep the integrity of our digestive system. It also contains several vitamins and minerals that act as antioxidants to slow down the natural effects of aging.
There are a lot of anti-aging herbs and spices available within your own kitchen but it doesn’t mean that you have to take these all at the same time. Also, choosing freshly prepared products over expensive supplement is always recommended because more often than not, added ingredients in pills or capsules can only bring you more health risks. We will all grow older but nothing beats the proactive effort of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in resisting the wear and tear phenomenon.
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