5 plants to delay ageing naturally
Delaying ageing naturally is all about good eating habits and leading a healthy lifestyle. But there are also plants that can help delay the key signs of ageing as much as possible.
This plant is known worldwide as winter cherry or ‘Indian Ginseng’. It is known for its benefits for boosting libido in men and for sperm quality, as well as for enhancing sexual function. In addition, pharmacological research1 has demonstrated that this plant reduces joint pain.
Joint pain is linked to osteoarthritis and is one of the main reasons why people stop doing physical activity over time. Scientific research is therefore examining the possibility that Ashwagandha could offer a natural treatment for managing this and other similar conditions2.
In addition, Ashwagandha extract helps to reduce stress and anxiety, improves strength, aerobic endurance, increases fertility in men and reduces the risk of diabetes3,4,5,6.
Astragalus, Huáng Qí root is a plant native to China that has been used for many generations as a home remedy. It is believed to be able to prolong life and also offers benefits for the immune system, so it can help with allergy-related complaints, as well as treating fatigue and the common cold.
Although Astragalus is a plant family with more than 2,000 species, supplements available commercially only use the Astragalus membranaceus7 and Mongholicus species.
It’s believed to delay ageing because it can be used in cases of congestive heart failure, kidney disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, minor allergies, and because it also helps to control blood sugar8.
This famous fruit needs no introduction, but in this article our focus is on grape seed extract. It is the best-known source of proanthocyanidins9, a type of substance being researched as a treatment for oxidative stress, inflammation and tissue damage10.
Although most of its benefits are associated with blood flow, grape seed extract can also improve collagen synthesis11. For this reason, it is said to help with signs of ageing, as collagen keeps skin young, and the tendons and ligaments flexible.
Acerola is a berry very similar to cherries. It is common in Central America and is traditionally used to treat coughs, colds and dysentery. Recently there has been increased interest in using acerola’s high vitamin C content as a supplement.
As well as having high vitamin C content, some studies12 have found that acerola is rich in antioxidants, giving it properties that can delay ageing.
Because one of the most common ailments we face as we age is deteriorating eyesight, supplements like Visual PRO with blueberry extract help to keep our eyes healthy.
In addition, blueberries, found in our Visual PRO supplement along with other antioxidants, are known to be rich in anthocyanins, a chemical compound that gives them their distinctive blue colour. This substance has strong antioxidant properties that promote the elimination of free radicals from the body13.
What’s more, blueberries promote collagen synthesis in the body14, playing a vital role in preventing skin wrinkles, acne and other signs of premature ageing.