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Stay young, the natural way

Don’t let ageing bog you down. Challenge it head-on with these age-defying herbs and watch yourself get younger and fitter.

brunch Updated: Aug 03, 2013 17:13 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Ageing is a natural process. Your body faces degeneration year after year. To look and feel younger, most people spend a lot of money on lotions, potions, pills and creams. But you can achieve holistic wellness by just including these herbs in your diet.

Ginseng: This herb tones skin and muscles, improves your appetite and digestion, and even restores vitality and virility.

Turmeric: This bright yellow spice has a wealth of benefits. Turmeric protects the body from tissue-damage and prevents wrinkles, scars, and other visible signs of ageing. It also has the ability to potentially ward-off degenerative diseases.

Spice of life: turmeric prevents wrinkles, scars and other signs of ageing


It is a widely known as a youth-enhancing herb. Ashwagandha also supports the immune system. It calms the nerves and reduces anxiety and stress. It boosts energy levels and fights chronic fatigue. It also strengthens the spine and eases joint pain.

Gotu Kola:

This herb is frequently used in tonics that improve memory and extend longevity. It assists in healing wounds, improves mental clarity, and strengthens varicose veins. It is very easy to consume gotu kola. Just brew it like tea and drink it once a day.

Milk Thistle:

Since the liver is the seat of metabolism and detoxification, it has been given a special place in ayurvedic, Chinese and traditional systems of medicine. The liver performs many roles, including the processing and filtering of medications and environmental toxins. Silymarin, an active ingredient in milk thistle, stimulates liver cell regeneration to help the organ rebuild after it has been damaged.


An antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory herb that has been used extensively to fight cancer and prevent diabetes. Tulsi can be taken as a decoction.


There is a lot of scientific research to support the claim that ginkgo increases blood flow to the brain. Research also suggest that ginkgo can help people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and help you become sociable and alert.

Celery seeds:

Ayurvedic practitioners use celery seeds extensively. Studies reveal that celery seeds prevent arthritis and gout (inflammatory conditions often associated with age). It is easy to include these seeds in your diet. Add a teaspoon of whole seeds in a cup of boiling water, let it cool and consume twice a day.

From HT Brunch, August 4

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