Although concerns about aging are always normal, they’re more common than ever since the coronavirus pandemic started.
Aging can be caused by a wide range of physical and psychological sources—like worrying about the economy for three months straight—but the underlying aging process is the same: Our body is made up of millions of cells. These cells get replaced constantly as old cells die. They continue to multiply over and over again. However, a cell has a set amount of times it can multiply before it dies. So, throughout the body, as more cells get damaged, you begin showing signs of aging.
At a young age, your body is able to repair damaged cells. However, as you get older, the repair system is not as efficient as it once was. A good example is your skin cells: the fewer skin cells you have, the thinner your skin will get, and the less elastin you will have, which causes wrinkles to appear.
The cause of age-related wear and tear is understood as a result of accumulated oxidative stress. Various herbs have demonstrated their effect of oxygen radical absorbance and thereby reversing the ill effects of it.
Triphala is a combination of Indian gooseberry (Amla / Emblica officinalis), black myrobalan (Black Harad / Terminalia chebula), and belleric myrobalan (Bahera / Bibhitaki / Terminalia belerica).
This combination of these three wild berries is extensively being studied in various researches. The ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) originally developed by National Institute of Health and USDA shows that Triphala powder is 100 times more powerful in its antioxidant effect than the same quantity of freshly squeezed blueberry juice.
Triphala also being a good digestive and anti-inflammatory herb helps with improved digestion, absorption and colon function. Several recent studies on Triphala provides promising evidence for strong anti-tumor and anti-microbial effects as well.
Ashwagandha has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immuno-modulatory (stimulation of antibodies) properties. It helps in rapid cell regeneration and rejuvenation that in turn helps in delaying signs of ageing, especially pertaining to the skin.
When taken daily, will assist in balancing Vata (the first principle of Ayurveda which governs movement), strengthening muscle and reproductive tissue.
Guduchi, or Giloy, is known to revive our skin tissues and resolve inflamed skin conditions by its anti-inflammatory properties. Guduchi is responsible for promoting mental clarity and enhance our immune system.
It is a rich source of protein and micronutrients, such as iron, zinc, copper, calcium, phosphorus, and manganese. It also contains many secondary plant metabolites, such as terpenes, alkaloids, flavonoids, steroids, and glycosides.
Ginseng contains a lot of phytochemicals that help stimulate and activate skin’s metabolism. These phytochemicals also help you get rid of free radicals that get accumulated when your skin is exposed to pollution and sunlight.
Brahmi, or Bacopa, is a memory enhancer, especially useful for those who may be suffering from age-related memory loss. It is believed to have refreshing effects on your brain.