What is Aging?
Most will agree that not growing older is often a secretly held wish! The allure of remaining young and holding on to our looks and physique is a major factor in marketing and media all around us. Yet from the time we are born, we are growing constantly and getting older. During aging cells lose their ability to divide, which can also weaken the immune system.
Aging symptoms are prolific throughout the stages of life and include puberty, menstruation, genital development, through to menopause, sexual dysfunction such as low sex drive or impotence, hair loss, eye problems and hearing loss. Conventional treatment for aging may include drastic measures such as plastic surgery, which comes with many risks – as well as controversial injections of growth hormone – the long term effects of which are not known.
What Causes Aging?
Aging is a rather mysterious process – and no definitive cause has been found – it seems to be a collection of factors within the body working together. One thing we do know is that aging has strong genetic factors. This explains how some cultures seem to age relatively well compared to others.
Although we may not realize it, on a cellular level, oxidization occurs and ultimately leads to aging. Most scientists will agree that free radicals often injure cells and lead to aging. The chemical process behind aging can be likened to browning a cake in the oven – on a cellular level the ‘browning’ happens between glucose and proteins which causes damage in our genes.
Help for Aging
Fortunately Mother Nature has equipped us with the tools to help slow down the process! The way you age is greatly determined by the way you live, and the amount of care you give your body! Herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used for centuries to nourish on a cellular level and promote vitality and vigor. A number of natural ingredients have been studied for their ability to support organs in the body – and thus discourage age-related complaints.
One such ingredient is Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) – an all round supportive tonic, and has powerful anti-oxidant properties, fighting free radicals due to its superoxide dismutase (SOD) mimetic properties.
Grapeseed extract is a potent source of proanthocyanidins, or pycnogenols containing naturally occurring proanthocyanidins – a natural and powerful Antioxidant. Proanthocyanidins also have an affinity for cell membranes, providing support to reduce capillary permeability and fragility.