7 Best Anti-Aging Plants
No need to spend fortunes at the pharmacy. In herbal teas, sprinkled on dishes, and sometimes in capsules, plants help us to stay healthy for a long time. Discover the best anti-aging plants selected by Professor Kurt Hostettmann, phytotherapist.
Incomparable to stimulate immune defenses. In addition, ginger strengthens the liver, regulates digestion and has aphrodisiac properties.
How do we get it? In infusion, a cup fasting in the morning. Peel and grate about 5 cm of fresh ginger for a cup of boiling water. Allow to infuse for ten minutes, filter and add a teaspoon of honey.
It is an outstanding anti-oxidant, which slows down the decline of cognitive functions (including, it seems, Alzheimer’s disease at its beginning). Recommended also against colon cancer and polyarthritis, it would be as effective as anti-inflammatory without side effects.
How do we get it? Used as a spice, it is better assimilated if it is accompanied by pepper or fat. In the form of capsules (pharmacy) it is better to take it during the meal.
It holds records of vitamin C (30 times more than orange) that boosts tone.
How do we get it? Its berries (personal picking or dietary stores) are less acidic after a passage in the freezer. A spoonful in a sweet yoghurt. Also available in juice or syrup (pharmacies).
Its black fruits offer the best antioxidant power in the world: they contain three times more anthocyanins than blackcurrant or blueberry. Its action on bad cholesterol would equal that of drugs. It also protects cognitive functions.
How do we get it? One tablespoon dried berries in a natural yoghurt at breakfast.
For its adaptogenic action which makes it possible to fight against the harmful effects of stress and its antifatigue power, even higher than that of ginseng.
How do we get it? In a two-week course to recover from a period of overwork or fatigue. In capsules or tablets, according to the dosage indicated.
It’s good for everything, especially against infections, digestion and hot flashes. “Who has sage in his garden does not need a doctor,” says a saying.
How do we get it? In herbal tea at the end of the meal, if possible fresh picked from her garden (1 g of leaf for 200 ml of water).
To preserve cognitive functions and help the body fight infections.
How do we get it? Add regularly 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to a salty dish to perfume or inhale via an electric diffuser (organic stores). In Switzerland, it is shown on a trial basis in nursing homes. But, never more than 10 minutes every 2 hours and not more than three weeks in a row.