6 Herbs and Mushrooms That Fight Aging
At HAVN Life, we believe in the prevention of disease, optimizing performance and capitalizing on our potential for health and wellness.
Aging is a natural part of life, yet corporations are constantly reminding us it’s a bad thing.
What WE mean by “fighting aging” is rather maintaining a younger biological age, which could be more or less than what our chronological age is. Biological age takes into consideration several factors: your actual age, genetics, lifestyle, nutrition, and diseases or medical conditions. Medical professionals can actually determine what age your body acts like it is. The younger our biological age, the longer we’re likely to live!
This blog covers six herbs and fungi that help us lower our biological age.
Belonging to the nutritious ginger family, turmeric contains a powerful compound, curcumin, which may prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties provide a strong case for an anti-aging effect. Studies have shown curcumin alleviates age-related symptoms and postpones age-related diseases due to its ability to combat free radicals and protect the skin from UV-induced signs of aging.
You can easily incorporate turmeric into your everyday diet, or take supplements.
Also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, Ashwagandha is a powerful plant that aids rapid cell regeneration and rejuvenation as opposed to degeneration, which is a process of aging. It protects the body’s cells, including skin cells, from oxidative stress and damage, resulting in youthful looking skin. Known for fighting infections and reducing stress and depression, it also has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and cognitive boosting properties.
You’re only as old as how you feel, and brahmi, also known as bacopa, may enhance our memory. It’s a game changer for those who may be prone to or suffering from age-related memory loss. It’s why we created Bacopa Brain to support mood, cognitive function, and the nervous system.
Used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, this antioxidant mushroom can reduce fatigue and enhance energy, strength and the immune system. While more studies on humans are needed, research has shown that cordyceps extended the lifespan in mice and fruit flies. With performance and energy in mind, we love how this mushroom can support the lungs and kidneys too—see Cordyceps Perform for more!
We’ve been using green tea for time immemorial because of its many health benefits, thanks to the polyphenol compound ECGC (Epigallocatechin gallate), which removes damaged cells, restores mitochondrial function in cells, and acts on pathways involved in aging. ECGC’s function promotes longevity, slows the aging process, and protects against age-related diseases.
Animal studies have shown green tea can protect against skin aging and wrinkles caused by ultraviolet (UV) light, so if you want to look younger, drink more of this beverage, or take it in supplement form.
We’ve already talked about the benefits reishi has on the brain and its protection against free radicals. Also used in traditional Chinese medicine, a study in 2017 found this white-rot fungus exerts anti-aging effects: anti-oxidation, immunomodulation and anti-neurodegeneration. Formulated with human optimization in mind, check out Reishi Recharge to support your immune system.
Besides these six fungi and herbs, there are plenty of others that support healthy aging you can incorporate into your diet and wellness routine. We believe everyone has the potential to operate at their peak mental performance and encourage you to live your best possible and most authentic life.