Research shows that curcumin – the powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and active ingredient in the spice turmeric – may help reverse the symptoms of ageing. The latest study, by Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande do Sol, found that curcumin may counter oxidative stress, inflammation, bone loss, cardiovascular disease and weight gain – all linked to ageing.
Turmeric is used in Asian cooking and in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine as an anti-ageing and healing herb.
A host of studies have found that curcumin may counteract the inflammation process behind ageing, reduce risk of heart attack, ease joint pain, delay the onset of type two diabetes, help improve memory in dementia patients, lower the risk of cancer and heal wounds faster.
Curcumin’s compelling antioxidant activity (comparable to that of vitamin C and E) in attacking disease-causing free radicals –which contribute to ageing – has been shown to help counter wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, pigmentation, UV damage and help keep skin healthy and youthful. In addition to Curcumin’s inherent antioxidant characteristics, it boosts the body’s own antioxidant enzymes, delivering a double blow to harmful free-radicals and their impact on ageing.
Studies have shown that turmeric extract BCM-95 outperformed conventional drugs in treating age-related conditions rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis. BCM-95 has been scientifically proven to be the most effective way to supplement with curcumin.
More ways to beat the signs of ageing
Pharmacist, complimentary medicines expert and life coach, Giulia Criscuolo, says a healthy diet and lifestyle is vital to help reverse early signs of ageing. She suggests the following:
- Drink water as it rids the body of toxins and prevents skin from drying, flaking and wrinkling.
- Avoid smoking as it deprives skin cells of oxygen, leading to discolouration, sagging and wrinkles.
- Limit alcohol intake as it causes dehydration and accelerates the ageing process.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day as increased blood flow helps nourish skin cells.
- Manage stress.
- Get enough sleep. Try Magnesium Oil, it is a great muscle relaxant sleeping aid.
- A good diet including lots of fruit and vegetables helps counter obesity, heart disease and cancer. It also thwarts free radicals and oxidative stress, which speed up ageing.
- Avoid excess sugar and processed food as they may cause inflammation which promotes ageing.
- Increase intake of essential fats found in nuts, avos, seeds and oily fish.
- Supplement with vitamin D to optimise the skin’s immune system and to help destroy free radicals.