There is no escaping the inevitable consequence of time and environment as we grow older. As we age, the thousands of cells in our bodies become less functional, and they tend to jam up the body which can ultimately interfere with the proper function, of our tissues and vital organs. Scientists call this senescence. We have all seen how a stream can become stagnant and unhealthy if it accumulates dead leaves and debris; and how this eventually causes the entire ecosystem to suffer. Our bodies also experience this on multiple levels, and to a certain extent, we can nurture the vitality and longevity of our inner ecosystem to affect bodily systems. The lifestyle pillars of health and longevity are sleep, diet, and exercise which can impact how our genes and cells function (epigenetics). Of course, there are other factors such as social connection and life purpose as we have learned from studies of populations within the blue zones.
The concept of using herbs and diet to modulate the activity of senescent cells is an area of ongoing research. We know that the combination of various plant-based polyphenol-rich foods, along with the overall nutrients of the Mediterranean diet, is believed to contribute to its potential health benefits. Similarly, many herbs such as turmeric and ginkgo contain polyphenols and have been studied for their functional effects at the cellular level. Ashwagandha has even been studied in an elderly population to support general well-being. Ashwagandha, a powerful adaptogen, has a rich historical usage dating back to ancient times and holds a significant place within the branch of Ayurveda known as Rasayana. Rasayana, meaning “rejuvenation” or “elixir,” is dedicated to fostering vitality, extending longevity, and nurturing overall well-being.
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About Joanne Roberts
With over 29 years of experience in supplement formulation and quality control, Jo is passionate about gardening, herbs, and nutrition and enjoys sharing her creations in her free time with loved ones. She is an avid adventurer who finds solace in the forest or bonding with her dog, goats, and chickens. Additionally, she is a mom, author, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and is currently in the process of becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Fueled by her own health journey, she is devoted to imparting the transformational wisdom of nature through the holistic art and science of Yoga and Ayurveda.