We would all like to stay healthy, live longer and look younger. But is it really possible? Green tea, for example, has been taken for its anti-ageing properties for years. Does that mean that after drinking a few cups a day for a certain period of time you will notice the years falling from your face? Sorry, no.
So what is anti-ageing? The term has acquired a number of meanings, according to whichever suits a particular group or company. For instance, manufacturers of beauty products may define ‘anti-ageing’ differently to scientists in pure research labs. For the person in the street, the subject is confusing.
Could Granny’s natural ageing process be reversed? Or halted?
The medical science community that conducts research into ageing refers to its work exclusively as investigation into the slowing, preventing or reversing of the ageing process. According to scientific researchers, the future is looking very promising, although there is currently no proven and available medical technology that slows or reverses ageing in humans. Nor is there any current method to measure the effects of an alleged anti-ageing therapy.
In the medical and reputable business community, anti-ageing medicine refers to the early detection, prevention and treatment of age-related diseases. These communities do not tackle the ageing process itself, but offer guidance and therapies to benefit age-related conditions, such as controlled-kilojoule eating plans.
In the wider business community, with some of its members making dubious claims about their products, anti-ageing is regarded as a sure-fire way to increase product sales. This is where you’ll find manufacturers who tell you their products are ‘guaranteed’ to remove wrinkles, for example, or that a specific diet will help you drop kilos and look fabulous. At best, such products could make you look and feel younger in some way. But they will not make you live for longer, they will probably not make you healthier and they may have no real anti-ageing benefit at all.
[custom_frame_left shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_left]So, confusion reigns. Do we back the treatment of the disease of ageing or should we be working harder to challenge ageing itself? Everyone wants to look younger, to feel as vital as we once did. If we could add 40 years to our lives, most of us would leap at the opportunity to do so. When it comes to appearance, women especially spend huge amounts of money on products and procedures that claim to make them look younger, hide the progression of the years. There is a clearly a market for real anti-ageing medicines. But the silver bullet is beyond our reach. For now.
The advice from the Flora Force team is this: until the medicine arrives that is able to actually prolong life, as it will, the best you can do is to be sensible: watch what you eat, make sure you get the best minerals and vitamins for optimum wellbeing, exercise regularly, find something interesting to do, challenge your brain, work at being optimistic, keep up a good relationship with your loved ones and with your medical professional, and spend an appropriate amount on preventative healthcare. Should age-related disease strike, seek attention. You won’t live forever, but you may well improve your health and live a longer, more fulfilling life.
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Adapted from ‘What is anti-ageing?’ on the fightaging.org website. View the full piece here.