How to eliminate symptoms of menopause with this flowering plant!
Scientists at Concordia University in Michigan recently made an astoundingly bold statement. They claim to have discovered six plant extracts that extend lifespan more dramatically than any other known drug or combination of compounds.
So far, the remarkable findings are based on research conducted on yeast. As you might imagine, then, it’s a big jump from Methuselah yeast to exceptionally long-lived humans. Even so, it’s not necessarily as big a stretch as it might seem. Simple yeast are used routinely to study lifespan. The basic metabolic processes that determine aging and eventual death are common among all species.
Investigations suggesting that the wine compound, resveratrol, extends lifespan were first sparked by studies on aging yeast. In that instance, however, the effect of resveratrol on humans appears to have proven less impressive than anticipated.
Nevertheless, the initial research on six plant extracts is tantalizing, to say the least. The scientists studied 100s of plant extracts to arrive at six that appear to dramatically improve yeast lifespan. Among them are willow bark extract: the source of aspirin, which has been shown to reduce the incidence of certain forms of cancer, and to improve the prospects of people at risk for heart disease.
The other extracts come from Black Cohosh (Cimefuga racemosa), Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), wild Celery seed (Apium graveolens), and White Willow bark (Salix alba). I find it fascinating that these scientists have tentatively identified these herbs, flowers, roots, and seeds as the source of potentially remarkable health benefits.
Many of these are familiar to herbalists, ethnobotanists, and practitioners of native or traditional folk medicine. Valerian, for example, has long been used to promote restful, hangover-free sleep among people who struggle with insomnia. Passionflower yields a fruit that is popular in the tropics. It’s whole plant extract is sometimes prescribed for anxiety or insomnia. The subtropical variety mentioned here thrives in much of the southern United States, where it’s sometimes called Maypop. Called “Ocoee” by the Cherokee in Tennessee, this native plant gives its native name to an important river in Tennessee; the Ocoee.
Ginkgo biloba, of course, is the last remaining representative of a species of tree that is more ancient than any other in existence today. It’s leaves supply an extract that has long been reputed to boost memory and cognition. While that usage remains controversial, the leaves are known to contain many plant compounds that have been linked to health benefits, including potent antioxidants and other chemicals.
Wild celery seed is often used as a seasoning, and it traditionally yields an oil used in the fragrance industry. As a medicinal herb, celery seed has apparently been used for many centuries. It’s reported to help lower blood pressure and relieve pain. Black Cohosh is native to North America, and was used by native americans to treat a variety of ailments, including some of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes.