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By Soriyya Bawa

Anti-aging herbs have a big role to play in not only fighting disease, but in helping to prevent some of the more obvious signs of aging. Free radicals, over the course of many years, can start to damage brain cells, opening the door for amyloid plaques to take hold. Once these plaques start to spread, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative cognitive conditions can set in—anti-aging herbs can help stop this. To help protect your brain health as you get older, here are the four best anti-aging herbs to consider.

Ginkgo Biloba
A staple of traditional Chinese medicine, this anti-aging herb has been used for over 4,000 years to treat all sorts of health complaints, including respiratory trouble, tinnitus, and age-related vision problems. As for brain health, ginkgo is believed to boost circulation, leading to better memory and cognitive performance. Ginkgo is also a useful anti-aging herb because it has been shown to lower rates of depression in those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

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