Astragalus has recently become highly sought after due to certain claims that it is both an adaptogenic and anti-aging substance. It can arrest the visible signs of aging and even reverse the damage that aging has caused. These controversial claims have created a huge demand for this powerful herb.
Why do people age and what are Telomeres?
Telomeres are the caps at the end of chromosomes that protect them from deterioration and prevent sticking to other chromosomes. When cells divide, chromosomes replicate themselves. That’s good for life, but staying alive comes with a price: telomeres become shorter with duplication.
Shortened telomeres play an important role in aging.
Life, biology, and aging are made up of an intricate interplay between cells and chemicals, which are constantly changing and evolving. It’s unlikely that scientists will ever come up with a single cause or one solution for the treatment of aging. For now, telomeres are the closest we have to understanding and influencing the aging process.
Can Telomeres be lengthened?
Though the role of telomeres in aging is still not completely understood, scientists believe that cells with the shortest telomeres trigger a process that causes a dramatic change in how normal cells function. Cells with the shortest telomeres die prematurely.
What can we do about shortened telomeres? Will longer telomeres actually make people younger? A handful of chemical and natural compounds hold promise as telomere extenders.
Researchers have screened thousands of natural compounds and chemicals for their effects on telomeres. One of the more interesting compounds comes from the traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Astragalus.
Sounds like Astragalus is a miracle herb! For thousands of years, the powerful extract from astragalus plant has been used in traditional medicine. The extract of Astragalus comes from one of more than 3,000 species of small shrubs and plants belonging to the Astragalus genus. It is widely considered a herb, but is actually a member of the legume family.