Astragalus contains three components that allow the plant to have such a positive impact on human health: saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. It acts as a strong anti-inflammatory and also fights free radical damage.
Because of its strong anti-inflammatory qualities, Astragalus has a long history of treating wounds. Radix astragali, another name for the dried root of astragalus, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the repair and regeneration of injured organs and tissues. In general, its greatest strength is preventing and protecting cells against cell death and other harmful elements, such as free radicals and oxidation.
Astragalus has even been shown to have anti-aging effects on our chromosomes.
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, and telomeres become shorter with duplication.
Scientists believe that this gradual shortening of telomeres is linked to disease and aging.
Telomere shortening is prevented by the activation of telomerase, an enzyme vital for tissue regeneration. Long telomeres reflect high telomerase activity, and are considered a good predictor of greater tissue regeneration and longevity.
Extracts of Astragalus support wound repair, fracture healing, and production of growth factors responsible for improving blood supply to injured areas of the body, and also promotes the proliferation of fibroblasts, a regenerative cell that makes body tissue. References