Telomeres are caps on the end of our DNA strands. They act as a protective coating for our DNA strands so that our cells can do their job.
When telomeres shorten, it causes premature cellular aging.
A study was conducted to explore the association between Astragalus and anti-aging. The pharmacological research found that “the extract component of Astragalus membranaceus can increase telomerase activity, and has an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, anticancer, hypolipidemic, antihyperglycemic, hepatoprotective, expectorant, and diuretic effects.”
Astragalus can repair and restore telomeres, which is why it is associated with anti-aging effects.
However, Dr. Patrick insists that the term ‘anti-aging’ is misleading. He says, “we are going to age. It’s a fact of life. But how you age, you have so much influence on.”
Aging is in our control, and we should never rely heavily on the promises that something can be ‘anti-aging’.