Traditional Oriental Medicine Could Have The Key To Longevity
It Consists Of A Plant Used Commonly For Heartburn And High Blood Pressure
According to specialists, a Japanese plant used in traditional oriental medicine could be the key to longevity. The plant is called ashitaba and contains a compound that has anti-aging properties. It has usually been used for treating heartburn, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, among others. By slowing the aging process it also slows down the cell degeneration process, which increases the risk for conditions including heart disease. The compound also affects the process which causes cell division and growth, which has been linked to cancer. Researchers fed certain insets with the compound, resulting in a 20 percent increase in their lifespan. It also showed positive effects in lab animals, protecting the heart when the blood flow suffered a blockage. Scientists suspect that the substance triggers a process called autophagy, in which the damaged cells are removed, similar to recycling. More info click here.