Astragalus is a popular adaptogenic herb that may protect DNA and increase longevity. Astragalus may protect telomeres, according to research.

Astragalus can help activate an enzyme called telomerase (hTERT) which stimulates the production of additional telomeres.

Astragalus may have anticancer properties, says preliminary research. In a study at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston, researchers found that an astragalus water extract improved the function of cancer patients' T-cells.

Astragalus has a unique structure of polysaccharides that are said to have additional benefits:

“The most notable compounds are called formononetin, calycosin and astragaloside IV, and seem to do the following things in your body:

– Reduces the amount of nitric oxide released from cells, which reduces inflammation

– Causes certain genes and metabolic pathways to be shutdown which would otherwise cause blood and chemicals to flow to wounds

– Activates other genes and pathways which activates different immune cells”