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Understanding How Aging Affects Cell Reproduction
 
 
As adults, many of us are looking for the best ways to age and to ensure the best quality of life for as long as possible. Research on a number of natural health aging supplements is starting to emerge that may not stop you from getting old, but can certainly help to ensure a healthier path through the process. Some of that research is surrounding your “telomeres”.  Now some science.
Each of your cells contain a twisted strand of molecules called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide, and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer. They have been compared to those plastic tips on shoe laces because they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which would destroy or scramble your DNA and cause your cells to die off or become diseased.  We also understand that the process of aging comes from cells dividing and not pairing up with other healthy cells, but as each of your cells divide, the telomeres (those shoe lace endings) also get shorter. When they get too short, your cells can no longer divide properly which can lead to aging, age related illness and eventually how you die.  Did you know that many types of cancers have shortened telomeres including pancreatic, bone, prostate, bladder, lung, kidney, and head and neck, as well as chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, depression, and osteoporosis?
 
 
The Most Exciting Research on Astragalus for Aging
 
 
One of the emerging supplements for aging is “Astragalus”.   It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, often in combination with other herbs to tone and strengthen the body. It supports learning, memory, improves glucose intolerance, blood pressure, and helps reduce the stiffening of the heart muscle, while protecting heart tissues from the damaging effects of restricted blood flow following a heart attack. It has also been shown be a potent immuno-supportive agent (also called an adaptogen). It helps to modulate your body’s inflammatory responses, enhance wound healing, support growth of new blood vessels
(angiogenesis) and help normalize blood pressure.  However, perhaps the most exciting benefit of Astragalus is its ability to boost production and increase the length of an enzyme called telomerase”Telomerase controls those short bits of DNA that are attached to your chromosomes which play a key role in cell replication, cancer, and human aging. Not all Astragalus supplements will show these types of benefits.  It is important to ensure that you get best results by staying committed to taking your Astragalus supplement daily, but that you also take brands such as Botanica Super Astragalus.  Not only does it contain a high concentration of Astragalus, it also contains other adaptive herbs that benefit aging health, help the body to manage stress, and strengthen the immune system. Botanica Astragalus is also unique because it uses the liquid extract of the herb and is delivered in capsule format for convenient use. Even its extraction methods are unique to preserve the integrity of the raw materials, producing a more therapeutic and concentrated form than most herbal Astragalus supplements.
 
 
Resources
 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21434579
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3711628/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4562863/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4893918/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1933587/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178008/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19681610
 
 
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