Root extract of Chinese medicinal plant makes worms to live longer

A root extract of the Fallopia multiflora, or Chinese knotweed, has special properties: it enables the nematode C. elegans to live longer and protects it from oxidative stress. This has been demonstrated in a new study by nutritional scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). The researchers provide scientifically substantiated evidence for the effectiveness of this extract, which is primarily used in traditional Chinese medicine and as a dietary supplement. At the same time, they have identified molecular signalling pathways that could be responsible for the extract’s effect. Their study was recently published in the international scientific journal „Plants“. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)