A substance that may prevent vascular aging has been discovered in the fruit of the Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus tree. In oriental medicine, the fruit is called “the lion that drives out stroke,” or “Choo Poong Sa” in Korean, and is said to protect the energy of the liver and the kidney, and to strengthen the tendons and the bones. It is used to treat quadriplegia, fractures of the back and the knee, blood that has leaked into the surrounding tissue, and strokes. The thorny shrub or tree Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus is native to Asia, and does not have a common English name.
The Rural Development Administration (RDA) announced on May 12 that it extracted Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus A from the fruit and discovered its chemical structure. Also, it confirmed its age-suppressing effects on vascular cells through experiments on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs).
The fruit of Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus is likely to be developed as a natural substance to prevent and treat cardiovascular disorders. In the toxicological investigation, which was carried out before cellular experiments, the level of cytotoxicity was also proved to be safe.
The RDA has applied for a patent on the research findings and will expand its experiments to animals and human subjects in the future.