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But improving male performance isn't all that Epimedium can do. In fact, it may also be an effective antiaging herb that should be taken much more seriously than a mere joke. A Chinese laboratory study published last decade aimed to test the ability of this herb's flavonoids in preventing cell senescence. Senescence is a major factor behind aging, where a cell can no longer divide to replace itself once it gets too damaged to continue living. Epimedium significantly extended the population doubling ability of the fibroblast (collagen-producing) cells and changed the expression of genes that influence telomere length. Telomere lengthening was improved, but without activation of telomerase. This is important because it shows that there is more than one way to combat cellular aging.
Epimedium is also widely used in China for osteoporosis. It is known in China to increase bone mineral density and therefore promote bone regeneration. Because of this, a lab study tested the effects of the herb's flavonoids on bone formation of human mesenchymal stem cells. When the stem cells were treated with these flavonoids, the time needed for them to transform into bone cells was shortened, and their ability to become osteoclasts was inhibited. Osteoclasts are the cells that break down bone tissue, too many of these will weaken bones. Overall, there is more to Epimedium than commonly advertised, it's no joke, it may help to keep you young!