Known for millennia Fo Ti is one of the main plants in Traditional Chinese Medicine used as yin tonic and anti-aging herb. Fo Ti is a twisted, unpretentious vine-like plant with a very wide distribution in Asia, grown semi-cultivated. The legend tells the story of Mr. He, who, thanks to the decoction of the roots of Fo Thi, lived to a very old age (up to about 160 years) with a lot of hair and no white hair on his head. The Chinese name for the herb is He Shou Wu – literally means “Black haired Mr. He “!
Fo Ti is extremely rich in zinc. Zinc is fundamental for the formation of keratin. Zinc suppresses the enzyme responsible for hair loss, and its action is amplified many times by the presence of vitamin B6. The Fo Ti plant extract is extracted from the roots of the Polygonum Multiflorum (also known as Fallopia), following a traditional Chinese recipe after soaking and boiling the roots in a decoction of black beans.
An interesting fact is the form of the roots of the adult Fo Ti plant – these roots look like very well formed male and female figure! Fo Ti always grows in pairs – male and female plant.
In addition – Fo Ti stimulates body’s own productuin of Superoxide dismutase (SOD). SOD is a critical antioxidant enzyme that human’s body makes as a defense against superoxide. Superoxide is one of the most dangerous free radicals that can occur in human’s body and superoxide dismutase is solution to its presence. Superoxide when left to do its thing will damage any type of tissue, but most notably has the ability to damage DNA. Superoxide dismutase is the king of antioxidants (even above resveratrol) since it can prevent the damage to human DNA which is the fundamental cause of all aging.
Fo Ti also contains stilbene glycosides – they are another very powerful antioxidants. These combined with the increased production of superoxide dismutase makes the Fo-Ti root better than any antioxidant supplement on the market, plus it’s more absorbable since it’s a whole food. The increased production of SOD in the body along with the various stilbene glycosides is likely the most significant anti-oxidant function the Fo-Ti root has.