Maral Root (Rhaponticum Carthamoides) is a perennial herb of the Asteraceae family that grows mainly in the mountainous areas of South Siberia, Central Asia, and China. It has a long history of use in Siberian traditional medicine and is gaining popularity as a natural skincare active.
Studies have shown that maral root extracts have protective and DNA repair stimulating abilities, fighting oxidative stress. The plant produces phenolic compounds and flavonoids that scavenge free radicals and prevent them from causing oxidative damage.
Maral root extracts have also been found to stimulate cells in tissue to repair the DNA damage caused by oxidative stress, possibly by activating enzymes that recognize and help remove damaged DNA. Maral root extract also increases cellular levels of superoxide dismutase, a potent natural anti-aging ingredient.
Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, February 2016, pages 1-11