Definition A chemical that is an active
component of Salvia miltiorrhiza, a traditional Chinese herb, which lowers homocysteine levels* in rats with elevated homocysteine, acting via trans-sulphuration.
*Elevated plasma total homocysteine levels are an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
Reference Br J Pharmacol. Jun 2009; 157(3): 482–490. Published online Apr 30, 2009. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2009.00179.x http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2707994/