Astragalus extract has been used to help the immune systems of both men and women for centuries originating in Chinese Medicine over 4,000 years ago. There are over 2,000 species of Astragalus, but only two are used for medicinal purposes, and they are astragalus membranaceus and astragalus mongholicius.
Astralagus contains large quantities of saponins, flavonoids, and polysaccharides, which make it extremely beneficial for the human body. These elements are active in most plants, including fruits and vegetables, but in varying amounts. The large amounts of these three components in Astralagus make it a powerful herb.
a. Saponins are known for their ability to lower cholesterol and improve the immune system.
b. Flavonoids are necessary for cell signaling, and they have antioxidative qualities that control free radicals, which help prevent heart disease, cancer, and other immune deficient diseases.
c. Polysaccharides have antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory abilities.
How is Astralagus Extract Used?
Astragalus Extract is taken from the root of the Astralagus plant when it reaches four years old. The leaves and branches of the plant are used in tea or recipes. They can also be dried and used in tinctures for the skin. The extract is typically made into supplements either capsules and tablets or the liquid extract form. In Asian countries, Astragalus is used as an injectable in hospital and clinics because this herb has been extensively researched and proven to have many benefits.
Here are the 10 most common benefits that Astragalus is used for today.
1. Boosts the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties
2. Protects the cardiovascular system
3. Alleviates and relieves symptoms of chemotherapy
4. Reduces and prevents diabetes
5. Is an antioxidant with anti-aging abilities
6. Reduces and prevents cold and flu symptoms
7. Aids in healing wounds and reducing scarring
8. Used as a mild diuretic
9. Provides ongoing therapy for chronic asthma
10. Used for kidney disease for many years.
Astragalus does not have any side effects, but pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should not use the herb since there has not been enough research performed for this group. There are three drugs that if you are taking, you should contact your physician before taking Astragalus.
• Cyclophosphamide, Cytoxan, and Neosar – are used to suppress the immune system, and Astragalus increases the immune system.
• Lithium – because of the diuretic qualities of Astragalus, it can affect the lithium levels in the body, and lead to unsafe levels of lithium.
• Immune suppressants: Astragalus is an immune booster, so it decreases the effectiveness of drugs including azathioprine, Imuran, Simulect, cyclosporine, Zenapax, muromonab-CD3, Orthoclone OKT3, CellCept, FK506, Prograf, sirolimus, Rapamune, prednisone, Deltasone, Orasone, corticosteroids, glucocorticoids, and others.
Astragalus is a well-researched herb, so new information is being revealed all the time about this amazing herb. Its greatest strength and notability is its ability to prevent and protect cells from harmful intruders, such as free radicals and oxidation, which attack healthy cells.
note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.