What Is Astragalus Extract?
What is Astragalus Extract?
Astragalus extract is derived from Astragalus membranaceus, also known as milkvetch or locoweed, a genus of plants that primarily consists of herbs and small shrubs. These types of plants grow in most temperate climates within the Northern Hemisphere. It has been used in China and Persia for thousands of years to assist healing and overall health.
This astragalus extract (derived from astragalus root) is standardized to contain 50% polysaccharides, which are digestible carbohydrates that may help maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels in already healthy individuals when taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.
Astragalus is used by traditional Chinese doctors to stimulate the immune system. Chinese doctors have used astragalus to fight the flu and the common cold. Astragalus contains polysaccharides that are thought to play an important role in influencing the immune system. Astragalus also contains saponins called astragalosides, along with flavonoids and triterpenes. Astragalus Extract is strengthening the defensive energy and superficial resistance, promoting pus discharge and tissue regeneration, and inducing diuresis to cure edema.
Astragalus Extract Benefits
Astragalus extract supports the digestive system.† It may also help boost energy and support heart health.† It is probably most well-known for how it helps to fortify immune function.† Astragalus extract is loaded with nutrients and may supports overall health and well-being.
Astragalus increases the number of stem cells in the bone marrow and lymphatic tissue and promotes their development into active immune cells. It reactivates inactive immune cells, produces immunoglobulins, stimulates macrophages and encourages regeneration of T lymphocytes and the activation of Natural Killer Cells. In addition, it induces the endogenous production of interferon and maximizes its effects on viral infections.
Finally, astragalus is traditionally used in China as an adjunct support for patients undergoing chemotherapy, since it boosts resistance to the latter’s immunosuppressant effects by inciting macrophages to produce interleukin-6 and tumour necrosis factor. It is therefore well indicated for reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy and helps cancer patients boost their defences and recover more quickly as well as offering the possibility of extended survival.
The benefits of astragalus go even further, with the potential to extend lifespan, as examination of its components indicates. It contains flavonoids, polysaccharides and triterpenic glycosides, including astragaloside and cycloastragenol which have been shown to stimulate telomerase in keratinocytes, fibroblasts and immune cells in culture and to lengthen the shortest telomeres.
Supports the digestive system
Helps boost energy
Supports heart health
Loaded with nutrients
Helps fortify immune function†
Contributes to overall health & well-being†