What is Astragalus?
Astragalus, ever heard of it? Maybe you’ve heard of it by its other names Milkvetch or Huang Qi? The astragalus plant is part of the legume family, and its roots have been a fundamental herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 5000 years. The Astragalus has over 1000 species, but only two, astragalus membranaceus and astragalus mongholicus are used for medicinal purposes. The plant is native to northern and eastern regions of China, but have also been spotted in Mongolia. Its roots are the only part of the plant that are used for medicinal purposes, and are generally used from plants that are around four years old. In TCM, this herb has been used to boost the immune system and help overcome stress and anxiety, but in modern times, Astragalus is used to treat a variety of different illnesses and diseases from the common cold to diabetes.
What are the Benefits of Astragalus Root?
Because of its broad use in medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, Astragalus Extract has been added to a number of our products such as Detox…Ahhh™ and Female… Fertility™ . Here are some of the benefits we think you might enjoy.
Boost immune system
- The plant compounds found in astragalus have been shown to enhance your immune system by increasing white blood cells, these cells are responsible for preventing illnesses caused by bacteria, germs and viruses, the common cold being one of these illnesses.
Protects against heart disease and failure
- Clinical studies have shown that astragalus extracts may help improve heart functions by regulating high blood pressure caused by plaque buildup and narrowing of the blood vessels. The herb has also been reviewed for it’s possible ability to lower triglycerides, which can put some at risk of heart diseases like strokes, heart attacks and hardening of artery walls. Because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, the herb has been studied for its potential in reducing symptoms of myocarditis.
Improve kidney function
- Astragalus may improve kidney health by improving blood flow and preventing infections and disease. These can lead to Proteinuria, which is a condition caused by kidney disease that reduces the efficiency of the kidneys and leads to abnormal amounts of protein being expelled through urine.
Regulate and prevent diabetes
- In China, astragalus is one of the most frequently prescribed herb to help with diabetes management. The compounds in this herb have all been shown to treat and regulate both type 1 and type 2 diabetes by reducing inflammation caused by diabetes, increasing insulin sensitivity, and protecting cells in your pancreas that produce insulin, thus regulating blood sugar levels which is why astragalus is an active ingredient in our Blood Glucose… zing™ herbal supplement.
Although further research is being suggested, other studies have suggested that astragalus may also improve allergy symptoms and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Some research has found the herb to be a anticancer effect as well by programming cell death in cancerous cells. Another interesting study found that it has inflammatory qualities used to treat wounds and minimize scarring and even have Anti-Aging Affects. Due to the boost to the immune system, we would suggest you speak to your health care professional prior to adding astragalus to your diet in individuals who have an autoimmune disease, otherwise, astragalus is generally safe with no serious side effects.
How do I add Astragalus to my Diet?
If you are looking to add astragalus to your diet, or get any one of the many benefits of it, like most natural herbs you have many options.
- Tinctures are extracts in liquid form, and can be made at home or bought in stores or online and is usually taken using a dropper and placing drops under your tongue.
- Astragalus Supplements are an easy option, either in pill or tablet form. You can find a number of our products that utilize the benefits of the herb here.
- Topical ointments and creams are available for reducing scarring and anti-aging.
Tea and foods
- This herb is also dried and used in teas or can be added to various recipes and soups. Astragalus powder can also be bought and added to a number of foods and drinks.
We hope this article was useful to you and you were able to learn something new today! As always, please let us know what you found most interesting, or what your favorite benefit or use for astragalus is, especially if we did not list it here. If you found this article helpful, you might enjoy our other blog posts for Aloe Vera and Turmeric!
*Source Healthline, US National Library of Medicine, Dr. Axe