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Astragalus is a medicinal plant that has been widely used in Chinese natural medicine. Its main use is to protect and strengthen the immune system.

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Possible Benefits

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Slows down the aging process 
  • Improves heart function
  • Protects tissues and organs
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Required Equipment

Astragalus-based powder, liquid extract, or supplement.

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How to Do It

You can prepare a tea with the root, or consume a supplement according to the instructions of the product.

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Why it works

  • There are three components that help to better coordinate the function of the immune system: polysaccharides, saponins, and flavonoids. These help the immune response to be more effective.
  • A compound found in the root, TA-65, promotes the activation of a substance called telomerase, which is known for its protective effects that slow down aging.
  • It has a strong effect against oxidation and promotes vascular health, thus generating protection against heart disease.
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Time Commitment

2-5 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

3-4 times per week

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Possible Side Effects

Avoid it during pregnancy

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  • The part of the plant that is used is the root, from which all its properties are extracted.
  • It has also been used to treat viral infections.
  • The potential of this plant to treat respiratory infections is currently being studied.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Anti-Aging Implications of Astragalus Membranaceus (Huangqi): A Well-Known Chinese Tonic. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5758356/
  2. Vascular protective effects of Astragalus membranaceus and its main constituents in rats with chronic hyperhomocysteinemia. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5609140/
  3. Immunomodulatory effects of a new whole ingredients extract from Astragalus: a combined evaluation on chemistry and pharmacology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6438022/
  4. The Antioxidant Effects of Radix Astragali (Astragalus membranaceus and Related Species) in Protecting Tissues from Injury and Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26343107
  5. Astragalus membranaceus: A Review of its Protection Against Inflammation and Gastrointestinal Cancers. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26916911
  6. A study on the immune receptors for polysaccharides from the roots of Astragalus membranaceus, a Chinese medicinal herb. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006291X04013129
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