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What are the benefits of Astragalus?

24 Aug 2022 • 1 min read

What are the benefits of Astragalus?

Do you know about astragalus? If not, you should, because astragalus root is one of the most powerful immune-building plants on the planet.1

What is Astragalus?

The Chinese name of the herb, huang qi, means "yellow life energy," due to the root of the herb being yellow.2

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) has been used in Traditional Chinese Cultures for thousands of years, often combined with other herbs to help strengthen the body. Astragalus is called an adaptogen, meaning it helps protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress.

Astragalus contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage. This powerful plant is used to protect and support the immune system, preventing colds and upper respiratory infections, lowering blood pressure, and protecting the liver. With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, astragalus is sometimes used on the skin for wound care.3

Summary

Astragalus has been used for thousands of years to help strengthen and protect the body. This immune-building plant not only contains antioxidants, but it is also an adaptogen.

What Are the Health Benefits of Astragalus?

Astragalus is a herbal food supplement that has various health benefits; helping to restore overall health to the body. Here you can discover the many health benefits that astragalus has to offer:4

  1. Heart Health

Several studies suggest that Astragalus may be a heart-friendly herb as it is rich in antioxidants. It may also help lower cholesterol levels.

  1. Relief from Seasonal Allergy

Most of us are prone to some allergy or the other which interferes with the normal functioning of our lives. Astragalus root extract has shown tremendous relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies. While Astragalus is not a cure for Asthma or allergies - including this plant in the overall treatment is known to be of help.

  1. Reduces Stress

Anxiety and chronic stress can cause adverse effects to our health. Hence, they need to be kept in check. Astragalus helps in curbing the stress level and promoting peace and calm in our mind and body. Those who suffer mood swings and constant nervous tension can benefit from this ancient herb.

  1. Reduces Sleep Issues

Insomnia, sleeplessness, and interrupted sleep patterns can be cured by regular consumption of astragalus root. By improving overall health, metabolism, and hormonal balance this root can help in delivering a peaceful sleep.

  1. Anti-ageing Properties

This is the most important and popular use of astragalus. It helps in reducing signs of ageing on the face, helps in the growth of tissues and prevents chronic illness symptoms. For fine lines and age spots this root can be extremely beneficial.

  1. Supports the Immune System

Astragalus has been used to boost the immune system for more than thousands of years. It protects the immune system from major attacks and makes it efficient at handling foreign substances. 'It has natural antibiotic properties, so it can increase resistance to viral infections. It is full of antioxidants that protect cells against free radical damage', according to the book Healing Foods.

  1. Hematopoietic

Astragalus is also hematopoietic which means it can increase red blood cell count, too. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and carbon dioxide from the rest of the body to the lungs. Additionally, astragalus is antihypertensive, as it's been shown to dilate peripheral blood vessels. This means it can have a protective affect against high blood pressure.5

Summary

Astragalus helps to support immune-system and energy levels, whilst also having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies have shown that astragalus has antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system, suggesting that it may help prevent colds.

How to Take Astragalus

Astragalus root can be found many different forms - supplements are available in capsules and liquid extracts. The root can also be ground into a powder, which can then be brewed into teas.

Pregnant or nursing women should not use astragalus root. If you have an immune system disease such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or another autoimmune disease, you should not use astragalus root.6

Dosage: How Much Astragalus is Safe to Take?

Based on the research, oral doses of up to 60 grams per day for up to four months seem to be safe for most people. However, there are no studies to determine the safety of high doses in the long term.

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments, or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Before taking any supplements or minerals, it’s best to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients through your diet first.

Last updated: 24 August 2022

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Donia Hilal

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Nutritionist

Joined Holland & Barrett: January 2018

Bsc in Nutrition, Registered Associate Nutritionist and Certification in Pre and Post Natal Nutrition

Donia started her career as a freelance nutritionist, later she joined Nestle as their Market Nutritionist to help support their healthier product range, before joining the team at Holland & Barrett in January 2018.

Donia has over 6 years experience as a Nutritionist and also works with clients on a one to one basis to support their goals which include weight loss, prenatal and postnatal nutrition and children’s health.

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