As with many things internet based, a lot of information is copied and pasted, has a dash of creative license, a sprinkling of Chinese whispers and boom you have a new superfood or a superherb. When we select our products we look for the most effective and the very best quality. So we research, then research some more, and provide all of that research here, so that you can make up your own mind.
The immune system is responsible for ensuring that we stay healthy and on a daily basis fight off any number of potential invadors.
Research is suggesting that Astragalus has significant immune benefits, with its anti-oxidants being directly related and suggested to be anti-cancer, specifically lung cancer. It also works synergistically with active nutritional mushroom alkaloids and helps to unlock the potential of cordyceps sinensis. (7, 12)
Antioxidants play an important role when preventing the body from oxidising and thus put under more stress. The active compounds in Astragalus (astragaloside IV and polysaccharides) have been studied and are suggested to have anti-oxidative properties. Its ability as an antioxidant has been linked to various health benefits outlined in the following areas.
The Polysaccharides found in Astragalus, studies suggest, can potentially protect the bodies cells and their energy production via their anti-oxidative effects. (6, 10, 11, 12)
Oxidative stress and cell death are main factors in acute Kidney injury. Studies suggest that the active compound in Astragalus (astragaloside IV) has the ability to potentially prevent cell death and act as an anti-oxidant. (10)
It has been discussed that injury to the brain may be caused by oxidative stress. The active compound of Astragalus (astragaloside IV) potentially reduces damage to the brain due to its anti-oxidative effects, studies have also suggested that this same active compound (astragaloside IV) after being supplemented for 7 days could potentially reverse the effects of depression.
Astragalus has also been shown to potentially significantly improve learning and memory in Altzeimers patients and be neuroprotective and have a nootropic effect.
Research is also suggesting that its ability to effect the nervous system is not limited to the brain as a nootropic, it also has the capacity to help support the regeneration of the sciatic nerve by increasing the number of nerve fibres and also the conduction between them. (1, 2, 5, 6, 8)
Astragaloside IV is the active compound in the root of Astragalus, and has been suggested by scientific studies to be an effective, anti-inflammatory and immunoregulator. (3, 9)
Bronchial Asthma is the chronic inflammation of the lungs and airway hyper-responsiveness (super active) / remodeling. Studies have shown that the bioactive compound in Astragalus (Astragaloside IV) may reduce lung inflammation and relieved the 'super' activity of the lungs by modulating the response, potentially aiding asthma sufferers. (3)
When we apply the term ‘ageing' to the body, we are essentially saying they our cells are becoming less able to properly perform their function. During this ageing process, if we then subject the cells to further degradation via oxidation we speed up the ageing process. Studies suggest that the anti-oxidative effects of astragalus upon cell energy production potentially has an anti-ageing capacity, suggesting that this is directly related to having an anti-oxidative effect on the bodies energy metabolism (ATP) and in turn making the process more productive and efficient. (6, 11)
Osteoporosis is where the bones become brittle making you more susceptible to breakages. There are various causes for this disease including; vitamin D deficiency, calcium deficiency, lack of physical exercise, early menopause, medications, smoking and alcohol. Other conditions can also make a person more susceptible to osteoporosis such as, liver / kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid issues—to name just a few.
Studies suggest that Astragalus, when mixed with Cinnamomum cassia and Phellodendron amurense, can potentially reverse the effects of osteoporosis by stimulating bone formation. (4)