Organic Astragalus Powder

Astragalus is a famous Chinese energy tonic who’s effects are accumulative rather than instant. Traditionally used by athletes and to support the immune system. Studies* suggest that Astragalus may aid the brain, lungs, bones and nervous system, as well as containing unique anti-aging compounds.

Young, strong and on it — a true super-root.

250g / approx. 250 serves / $0.10 per serve

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  • Adaptogen; helping the body adapt to stress, allowing for an increased tolerance to mental exhaustion, enhancing attention and mental endurance.
    Immunomodulator; strengthening, balancing, supporting and regulating the immune system, optimising immune response.
    Astragalus root has been used for centuries within Traditional Chinese Medicine where it is famed for its use as a Qi (chi, life energy, vital energy) tonic, said to be a protector of the body and to improve energy, metabolism, muscle function and posture with a specific focus on upright Qi (protecting our posture and organs as we age), it is also used to improve immune system function allowing us to adapt to change.

    Research has suggested that Astragalus may also help; organ function (the brain (memory), the lungs and the kidneys), as an anti-inflammatory and the nervous system. Due to its effects on the lungs and energy production, it has made this root a popular tonic among athletes.
    Research also suggests that:
    - when mixed with cinnamon, Astragalus may help osteoporosis by stimulating bone growth,
    - it may work synergistically with Cordyceps with an anti-oxidative action, potentially providing enhanced anti-aging effects.

    The active compound found in Astragalus suggested to be responsible is a compound called ‘astragaloside IV’ — the primary pure saponin isolated from Astragalus membranaceous — indicated to have important anti-oxidative effects along with polysaccharides, another group of anti-oxidants found in Astragalus. Anti-oxidants are always great to add to the diet to combat the stressors in the 21st century.

    More research can be found under the Science tab.

    Functions / systems within the body this product helps to balance


    Feelings we notice by supporting the 'functions'

     

    Nutritional Panel

    Serving Size: 1-5g per Serve (1/4-1tsp)
    Ingredients: Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) Root

    Per Serve (1g) Per 100g
    Energy (kJ) 13.21kJ 1321.00kJ 
    Calories (kcal) 3.11kcal 310.82kcal
    Protien 0.11g 11.00g
    Total Carbohydrates 0.58g 58.00g
    - Sugars 0.00g 0.00g
    - Fibre 0.15g 15.00g
    Total Fat 0.04g 4.00g
    - Saturated 0.00g 0.00g
    Sodium 0.00mg 0.00mg

    Active Ingredients

    Triterpene glycosides, long chain polysaccharides, saponins, flavonoids, and astragaloside IV.
    Astragalus also contains trace amounts of amino acids, elements and other compounds.

    Cautions

    None that we are aware of. If you have concerns we recommend consulting your health care practitioner.
  • 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.

    IMMUNE HEALTH

    
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)


    Anti-oxidant

    
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)

    ORGANS (KIDNEYS)

    
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)

    NERVES (BRAIN)

    
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)

    ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

    
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)

    LUNGS

    
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)

    ANTI-AGEING

    
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

    
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)
     

  • FARMING

    The Astragalus root is organically and sustainably grown in China. The roots are harvested, selected and cleaned via quality control measures. They are then washed, organically disinfected and sent for processing.



    PROCESSING

    The roots are sorted further, sliced, flash dried below 40°C and crushed into powder. The powder is then ground a second time into finer powder, sifted and bulk packaged ready to send to The Grove HQ.


    IMPORTING

    The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia and arrives at The Grove HQ approximately 4 weeks later.


    PACKING

    Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control (QC) checks and repackage it ready for you.






    PRODUCT OF CHINA.
    PACKAGED IN AUSTRALIA WITH LOVE.
     

    The Life of Astragalus

    Native to China, Korea and Mongolia, Astragalus is rapidly gaining popularity in the West. The Astragalus genus consists of more than 2,000 species. Some of the species that are categorised under this genus are also used as ornamental plants. One can grow this plant from the seeds and the best time to do so is during late winter. If the objective behind growing astragalus is just to procure the curative root, remember to harvest the root only after a period of 3-4 years as this is when it has matured for this purpose.
    It is a herbaceous perennial that reaches a height of up to 4 feet, and will produce delicate yellow flowers from midsummer through late Autumn and requires moderate watering. Astragalus prefers fast draining calcareous soils with a mixture of rock phosphate, ground limestone and oyster shell, with a pH of between 5.5-7.5. Root is harvested after first frost, the leaves can be harvested anytime. It prefers partial shade to full sun, and a sandy, well-drained soil, at times of extreme heat in Australia, you may want to cover it with shade cloth.
    You can grow it indoors or outdoors.
  • traditional uses

    Chinese Medicine

    Tonify Qi (chi)
    Regulate Immune Function
    Strengthen Resistance
    Build Blood
    Strengthen upright Qi (chi)
     

    History

    Astragalus membranaceous belongs to a group of around 3000 shrubs and herbs. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese Medicine / Herbalism and also been linked to Persian Medicinal use.
    Shennong, the founder of Chinese herbalism, was said to have discovered astragalus and classified it as a superior herb.
    
Huang Qi is the Chinese name for astragalus and in english this means "yellow leader,” yellow from the colour of the root and leader as the reference to it being an important one of the Chinese tonic herbs. Traditionally, astragalus was used for the deficiency of one of the Chinese herbalism 3 treasure of life ‘Qi’ (pronounced chee) and translating as vitality, the energy of life.
    It is one of the oldest used, for more than 2000 years it has been used by Chinese herbalists to build up energy and resist disease.
    The primary uses were to treat:
    • Spleen and stomach issue (with the symptom of fatigue),
    • lungs,
    • skin,
    • muscles, and
    • organ health (primarily kidneys),
    Native American Indian tribes used Astragalus for various ailments in various ways:
    • Dakota Indians made the root into a tea to reduce fever in children.
    • Lakotas Indians smashed up the roots and chewed them to reduce chest and back pain (or vaporised for children), relieve coughs and were applied to wounds before they were bandaged. Lakota women would chew the root to increase breast milk.
    • The Cheyenne would use astragalus if you had been infected by poison ivy, for dermatitis or would sprinkle powdered leaves ans stems for inflamed skin conditions.
  • Getting in the Kitchen

    Astragalus has traditionally been made into a tea, but it can also be added to smoothies, juice or raw food treats. We like to add it to hot teas to then be used as a base for a super smoothie as an alternative to milk and water. You can even add it to savoury dishes like sauces or soups with garlic, onions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and miso.

    Recipes in the Blog


    Add 1/2tsp to a Hummus Recipe

    Add to Pancake Recipes

    Add to baked Recipes
     

    Care

    We have packaged your product in cost effective black bags, which protect the products from damaging UV rays which degrade your product. We have also inserted a silica-based desiccant pack to absorb any unwanted moisture and keep your products safer and help them last longer.
    To ensure your product status fresh we recommend storing it in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight, this will also ensure that it is not exposed to additional heat and moisture.

    Cautions

    None that we are aware of. If you have concerns we recommend consulting your health care practitioner.

THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A MIRACLE DRUG. THE GROVE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO TREAT, DIAGNOSE, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
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CHINESE MEDICINE

The Grove principles and philosophies are very much aligned with those of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese tonic herbalist is proactive in their approach to health, rather than treating disease, they carve a path to promote “radiant health” or “health beyond danger”. There is a similar Benjamin Franklin quote "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Prevention is cure is something we believe too.



Those who take medicine and neglect their diet waste the skill of the physician — Chinese Proverb


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