Astragalus

Astragalus root extract standardised to contain 50% polysaccharides

Powerful anti-fatigue effects

Astragalus

PRINCIPAL INDICATIONS:

Cardiovascular (bloodstream), Immune (anti-microbial, strengthen the body's defense).

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Description

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus Moench) or Huang qi has been prescribed in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, due to its multiple reinvigorating properties.

It is an adaptogenic plant with high levels of active compounds (polysaccharides, astragalosides) that stimulate the immune system, cardiovascular and hepatic systems. It also facilitates the action of macrophages, cells that engulf and attack foreign bodies. This strengthens the body, helping to protect and defend it from bacteria and viruses.

Our astragalus root has high standardised polysaccharide content and offers powerful anti-fatigue effects, while improving the body's resistance to stress.


Detailed information

Description and origin

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus Moench) belongs to the Leguminosae family and is known as the Huang qi root in China. It is native to China, Mongolia and Sichuan province, and grows in temperate regions.
It is a perennial plant that grows up to 50 cm, with yellow flowers and many branches. It grows on sandy soils in mountain valleys and on riverbanks. It flowers in August and its roots are harvested in autumn (1).

History

Astragalus membranaceus is documented in the Chinese treatise on medicinal plants, Shennong Bencao Jing (200-300 AD) (2). In traditional Chinese medicine, Huang qi is sometimes combined with other plants such as angelica and ginseng in formulas that have been used for centuries in Asia to treat illnesses such as diabetes, heart attacks and kidney disease (3).

Composition

Dried root of astragalus contains polysaccharides, flavonoids, choline, betaine, triterpenoid saponins (astragalosides), amino acids, traces of folic acid and astraisoflavanin (3)

Our extract

Extract name: Dry extract of astragalus standardised to contain 50% polysaccharides
Scientific name: Astragalus membranaceus Moench
Part used: Root

Benefits

Traditional Chinese medicine considers this plant a source of chi (life force) and blood (3). It also has immunostimulant, anti-viral, adaptogenic and vasodilatory properties (4-5).

Usage, dosage

One dose of our product (3 capsules) contains 750 mg of polysaccharides.

Studies/research

Astragalus polysaccharides (PSA) have enormous pharmacological potential thanks to their multiple biological functions. Up to 24 polysaccharides have been identified and isolated in Astragalus membranaceus roots. These have various functions (2): immunostimulant, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antiatherosclerotic and neuroprotective.
Its immunoregulatory function has been studied both in vivo and in vitro. PSA produce an increase in the number of lymphocytes and gene expression of interleukin-1b and tumour necrosis 𝜶 (both are active in inflammatory reactions and innate immunity), stimulate NK cells, activate macrophages and boost levels of immunoglobulin G and M (3). Together these functions result in increased protection and resistance to illness (2).
PSAs also have exhibit anti-viral activity closely related to the stimulation of the immune system and increased interferon production (protein produced by the immune system that inhibits virus replication) (4-5). They also exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity: one study discovered a reduction in the expression of inflammatory mediators induced by the administration of aqueous extract of Astragalus (5).
Finally, Astragalus root has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, and one study discovered a reduction in swelling and arthritic indicators in joints after administration of PSA (2).

Bibliography

1. Diccionario de plantas medicinales. Cebrián J (2012) RBA libros, Barcelona.
2. Structural features and biological activities of the polysaccharides from Astragalus membranaceus. Jin et al. (2014) Intl J Biol Macromol 64: 257-266.
3. In vitro and in vivo immunomodulating and immunorestorative effects of Astragalus membranaceus. Cho and Leung KN (2007) J Ethnopharmacol 113: 132-141.
4. Fitoterapia. Vademécum de prescripción. Vanaclocha and Cañigueral (2010) Elsevier España.
5. Principles and practice of phytotherapy. Bone and Mills (2013). Second Edition, Elsevier.

Composition

INGREDIENTS:

For 3 capsules: 1500 mg of dry extract of astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus Moench) standardised to contain 50% polysaccharides (i.e. 750 mg).

OTHER INGREDIENTS:

Anti-caking agent (E470b): magnesium stearate, vegetable-based capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose.

ALLERGENS:

This product does not contain allergens (in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011) nor genetically modified organisms.

FABRICATION AND GUARANTEE:

This dietary supplement is manufactured by a GMP-compliant laboratory (GMPs are the good manufacturing practice guidelines for the European pharmaceutical industry).
Their active principle content is guaranteed through regular tests, which can be viewed online.

Use

DIRECTIONS:

3 capsules a day, with half a glass of water at mealtimes.

WARNINGS:

Not recommended if you have a personal or family history of breast cancer. Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.

ADVICES:

Does not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are undergoing medical treatment, seek your therapist's advice. For adult use only. Keep out of reach of young children.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Store in a cool dry place away from light.

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