Astragalus membranaceus
Astragalus membranaceus

Astragalus membranaceus is one of the main herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It supports the immune system and thereby helps to destroy pathogens. Besides that, astragalus keeps the nervous system in good condition by protecting it from adverse factors. Moreover, it improves the overall endurance of the cardiovascular system thus promoting vitality.

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Astragalus extract 5% | Astragalus membranaceus

Properties: Astragalus membranaceus has been known and used by Eastern natural medicine experts for millennia. As usual in such cases, the efficacy of its traditional applications has been confirmed by modern scientists. On top of that, research helped to uncover its previously unknown but equally interesting and beneficial properties. Since ages astragalus has been mainly used to fight a variety of infections. The ancient medics observed that people who administered this herb could get on their feet faster. Nowadays, these macro-scale conclusions have been confirmed in the micro-scale as well. As it turned out, the astragalus intensifies the production of immune system components such as lymphocytes and macrophages that fight the nasty germs directly or cytokines that send signals about the infection. These effects stimulate the defense mechanisms of the organism and significantly improve protection against infections. It’s also easier for the organism to get rid of them. Moreover, the scientists noticed that astragalus activates the natural processes of tracking and eliminating abnormal cells. Thus, potentially it can be used in cancer prophylaxis. 

Improved immunity benefits the central nervous system too. Even a tiny inflammation within its structures may influence its important processes that underlie each and every aspect of cognition, for instance memory. Thus, by limiting its spread, astragalus protects the brain from damage and the mind from disturbances. Particularly, its active compounds guard the hippocampus – structure essential for correct memory functioning. Therefore, this key area can maintain optimal activity even under extreme circumstances like oxygen shortage. 

Another interesting property of A.membranaceus is related to the oxygen balance. Tests run with the participation of sportsmen revealed that its administration improved performance. This effect was related to the fact that this herb helps the organism to absorb more oxygen and use it more efficiently. Better blood oxygenation means that organs are better nourished and efficacious. On top of that, active compounds found in astragalus benefit the functioning of the cardiovascular system too. Thus, its supplementation is worth considering not only to improve immunity but also increase the training results.

Occurrence: Astragalus membranaceus is a herbaceous perennial that belongs to the leguminous family (Fabaceae). It is native to Eastern Asia, where it grows on dry and sandy soils. The plant is characterized by twisted leaves along the stem, sometimes accompanied by thorns. At the tips of the stems there are yellow butterfly-shaped flowers gathered in small inflorescences. The root of astragalus is the raw herbal material. 

In traditional chinese medicine (TCM) astragalus membranaceus has been used for over 4000 years to fight all sorts of infections, strengthen the organism, and stimulate appetite. It belongs to the group of 50 main herbs of TCM. The famous Chinese medicine book from the Zhou dynasty (XI BC) contains its description. The book called „Shennong bencao” was written by a legendary emperor Shen-Nong also known as “Divine Farmer”. In Chinese mythology he is the patron of both farming and medicine. Astragalus membranaceus is also used by Japanese and Korean traditional healers.

Biochemistry: The root of astragalus membranaceus owes its properties mainly to triterpene saponins – astraglosides I-VII. Some of the more attractive ingredients are their acetal derivatives, i.e. agroastragalosides I-IV and astramembranins. Apart from them, astragalus also contains: flavonoids, isoflavones, polysaccharides, triterpenoids, proteins and free amino acids (e.g. asparagine, proline, arginine, aminobutyric acid, glutamic acid, canavanine, alanine).

Fun fact: In China astragalus membranaceus is also called “Huang Qi”, which literally translates to “yellow leader” or “yellow senior”. The word “Huang” (yellow) refers to the color of astragalus root, whereas “Qi” in Chinese philosophy is the name of the vital force that this plant can balance.

Astragalus extract 5% | Astragalus membranaceus benefits

Improves immunity: Research evidence proves that astragalus membranaceus has immunomodulatory properties. Its biologically active compounds intensify the secretion of cytokines – molecules that respond to pathogen invasion. Moreover, they stimulate the production of lymphocytes that fight with bacteria and viruses that attack the organism as well as macrophages that devour these malicious germs. In such a way, astragalus makes the combat against infections easier. However, this is not the end of its beneficial effects. This plant upregulates the activity of NK cells, which are responsible for tracking and neutralizing any abnormal cells. All these makes astragalus supplementation helpful in keeping the immune system alert and ready to respond to any danger – both inside and outside of the body.

Supports the nervous system: It is proven that astragalus membranaceus benefits the condition of the central nervous system and protects its structures. It contains biologically active compounds that prevent the spread of inflammation within the brain. They also protect the neurons of the hippocampus – an area crucial for proper memory functioning – against factors such as transient oxygen and/or nutrients deprivation. Last but not least, they support the regeneration of damaged nerve cells. The combination of these effects makes astragalus membranaceus an excellent supplement that keeps the mind clear and ready to acquire new information. 

Improves physical performance: Scientific tests demonstrated that astragalus membranaceus has an excellent influence on physical performance. After eight weeks participants who supplemented it could exercise longer and felt less tired than those who received placebo. As it turned out, thanks to astragalus their organisms could absorb more oxygen and use it in a more efficient manner. Active compounds found in this plant help to prevent insulin resistance and normalize the amount of glucose needed by muscle fibers. In this way, these cells receive the right amount of “fuel” necessary for efficient work.

Benefits general health condition: Astragalus membranaceus is classified as an adaptogen, because its administration benefits the condition of the entire organism. Research evidence confirmed that its biologically active compounds help to maintain the optimal blood pressure and reduce the level of triglycerides and cholesterol (especially its LDL fraction). This is especially important in the prophylaxis of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or atherosclerosis.  What is more, astragalus can also slow the aging-related processes down. The astragalosides contained in it increase the activity of telomerase. This enzyme fixes the DNA strings that shorten after each cellular division. When DNA becomes too short, the cell cannot divide any further and subsequently dies. Thus, astragalus increases the potential number of cellular divisions and thereby improves the regenerative capacity of the organism.

Astragalus extract 5% | Astragalus membranaceus specification

PRODUCT TYPE:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • Astragalus membranaceus root extract (>5% astragaloside IV)
MEASURING TOOL:
  • 0.30 ml stainless steel spoon containing 200 – 300 mg of extract (depending on the batch)
  • 0.60 ml stainless steel spoon containing 400 – 550 mg of extract (depending on the batch)
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET foil bag
  • desiccant packet Tyvek™ Microbag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition
  • neuroregulation
  • natural medicine
  • product manufacturing
  • research
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

Astragalus extract 5% | Astragalus membranaceus usage

TYPICAL SERVING:
  • 300 – 600 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 3
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day
OPTIMAL CYCLE:
  • 6 weeks of using – 2 weeks of break

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