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Science-Based Health Benefits of Astragalus

Science-Based Health Benefits of Astragalus

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), commonly known as huáng qí or Mongolian milkvetch, is a flowering plant that is one of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese herbal medicine and it functions as an adaptogen. Traditionally it has been used to treat the common cold.

It contains many bioactive compounds including polysaccharides, triterpenoids and isoflavones. As an extract it’s typically standardized to contain a certain percentage of polysaccharides since they’re the most bioactive.

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1. Boosts Immunity

Astragalus can help increase immunity by stimulating the immune system.

In a review of several studies, a 2 month study with 14 health volunteers showed astragalus significantly stimulated the production of white blood cells which are used by the immune system to help fight infections. Another study reported that astragalus increased the production of antibodies by the immune system.1

A 2012 study also shows astragalus extract can help increase immune response through the activation of macrophages.2

Multiple other studies have found astragalus may be able to act as an antiviral against several different viruses including hepatitis B.3,4,5

Astragalus can help increase immunity by activating immune cells and antibodies.

2. Heart Health

Astragalus may also improve heart health and function.

In a 2012 study researchers found the antioxidants in astragalus were able to significantly reduce total and LDL cholesterol by reducing oxidative stress. The researchers concluded that astragalus may be able help improve cardiovascular disease.6

In another clinical study, astragalus was able to improve heart function in patients with chronic heart failure.7

Astragalus may help improve heart health and function.


Astragalus is an important plant that may help improve immune health.*

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