The Protective Benefits of Astragalus Root

Astragalus root is a medicinal herb native to China and Mongolia. It is of one the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese Medicine and has been used as a natural remedy for hundreds of years. Astragalus boosts energy, improves muscle tissue tone and assists in weight reduction due to its ability to increase metabolism. Astragalus root, a respected adaptogen, is believed to be among the most powerful health supporting plants on earth; its benefits are many and far-reaching.

Adaptogens are a special category of herb commonly used to support adrenal function. The adrenal glands are directly involved in the body’s response to occasional stress, and adaptogens help the body respond in a balanced way, without spikes and crashes. They help the body adapt as necessary for the situation at hand.

There are three key substances present in astragalus root that contribute to good health:

Saponins have a strong antioxidant activity and may help support a healthy immune response and maintain normal cholesterol levels.

Flavonoids are plant metabolites thought to support cell signaling pathways while delivering antioxidant benefits.

Polysaccharides are plant source long-chain sugars that support healthy blood sugar and normal cholesterol levels and acts as a robust immune system modulator. Polysaccharides are also known to assist the body’s ability to calm digestive issues and help soothe joint pain from exercise.

Supporting Healthy Telomeres

Telomeres are the “safety caps” at the ends of every chromosome. (Imagine the wrapped ends of a shoelace.) They hold important genetic material that is crucial for healthy cell division and replication. These caps shorten in response to free-radical damage. Researchers say when a cell divides it cannot fully replicate to the end of chromosome and some telomere length is lost. When this occurs essential genetic information is lost with it. The longer cells are able to replicate with telomeres intact, the longer an individual may live without degenerative disease or other signs of aging. Telomere length has an impact on every body system.

Astragalus contains antioxidants that help prevent telomere length from being affected by free-radical damage. Therefore, it may reduce oxidative stress on telomeres, stem cells and chromosomes. This powerful plant extract has been shown to help the production and function of an enzyme that helps repair telomeres called “telomerase”. The length of telomeres has been seen to be related to younger looking skin, while the depletion or shortening of the telomeres is typically indicative of damaged cells, oxidative stress and the typical signs of aging.

The Liver

The liver is the body’s main organ of detoxification; it constantly removes harmful toxins from the blood. We are regularly exposed to chemical pollutants and processed food which can overload the liver. Toxins are quick to build up and easily settle in the body, causing damage to cells and accelerating the aging process. However, research has proven that astragalus may support healthy liver function and may support and protect the liver against exposure to toxins.

Scientists around the world continue to study the potential benefits of this unique plant extract, alone and in combination with others, in their search to find ways to enhance our health and longevity.

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