Astragalus membranaceus, an ingredient historically used in many traditional herbal extracts acts as an immunomodulating agent for the purpose of treatingimmunodeficiency diseases (Tin et al, 2007). Astragalus extracts have also been noted to alleviate the effects of chemotherapy, and it has also been proposed that this plant may possess anti-tumourigenic effects in certain cancer cell types (Tin et al, 2007).Further to this, astragalus has been hypothesized to increase immune cell activity in humans (Brush et al, 2006).
Astragalus is a complex combination of polysaccharides, triterpene glycosides,
flavonoids, amino acids, and trace minerals. Astragalus may restore T-cell (a specific
type of white blood cell) counts to relatively normal ranges in suppressed patients.
Astragalus polysaccharides have been also shown to stimulate pituitary-adrenal
cortical activity and restore depleted red blood cell formation in bone marrow. Again,
confirming traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus has been shown to stimulate the
body's natural production of interferon and also useful for the treatment of Alzheimer's
disease, chemotherapy support, common cold/sore throat and immune function.
1-2 capsules daily with meals.
1 capsule provides 15 mg of pure astragalosides
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