Astragalus root is known in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years as a remedial tonic. It is recognized as a warming, sweet, herb with many effects on the body’s organs. It is used with other herbs or alone to improve energy, helps with aging, and stimulate the immunity during conditions like the common cold, blood irregularities, HIV/AIDS and cancer. It is also a powerful adaptogenic herb, which means it can increase general resistance to disease and stress, and normalizes disorders in your body’s competence to balance itself.

Astragalus root benefits

There’s a particular chemical in astragalus that can actually slow down the process of aging right where it develops, inside of our cells.
Recent researches have shown that this chemical derived from the astralagus can “get started” an enzyme called telomerase. This enzyme acts to stimulate the production of telomeres. Telomeres extend the lifespan of the DNA. With aging, the telomeres shorten, which gives the cells an expiration date. Telomerase helps to protect telomeres by creating them longer. In adult cells, telomerase is usually “off”, except in sperm and egg cells, immune cells and in malignant cells (like those that found cancer).

The length of the telomeres is very important. Researchers have detected correlations between the length of the telomeres and perceptivity to some aging-related diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (strokes, heart attacks and atherosclerosis), diabetes, and cancer.

Astragalus is suggested to be safe, due to its long history of clinical and traditional use. However, avoid using it while pregnant or nursing.

Astragalus has been used as a natural supplement and in cooking. It is a starchy, tough root that can be added to soups.
If using capsule form, 200mg twice a day is the recommended dosage. Of course you should consult your doctor first.