Having read several books covering alternative medicine I have come across a plant, which is thought to be the ultimate anti-aging breakthrough. Its botanic name is astragalus membranaceus, however it is also known as “yellow leader” or “huang qi”. It is consumed as a powder which can be mixed in drinks and foods. I am very impressed by the potential, this plant offers, which is why I cover it in my today’s article.
Active agents within Astragalus membranaceus
There are multiple agents found in astragalus membranaceus with proven health beneficial action.
Some of these compunds are:
- folic acid
- astragal saponine A, B and C
- soy saponine
- palmitic acid
Mode of action of astragalus membranaceus
As per different natural remedies derived from traditional Chinese medicine, the action of astragalus membranaceus is a result of the perfect interaction of natural ingredients. Particularly flavonoides, polysaccharides and sapinides are of great interest.
1. Cardiac activity
Astragalus shows a strengthening effect on the heart, increases blood circulation and efficiency of the myocardium and protects the heart from destructive oxidative processes.
2. Pulmonary activity
Astragalus is capable to strengthen lung function and to counteract shortness of breath and asthmatic conditions.
3. Splenic activity
Astragalus has shown capability to counteract splenic symptoms, e.g. anorexia, fatigue, diarrhea or intense sweating.
4. Antioxidative activity
Studies showed that Astragalus was capable to inhibit lipid peroxidation by 40% (in vitro), which helps to counteract premature aging processes.
5. Immunostimmulant activity
Astragalus membranaceus is a multifactorial immune booster. It activates:
- antibody production
- interferone production
- natural killer cells
- adrenal cortex
It is important to know, that astragalus membranaceus not only acts as an immune booster, but rather acts as an immune regulator and only boosts the immune system if necessary. This is particularly interesting for people suffering from allergies, arthritis or lupus.
6. Activity in disease treatment
In addition to inhibiting aging processes, astragalus supports patients suffering from the following:
- diseases associated with a weakened immune system
- viral infections
- cardiac conditions
- hepatic conditions
- renal conditions (i.e. chronic nephritis)
- asthmatic conditions
- autoimmune diseases
- digestive conditions
- diabetes mellitus
Astragalus membranaceus provides the following health beneficial activities:
- heart protective
So, I’d suggest, you search the internet for this incredible plant and just try it. It’s worth a try!