Health benefits of consuming Astragalus root extract supplements

What is Astragalus?

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is group of around 3000 herbs belonging to the legume family Fabaceae. Native to northern and eastern China, Mongolia and Korea, Astragalus can grow 16-36 inches in height, consisting of a hairy stem and leaves made up of 12-18 leaflets. This flowering plant has been used as an herb in China for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine makes use of Astragalus to boost the immune system and to fight against diseases.

The medical qualities are found in the plant’s roots which are harvested from plants that are 4 years old.

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Medicinal properties and health benefits

There has been a vast number of studies conducted on the medicinal properties of Astragalus. Most of these studies correlate to positive health benefits from Astragalus including stress relief, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, protecting cells against damage as well as a possible treatment for the side effects of chemotherapy and weakened immune systems from exposure to radiation.

Astragalus is an adaptogen. An adaptogen is an herbal ingredient capable of managing the body’s hormonal response to stress. In other words, it benefits the body by protecting it from physical and emotional stress.

Flavonoids found in Astragalus provides antioxidants that are capable of protecting cells from damage. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Astragalus is used to treat or prevent colds. Modern laboratory tests and studies done on animals shows that it can act against viruses (which are also the cause to colds). A study has also shown that Astragalus may help people with seasonal allergies such as hay fever by reducing the symptoms as well as preventing upper respiratory infections.

Research done in China indicates the antioxidant properties of this plant may relieve symptoms of severe heart disease. This is achieved by the presence of Saponins, which are capable of lowering cholesterol levels and improving the functionality of the heart. It also acts as a lenient diuretic by getting rid of excess fluid in the body.

Studies done in the United States suggest that Astragalus supplements help reduce side effects of chemotherapy. These characteristics are also related to the properties of Flavonoids present in Astragalus which can help prevent cancer. Further research suggests the anti-tumor effects of Astragalus that is effective against leukemia and melanoma, according to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Studies further suggests that Astragalus can help people live longer and to recover faster.

Preliminary studies points to evidence that Astragalus may help treat Kidney disease and also reduce blood pressure. Triglycerides are a cause of many heart diseases. Astragalus are found to reduce the levels of triglyceride in the body, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Available forms and doses

Astragalus supplements are found in various forms such as tincture, tablets, capsules, injectable forms and topically for the skin.  No serious side effects are present when taken at recommended doses, however, it can interfere with other herbs and medications, specifically drugs that suppress the immune system. It is highly recommended to consult your doctor to find a recommended dosage and to make the maximum benefits out of this amazing herb.

References

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Hao Y, Qiu QY, Wu J. Effect of Astragalus polysaccharides in promoting neutrophil-vascular endothelial cell adhesion and expression of related adhesive molecules. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 2004;24(5):427-430.

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Long-term effects of Human Growth Hormones

Ageing is of course inevitable, but we can help control how fast we age. Hormones play a huge role and most hormone levels decline as we age and therefor the effects of these hormones decline proportionately. Unfortunately the end result is a deterioration in the function of cells and our bodies as a whole.

The ageing of body cells is the direct result of a decrease in telemore length. Telemore caps protect the ends of the chromosomes against decline and the longer the telemores are, the better they function. We can eat well and take regular exercise to lessen the effects, but not stop the process altogether.

 

HGH Injections can help preserve telemores but they will cost you a lot of money and the procedure to obtain them is longer and more complicated. Growth Hormone injections are one way but to access these you will first have to make an appointment with your GP as you cannot get them without a referral. Unfortunately, even a referral is not a guarantee you can have the treatment.

The HGH injections themselves are not cheap and the cost required to have any sort of effect is several thousand dollars. In addition you will need to maintain the treatment and the regular payouts for life if the results are to be maintained. Even more frightening than the financial burden is the fact that once your body realises it is being pumped full of the growth hormone, its own production plummets, forcing those who take it to have regular breaks from the treatment to allow their bodies to recover and start producing it again.

Thankfully there are other ways we can slow the ageing process and astragalas root is a natural plant material that has been used for 2000 years in Chinese medicine for its anti-ageing benefits.  Astragalus, a plant native to China, is considered a very powerful herb that can stimulate the immune system and it also contains antioxidants and flavonoids which help contribute to good health and longevity. Astragalus is the primary active ingredient in DNA Plus+, which is produced by Telemore Biomedical with the aim of preserving th

e length of telemores.

DNA Plus+ comes in a very affordable and easy to take form of one tablet daily. Regular users say that after just a couple of weeks they can feel a marked improvement in their feelings of wellbeing. Benefits include skin feeling firmer, higher energy levels, improved hair and nails and the ability to think more clearly.  Clients taking DNAPlus+ have shown a stronger immune system, increased brain performance, improved memory and increased bone density.

DNA Plus+ offers a far more affordable and natural way to protect your precious telemores. It’s designed to help your cells to live longer and to remain healthy, as well as assisting old cells to function as they did when you were younger. Being a more gentle version your body will continue to produce its own growth hormones, so you won’t have the hassle of the ‘stop, start’ procedure involved with the injections.

Other important steps we can take to slow the loss of telemore length is to reduce our stress levels, sleep well, refrain from smoking, keep slim and exercise regularly (especially weight lifting as this maintains muscle and bone strength). In addition we do our bodies a huge favour by eating well. Processed foods should be eaten very sparingly, if at all, and fill your plate with fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and healthy fats such as avocadoes and oily fish.

DNA Plus – an affordable pathway to a healthier, younger you.