Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a type of flowering plant. The root has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Astragalus is considered an adaptogen. Adaptogens are a class of natural substances that are believed to stimulate the body’s resistance to physical, environmental, and emotional stressors. The chemicals in astragalus also seem to stimulate the immune system and reduce swelling. Though there are over 2,000 species of astragalus, only two are primarily used in supplements — Astragalus membranaceus and Astragalus mongholicus
- Astragalus helps improve heart functionin those with certain heart conditions. It’s thought to widen your blood vessels and increase the amount of blood pumped from your heart
- Astragalus contains beneficial plant compounds that enhance your immune system
- The active compounds in astragalus root help lower blood sugarlevels in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
- Astragalus support kidney healthby improving blood flow and laboratory markers of kidney function, such as measures of protein in the urine.. Proteinuria is a condition in which abnormal amounts of protein are found in urine, which is a sign that the kidneys may be damaged or not functioning normally. Astragalus has been shown to improve proteinuria in several studies involving individuals with kidney disease.