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ASTRAGALUS - Is an herb that has many potential benefits, including fighting infection and the common cold, to benefiting cancer and AIDS patients. Astragalus is used as a remedy for weakness, edema, respiratory infections, diabetes, night sweats, diarrhea, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Studies confirm it contains medicinally active compounds, including a polysaccharide that stimulates the immune system. Astragalus herb contains several beneficial compounds that have health-protecting benefits. These include saponins, sterols, isoflavones and polysaccharides. Astragalus herb has been traditionally used for strengthening the immune system and helping prevent bacterial and viral infections.
Astragalus stimulates production and activation of the white blood cells, which fight infection. It helps increase and protects the number of white blood cells in the body needed for a healthy immune response. Astragalus herbs has certain inhibiting effects on molecular pathological changes caused by viruses, increases growth of plasma cells, stimulates synthesis of antibodies, and builds up body defense. By boosting the immune system, Astragalus root may help reduce the risk of a person becoming ill with a bacterial or viral infection. Astragalus membranaceus also stimulates the adrenal glands, whose functions are suppressed in cancer.
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