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Astragalus Root: Unlocking Its Natural Health Benefits for Your Family

Astragalus Root: Unlocking Its Natural Health Benefits for Your Family

Astragalus root is more than just a root. It's a bridge to improved health for you and your family. 

With origins deep in the lands of China and Mongolia, this plant offers numerous benefits, from bolstering the immune system to protecting the heart. Let’s dive into the world of this remarkable herb and discover how it's incorporated into Dr. Rydland's supplements to contribute to the wellness of families like yours.

What is Astragalus root?

Astragalus root is derived from the Astragalus membranaceus plant, a perennial native to China and Mongolia. Traditionally used in Chinese medicine, it is renowned for its health benefits and is widely used in herbal supplements.

This plant can grow up to 36 inches tall. It features hairy stems with leaves composed of 12-18 pairs of leaflets. It blooms with small, pea-like flowers that are typically pale yellow. 

The root is harvested from plants that are at least 4 years old, and interestingly enough, can be incorporated as a vegetable in savory dishes.  This long, fibrous, and pale yellow root can give any slow-simmering meal a nutrient boost! 

What are the benefits of Astragalus root?

Astragalus root contains several active compounds that contribute to its health benefits. These include polysaccharides, saponins, and flavonoids – each playing a role in the root's therapeutic properties. 

Here are the primary benefits* of Astragalus root in herbal supplements:

Immune system support

Astragalus root is believed to increase the body's production of white blood cells and cytokines (such as antibodies and interferon), key players that help your immune system fight off illnesses. 

The polysaccharide Astragalan B, found in Astragalus, is felt to potentially protect the body against several bacteria.

Antioxidant properties

This root is also rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from damage caused by free radicals or other environmental stresses.

Anti-Inflammatory effects

Astragalus root can be a soothing balm for inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce discomfort and promote overall well-being.

Cardiovascular health

Astragalus root is known for its heart-friendly benefits by supporting a healthy cardiovascular system.

Respiratory health

This root helps to maintain healthy respiratory functions by supporting lung tissue and function.

Who shouldn’t take Astragalus root?

Astragalus root is a powerhouse of benefits, but it's not suitable for everyone. Here’s who should steer clear:

  • Individuals with autoimmune diseases: Due to its immune-boosting properties, those with autoimmune conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis should avoid Astragalus since it could potentially exacerbate these conditions.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women: The effects of Astragalus on pregnant or breastfeeding women are not well-studied, so it’s safer to avoid use during these periods.
  • People on immunosuppressive medications: Since Astragalus can stimulate the immune system, it might interfere with the action of immunosuppressive drugs and steroids.
  • People with blood disorders or on blood thinners: Because Astragalus might affect blood clotting, individuals with blood disorders or those taking anticoagulant medication should consult with a healthcare provider before use.
  • Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or on prescribed medications: As with any supplement, it’s wise to consult a healthcare professional if you have any ongoing health conditions or are taking other medications to avoid potential interactions.

What are the side effects of Astragalus root?

While Astragalus root is generally well-tolerated, there are some side effects to be aware of. The most common include digestive discomfort, such as nausea or diarrhea. 

In rare cases, allergic reactions may occur, presenting symptoms like rash, itching, or breathing difficulties. 

If any adverse effects are observed, discontinue use and consult with your healthcare provider. 

Which of Dr. Ryland’s liquid herbal supplements include Astragalus root?

Dr. Rydland includes Astragalus root in 2 of his herbal supplements:

Family Daily Defense

Family Daily Defense is designed as a daily liquid herbal supplement to support overall wellness and immune health in both adults and children.

Immune Formula

Specifically formulated to bolster the immune system, the Immune Formula is ideal for combating colds and flu, making it a valuable addition to any family's health regimen.

Embrace the natural strength of Astragalus root in your family's wellness journey. 

Dr. Rydland’s supplements utilize the health benefits of Astragalus root, among other natural ingredients, to provide comprehensive support for the body's immune system. Each herbal supplement is carefully crafted with your family's well-being in mind.


If you want to know more about the benefits of liquid herbal supplements, our guide on Liquid Supplements vs. Gummy Supplements offers valuable insights.

(*Note: The FDA has not evaluated these statements. These products are not designed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)

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