Nature`s Way Astragalus. Astragalus has a long history of use in Chinese traditional medicine as an immune boosting supplement and normalizer for glandular function. Containing 470 mg per capsule, Astragalus can be used daily to optimize the immune system. Often recommended during cold and flu season or during illness to support optimum immunity.
Benefits of Astragalus:
- Whole herb extract.
- Supports the immune system.
- Anti-viral properties.
- Ideal for cold and flu season.
- Easy to swallow capsule.
Take 3 capsules twice daily with food or water.
The root of the Astragalus plant has been extensively studied in Asia. It is most well known for its effect on the immune system. It increases the activity of immune cells, resulting in more efficient responses to infection and reversing states of immune suppression.
In contrast to the immune boosting properties of some herbs, Astragalus can be taken for long periods of time (several months) without showing a decrease in the response of the immune system. Astragalus also has antiviral and anti-cancer properties. It has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system by protecting the heart from viral infections that damage heart tissue. Astragalus also improves shortness of breath and cardiac output in patients with congestive heart failure.
The Immune System
The immune system is capable of fighting off intruders and remembering them so that they are killed off quickly if they invade again. The immune system must be able to differentiate self from non-self in order to know what to attack. If it does not recognize the body's own tissue than autoimmune diseases occurs.
Physical and emotional stress has been shown in studies to depress the amount of circulating immune cells. Examples of possible stressors are excessive exercise, surgery, a long illness, and loss of a job or death of a loved one. The sympathetic nervous system is activated by stress and causes increased heart rate and blood pressure, and a heightening of the body's senses. It decreases the functioning of systems that are not essential for fighting or fleeing a situation. This includes immunity. Stress also causes increased inflammation and a build -up of damaging agents called free radicals. These substances can interfere with normal immune functioning.
Poor dietary habits inhibit the immune system by creating deficiencies in protein, vitamins and minerals. A healthy diet, with sufficient protein intake, supports the immune system because the immune cells are made of protein and are in a constant state of renewal. The immune cells use a variety of vitamins and minerals to carry out their jobs. The most important nutrients are vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and essential fatty acids. For example, vitamin C strengthens white blood cells and prevents the multiplication of bacteria and viruses. Deficiency of any one of these nutrients impairs the immune response.
Dietary sugar, especially white sugar, has been directly linked to depression of the immune system, immediately after its consumption. One study showed that eating three and a half oz. of simple sugar reduced the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria. Sugar also provides fuel for invading organisms, like bacteria and fungus, thus strengthening their attack.
Optimize your Immune System Health
- Consuming a nutrient-rich diet from a wide variety of foods.
- Exercising regularly.
- Maintaining regular sleeping habits.
- Limiting exposure to environment toxins and medications.
- Supplement with immune supporting and nutrients & herbs.
Information taken from the Nature`s Way website.
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