4. Astragalus can help to boost the immune system
Astragalus has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. The perennial plant has over 3000 species. Astragalus membranaceus and Astragalus mongholicus are the two most studied species as it relates to dietary supplements.
The Chinese used astragalus as a healing herb for liver, kidney, and digestive problems, the common cold, allergies, and fatigue.
Most of the active compounds are found in the plant’s root. The main compounds include flavonoids (polyphenols), polysaccharides, saponins, and amino acids.
Astragalus has strong anti-inflammatory effects and has also been promoted as an immune stimulant. According to researchers, it encourages B-cell growth, antibody production, and enhances immune cells ability to kill target cells.
The herb also acts as an antioxidant, helping to remove toxins from the body and regulating inflammation.
The root of the plant is used to make liquid extracts, powders, capsules, and teas. Astragalus tea to boost immune system offers a mild, earthy flavor with a hint of sweetness.