Astragalus: The Winter Wonder Herb!
Australian adults suffer from 2 to 4 colds a year with children contracting up to 10 colds a year. That’s an estimated 96 billion colds a year!!! So the chances of avoiding a nasty cold or flu can be slim particularly when you are exposed to those germs from other people on buses, in shopping centres, your work and children. Eating a healthy diet of vitamin rich fruits and vegetables will go a long way to preventing illness but boosting your immune system with therapeutic strength herbs gives you an even greater chance of giving those colds the flick!
One natural herbal supplement which can help strengthen your immune system is Astragalus. Astragalus is a herb commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has a long history as an immune system booster. Astragalus has amazing antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory capabilities which has led to its popularity as the go-to herb to combat upper respiratory illnesses. A regimen of Astragalus throughout the winter months may help you to prevent contracting colds and flu. In fact, Astragalus is so safe that it can be taken all year round to boost your immune system.
Astragalus can be taken in supplementation form on its own or in combination with other herbs, which may have potential benefits for your immune system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine Astragalus is commonly combined with other herbs like ginseng and licorice to get the most beneficial immune supporting effects.
We recommend high potency immune-boosting formulas containing Astragalus which may help to strengthen your immune system against recurrent sore throats, colds and flu. Check out Fusion Health Astra 8, Nature's Sunshine Astragalus and Teelixir Astragalus.
Stay healthy this winter – don’t wait until you or your family get sick! The friendly team at Mojo's Health & Wholefoods are here to help but always consult your healthcare practitioner to make sure supplementation is right for you.
Words by: Sonya Todd-Jones, Dip Health Sciences (Pathology), Dip Practice Management, Dip RM, Owner & Manager, Mojo’s Health & Wholefoods