How we pick our products
A bright sunny warm day begins. The trees and flowers are beginning to bloom. But unfortunately you can’t enjoy it because of your pollen allergy. You try to keep the pollen away as best you can, but your eyes itch, water and are already swollen. You are looking for remedies that can relieve these symptoms. Astragalus could be one of the remedies to fight your allergy. In our product comparison, we will introduce you to different varieties of astragalus and their essential features.
- Taking astragalus can help strengthen your immune system as well as cell renewal and health. Although there are hardly any side effects, people with pre-existing conditions should consult a doctor.
- When taking astragalus you have the choice between capsules, tincture, powder and raw material. With capsules and tincture, you should pay attention to the concentration and extraction ratio.
- Since there are no clear, standardised guidelines for the production and labelling of supplements, prices and contents can vary greatly.
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Buying and evaluation criteria for astragalus
The following buying criteria should help you compare and find the astragalus supplement that is right for you.
In the following, we will explain the purchase criteria in more detail so that you know what to look out for.
As astragalus is taken orally, you can find the supplement as powder, capsules, extract or in its original form as a root. Powders and tinctures work well as an addition to your meals and drinks. While the dried root can often be infused as a tea or added to soups. It depends on your individual preference how you take astragalus.
The best known and most commonly used species of astragalus is Astragalus Membranaceus, also known as Astragalus Propinquus, Astragalus Mongholicus, Mongolian tragacanth, Chinese tragacanth, buckthorn or Huang Qi. Occasionally, Astragalus Glycyphyllos and Astragalus Gummifer are also used. However, most Astragalus species are poisonous or are used as animal feed.
As with other supplements and medications, you should be careful how concentrated the astragalus product is. This way you can avoid under- or overdosing.
If possible, the astragalus ingredients should not contain any additives such as lactose, gluten or dyes, but only the astragalus root itself. Astragalus leaves, flowers or seeds should also not be added.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about astragalus answered in detail
What is astragalus?
How does astragalus work?
Astragalus glycyphyllos or astragalus gummifer can help with coughs and kidney weakness. Expectant and new mothers can benefit from better milk production.
What side effects can occur when taking astragalus?
Who is astragalus suitable for?
- Pregnant women
- Autoimmune patients
- Transplant patients
- Cancer patients
How much astragalus can you take?
How much does astragalus cost?
|Price range||Astragalus Supplement|
|Low-priced (0.10 – 0.20 €/piece or 100 – 200 €/kg)||usually little content, low concentration, many fillers and additives|
|Medium-priced (0.20 – 0.50 €/piece or 200 – 300 €/kg)||Mostly some additives and fillers|
|High-priced (from 0.50 €/piece or from 300 €/kg)||Mostly much content, high concentration, no admixture of additives or fillers, pure astragalus root|
As there are unfortunately no guidelines for astragalus supplements at the moment, prices can vary greatly. Manufacturers can currently still charge high prices for mediocre products.
The yellow Astragalus Membranaceus root has been considered a medicinal plant in China for thousands of years. It strengthens the immune system both preventively and acutely and alleviates allergies such as hay fever. When buying, pay special attention to the ingredients and the concentration content of the tragacanth root. We hope that this guide has helped you with your purchase decision. If you take astragalus in combination with other supplements or medicines, we recommend that you consult a doctor. This way you can ensure that all the active ingredients can develop optimally.
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