Seven Springs Trail Astragalus Extract Blend
The Advanced Astragalus Extract
Astragalus has been long regarded as one of the most important tonic and adaptogenic herbs known, with a precedent for its effectiveness both in herbal medicine and in modern, scientific research.
Starting with certified organic, highly concentrated Astragalus Extract (70% Polysaccharides), we fortify it for maximum efficacy at a 2:1 ratio with an isolated Astragaloside IV (5%) Extract. Seven Springs Trail Astragalus Extract Blend has been develop to offer customers the strongest, highest quality Astragalus Extract available.
Each Pouch Contains:
- 1.5 grams of organically cultivated Astragalus Root Extract per serving;
- Each serving contains:
- Astragalus Root Extract (70% polysaccharides) (1,000 miligrams);
- Isolated Astragaloside IV Astragalus Extract (500 miligrams);
- 43 servings.
An Overview of the Herb
Astragalus has been used as an essential tonic (adaptogen) for over 2000 years, first mentioned in the historical Shennong Ben Cao Jing (Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica). Within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), astragalus (Huang Qi) is one of the 50 fundamental herbs.
Today, there is a vast amount of scientific research supporting the use of astragalus—both supporting its use within Chinese Medicine and revealing even more benefits of the herb. A research paper published in 2014 stated that extracts of astragalus have shown “anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant, anti-oxidative, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and antiviral activities.”*
As with many medicinal plants, the active compounds present in astragalus are the polysaccharides. In astragalus, these are referred to as Astragalus membranaceus polysaccharides (APS). Estimations put the level of polysaccharides in raw, un-extracted astragalus root at 10%. Seven Springs Trail contains a base of astragalus extract that has been standardized to contain 70% polysaccharides. At a 2:1 ratio, we add to that an even more concentrated astragalus extract that has been standardized to contain Astragaloside IV (5%).
This is a truly unique product that we developed just for our customers.
Astragaloside IV is one of the polysaccharides present in Astragalus, but the compound has poor bioavailability and it occurs in very, very low levels. This is why an isolated extract of it is needed. What makes Astragaloside IV unique is that it may help to lengthen telomeres (the ends of chromosomes which shorten with age and stress) by increasing levels of the enzyme telomerase.*
- Astragalus is widely known for its adaptogenic and tonic properties;
- Used for Qi Deficiency syndrome;
- A blend of standardized 70% polysaccharides (2 parts) with Astragaloside IV (5%) (1 part);
- Unique, potent extract made with certified organic Astragalus root;
- Packaged domestically in a certified organic, FDA cGMP facility;
- Another unparalleled tonic available from RAW Forest Foods, the leaders in pro-androgenic and tonic herbs.*
Seven Springs Trail Astragalus Extract Blend is found in the following product guides:
What You’ll Find Inside
Each package contains 65 grams of our blend of certified organic, standardized Astragalus extracts. At a 2:1 ratio, each package of our Seven Springs Trail Astragalus Extract contains the following blend:
Astragalus Extract (standardized to 70% polysaccharides) — 43 Grams;
Astragalus Extract (standardized to 5% Astragaloside IV) — 22 Grams.
All our packaging is food grade, and the outside and inside pouches of this product are resealable. The opaque color of the outside pouch helps to block UV light and prevent degradation of the product. The artwork on this pouch was produced specifically for—and inspired by—our Seven Springs Trail Astragalus Extract Blend. We package this item (as we do all our items), in a certified organic, FDA cGMP facility right here in the US.
Chinese Medicine and Astragalus (Huang Qi)
The written history of the use of Astragalus within Chinese medicine dates back over 2000 years to the writing of Shennong Ben Cao Jing (Divine Husbandman's Materia Medica). At that time, Astragalus was prized for its use as a tonic, particularly for the immune system (immunomodulation).*
In the Shennong Ben Cao Jing, Astragalus was rated as a Class One herb, meaning that it was edible with little to no harm on the body. This is different than our modern understanding of toxicity, and as context, many medicinal herbs are considered to have the potential to do harm to the body in Chinese medicine, which is one of the reasons herbs are rarely used alone—other herbs are included in a formula to mitigate the “harm,” (which could be an herb adding Heat or Dampness to the body).
Huang Qi, as Astragalus is known in Chinese medicine, translates to the Yellow Senior. Huang Qi is known as the Yellow Senior because the raw root is yellow (thus the name Yellow), and because Astragalus is thought to be the leader of tonics, the elder (thus the name Senior).
Today, the Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica states the following about Astragalus:
Properties: Sweet, slightly warm.
Channels entered: Spleen, Lung.
Functions and Clinical Use:
- Tonifies the Spleen and benefits the Qi;
- Raises the Yang Qi of the Spleen and Stomach;
- Stabilizes the Exterior and stops sweating;
- Promotes urination and removes edema;
- Promotes the discharge of pus and healing;
- Tonifies Qi and Blood;
- Used for Wasting and Thirsting syndrome.
Western Research and Astragalus
Historically, Astragalus has been used as a tonic for restoring deficiency, wasting, and exhaustion. However, in the past half century, much of the scientific literature on Astragalus has focused on its effects upon the immune system as an adjust therapy to chemotherapy, and on its effects upon the cardiovascular system and benefits to cardiovascular diseases.
In a scientific review of the literature on Astragalus, researchers published in the journal Molecules (2014), that:
In pharmacological studies, crude extracts of Astragalus, as well as isolated constituents, showed anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant, anti-oxidative, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and antiviral activities.
Additionally, in a review published in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (2014), researchers write:
Modern phytochemistry and pharmacological experiments have proved that polysaccharide is one of the major active ingredients in the root of A. membranaceus with various important bioactivities, such as immunomodulation, antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-diabetes, antiviral, hepatoprotection, anti-inflammation, anti atherosclerosis, hematopoiesis and neuroprotection.
Specifics: Astragalus and Diabetes
Researchers have begun to look towards Astragalus extract as a therapeutic agent for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and the research available is promising. Historically, Astragalus has been used within Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of both types of diabetes, where Astragalus "is used to reinforce Qi in order to induce urination, consolidate the exterior, express toxins outward, and make new tissues grow."*
In a 2013 review of the available literature on Astragalus and diabetes, a team of researchers led Kojo Agyemang wrote that:
The anti-diabetic potential of Astragalus membranaceus has been progressively studied in the recent past. Its crude extracts have been reported in several ethnopharmacological studies as potential prospect for further anti-diabetic studies. Recent studies have analyzed its phytochemical constituents in elucidating its pharmacological significance to types 1 and 2 DM. Its polysaccharides, saponins, and flavonoids fractions and several isolated compounds have been studied. They all exhibited differential potentials of correcting the characteristic defects of inadequate insulin production, secretion, and action on target cells.
Specifics: Astragalus and the Immune System
In the journal Integrative Cancer Therapy, researchers Block and Mead (2003) reviewed the scientific literature regarding the use of Astragalus as an immune system tonic. The researchers conducting the review stated “that [Astragalus] increases the production of white blood cells, notably T cells and macrophages, and that it enhances both adrenal and cardiovascular functioning.”
Specifics: Astragalus and Testosterone
In a research study (2015) aimed to analyze whether or not Astragalus extract has any benefit to improving testosterone levels, researchers tested the effects of it upon Leydig cells (the cells that produce the majority of testosterone in males) taken from rats.
Researchers found that with Astragalus extract the number of Leydig cells both increased in number and that treatment with Astragalus extract increased the level of testosterone produced by the cells.
Additionally, researchers found increased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) (an important antioxidant) in the Leydig cells. In conclusion of their paper, the researchers state that “The results suggested that AM injection has a favorable effect on the function of Leydig cells.”
In another study, researchers tested the effects of 18 major Chinese herbs for their ability to increase sperm levels (a signal of endocrine health) In Vitro. Of all the herbs, only Astragalus showed a stimulatory effect upon sperm levels in healthy donors.
As a dietary supplement, adults use 1.5 grams (roughly 1/2 teaspoon) daily. As with all dietary supplements, please consult a qualified health care practitioner prior to use.
No fillers. No drying agents. Never irradiated. This product is GMO free.
The extracts in this product are ready to use, and need only to be combined with warm water for use as a tea. At RAW Forest Foods, we like to take all our powdered extracts by simply adding the powder to a few ounces of warm water, giving them a quick stir to thoroughly dissolve the powder, and to drink in one or two large sips. Learn more about using all our products here.
Store this product, and all RAW Forest Foods products, in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Try and use in a timely manner after opening the package.
For those customers who prefer to rotate their pro-androgenic and tonic herbs, we suggest a schedule of five days on and two days off, or four weeks on and one week off.
Before starting any new medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements (from our company or otherwise), customers should consult with their qualified health care practitioner. This not because we question the safety of our products, but because we believe in the strength of our products and that plants have a medicinal, therapeutic potential.
Astragalus has been shown to inhibit the enzyme CYP3A4, an enzyme involved the the metabolism of many prescription, pharmaceutical drugs. In addition to always speaking with a qualified health care practitioner prior to the use of any medicinal herbs, supplements, and other alternative therapies, for those using pharmaceuticals, consult your prescribing doctor prior to use of this (and all) products.
This product is not for use by those under the age of 18, who are pregnant or nursing, or who are allergic or adverse to any of the ingredients contained within.
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I purchased this RAW Forest Foods product after searching for years for a holistic alternative to TA-65. Just like TA-65 this product contains Astragaloside IV, but much higher quality and combined with an organic Astragalus extract. I am very pleased with this product and highly recommend it to others. A+