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Anybody Taking Astragalus?

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MitchMiller:
Thanks for the replies.  I think I will visit the GNC this weekend and get some.  The vitamin stores must be starved for business in this economy.  Normally I mail order but I'm in the middle of my cycle.

madbrain:
Hi,


--- Quote from: fearless on November 20, 2008, 10:19:01 PM ---I've been using it for a little while now and have been quite impressed. This latest research is a bonus.

I take a high potency capsule containing 5,000 mg of Astragalus, combined with 2,000 mg olive tree leaf and 3,000 mg shitake mushrooms.

I've found it has improved my energy levels and improved my digestive system. It certainly keeps one regular   ;D

Yet to get my first bloods but i do feel good.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the report. Where did you find a capsule that fits 5,000 mg of Astragalus ? That must be a really large one. Do you mind sharing the name of the product and where you got it ? And of course, please report on your labs too when you get them. Though, it's really hard to tell what changes are coming from any given supplement .

Edit: I googled a bit.  I think the product you take probably has "5,000 mg crude herb equivalent".  Like this one :
http://www.emersonecologics.com/ProductInformation.asp?BrowseBy=AST43
There is not actually 5,000 mg within the capsule, but actually 380 mg of root extract per 2 capsules, and they consider that to be equivalent to 5,000 mg of herb.

I am planning my supplement regimen for next year. I think I will give this one a try for a month to see how I react to it before I make my big bulk order of supplements in january.

NOW has a product with 500mg of extract per capsule, and iherb.com carries a bottle of 90 for $7.64 .

fearless:
You are correct madbrain - the tablet contains extracts equivalent to the amounts I quoted. Imagine the size of the pill at 10g if it wasn't.  :o. it is big enough as it is.

I use this brand but it appears that it is primarily available in Aus. http://www.naturalhealthorganics.com.au/Zen-Ki-Immune-Defence-and-Vitality-Formula-pr-2389.html

tash08:
Is it okay to take Astragalus with HAART? According to one site it's not. I'm not sure if it could cause the immune system to be overactive.

nowfoods.com says: Do not take with AIDS drugs or if you have an autoimmune disease.

http://www.nowfoods.com/?action=itemdetail&item_id=43845

madbrain:
Hi,


--- Quote from: tash08 on November 28, 2008, 05:13:08 PM ---Is it okay to take Astragalus with HAART? According to one site it's not. I'm not sure if it could cause the immune system to be overactive.

nowfoods.com says: Do not take with AIDS drugs or if you have an autoimmune disease.

http://www.nowfoods.com/?action=itemdetail&item_id=43845

--- End quote ---

Very interesting. I ordered one bottle of NOW Astragalus 500mg, and got it in the mail on wednesday. This warning is not on the bottle. It's probably best to check with a drug interaction checker site like http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/Interaction/ChooseDrugs . It lists astragalus in the list. I am not on meds yet, but my bf is, and the site says that there is no interaction between astragalus and his atripla. Though he probably won't be too keen on taking one more supplement.
I have only taken the astragalus once so far. I only know that it doesn't seem to disagree with me.

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