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Keep Healthy During Cold and Flu Season with Astragalus Root


Summer is ending, school is starting, and in the blink of an eye, the leaves will be falling right along with the temperatures. While Autumn often brings about beautiful scenery and colors, it also brings about the start of cold and flu season.

With more and more people staying indoors as the temperatures drop, diseases, viruses and infections spread more easily and rapidly. There is no cure for the common cold and many infections and viruses require an array of prescription pills and antibiotics.

More pills–it seems to be the fix for everything lately.

If you are one of those people who seem to come down with a cold or the flu every year, listen up. If you approach the problem from an all encompassing and holistic angle, preventative measures become just as important as treatment. While we all know that hand washing is key in preventing the spread of disease, when it is coupled with other methods, your chances of staying healthy greatly increase.

One way to boost your immunity this cold and flu season is to include immunity boosting foods and herbs in your diet. One such ‘miracle food’ is astragalus.

Astragalus is a Chinese root that is said to a have a vast myriad of medicinal qualities. Astragalus root contains aponins, sterols, isoflavones and polysaccharides, which help stimulate and boost your immune system by activating and increasing the number white blood cells in your body.

With a healthier immune system, your body is more likely to fight off infections, as well as colds and the flu.

In addition to fighting these ailments, astragalus has been used to help with respiratory infections, diabetes, high stress levels, allergies, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, night sweats, high blood pressure and heart disease. Some of the ingredients in astragalus also help in stimulating the adrenal glands, which are suppressed when one is suffering from cancer.

With all of these wonderful health effects, why not try it? You can purchase astragalus in the form of capsules, powders and in extract form.

So get a jump on this year’s cold and flu season and stay healthy the natural way.

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