You will often find Astragin as a secondary or tertiary ingredient in most supplements. More particularly, supplements that contain vitamins, amino acids, or supplements that want to increase energy.

The reason for this is that Astragin increases the absorption of other ingredients by the body.

This means that you can get better, faster results from smaller doses. Astragin also has some benefits of its own which are often overlooked. The purpose of this article is to take an in depth look at this supplement ingredient.

What is Astragin?

Astragin is a compound made from two ingredients:

(1) Astragalus membranaceus

(2) Panax notoginseng

The first ingredient is a commonly used herb in Chinese medicine. It is commonly used to treat inflammation but also appears to increase your immunity in a similar way to echinacea [1].

There is also some evidence that Astragalus membranaceus can improve stroke recovery rate and improve kidney function.

Panax notoginseng (often described as true ginseng) is a much more well-known ingredient. It is taken to improve mood and is known to improve calmness [2].

It can also reduce blood glucose levels [3], improve well-being, and increase cognition. Additionally, it appears to increase blood flow, making it a potentially effective addition to pre-workouts (where it could increase blood flow and therefore increase delivery of nutrients to the muscles).

Benefits of Astragin

What’s interesting is that combining the two ingredients appears to massively increase absorption of nutrients – particularly amino acids and vitamins. Studies on Astragin have found that it can increase amino absorption by 62%, increasing “the absorption of many amino acids and peptides in the gut” [4].

This can lead to increased protein synthesis, which causes increased strength and hypertrophy. It also appears to regulate appetite, which can help overweight or obese people to lose weight.

If you look at the benefits of the individual ingredients (improved immunity, improved mood, improved cognition, increased blood flow), and the benefits of combining them (increased absorption, protein synthesis, and appetite regulation), it is clear that Astragin is a very effective supplement ingredient.

Should you take Astragin?

Astragalus membranaceus is perfectly safe, with no known side effects. The toxicity has been tested on rats, with 100g/kg being found to be perfectly safe [5].

Panax Ginseng has been associated with nausea/vomiting etc … but this is rare. You should avoid Ginseng if you are pregnant though, so avoid Astragin too.

On the whole, Astragin is a fantastic supplement ingredient, that will fit into any supplement well. Particularly pre-workouts, or even nootropics that are aimed at improving mood and cognition.

There are little to no side effects associated with it, and the effect that it has on training and recovery really help Astragin stand out from the crowd. This supplement is definitely worth your time, and any supplement that contains it will benefit from it.

References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17661330
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20737519
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21619921
[4] https://nulivscience.com/astragin-protein-absorption/
[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12611564

 

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