Astragalus contains three components that allow the plant to have such a positive impact on human health: saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. It acts as a strong anti-inflammatory and also fights free radical damage.

Because of its strong anti-inflammatory qualities, astragalus has a long history of treating wounds. Radix astragali, another name for the dried root of astragalus, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the repair and regeneration of injured organs and tissues. In general, its greatest strength is preventing and protecting cells against cell death and other harmful elements, such as free radicals and oxidation.  References