Astragalus Astragalus membranaceus (or Astragalus propinquus) is a herbaceous perennial plant of the pea family and is most commonly used for immune enhancement. It is also one of the most important plant products used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for supporting immune resistance (wei qi) and energy production (bu qi). Astragalus active components include saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. Astragalus also contains an abundant source of potassium (10,000 ppm), magnesium (1,860 ppm) and calcium (1,700 ppm). Most nutrients are concentrated in the root, which are harvested from 4-year-old plants.
Astragalus root powder serves as a good immune system booster if added to your flock's diet. Numerous research studies have proven its ability to prevent and protect cells against cell death and other harmful elements, such as free radicals and oxidation.
More recent studies have shown astragalus can slow the progress of kidney problems in diabetics and protect the renal system.