Astragalus - the Anti-Ageing Herb (with recipe)
Let's face it, none of us wants to get old! This is why we love the Chinese pharmacopeia, and their focus on longevity, and even immortality (from the more shamanic Taoist practices). One of the best herbs for helping slow down, or even reverse, the ageing process is one of our favourites here at SuperFeast - astragalus.
Astragalus is known for its immune-boosting properties (for good reason!!). But did you know the herb can add anti-aging to its impressive resume, as certain astragalus molecules have been found to contribute to telomere growth. What's a telomere? Well...
Inside the nucleus of a cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide. To put it simply, as these telomeres get worn out over time (from constant reproduction), they start to deteriorate and get damaged, and we age. By slowing, or even stopping, this process, theoretically we could live longer, healthier lives.
According to a study published in the Journal of Immunology, substances within astragalus root (called cycloastragenols and astragalosides) can slow the aging process by activating telomerase enzyme production (responsible for telomere regeneration). Our dual-extracted astragalus maximises the therapeutic effects of these compounds, making them bio-available (much easier than processing a root!!). Try adding it to a smoothie, cup of tea or hot herbal tonic, or best of all, raw chocolate!! <3
We love this Astragalus Superfood Hot Chocolate during Winter, it makes a lovely, rich drink perfect for dessert or morning or afternoon tea.
Astragalus Superfood Hot Chocolate
1 cup plant milk (we like unsweetened coconut or almond milk for this)
1 tsp SuperFeast astragalus extract
1 teaspoon lucuma powder
1 teaspoon unsweetened cacao powder (we love Power Superfoods Cacao Gold)
1 square dark, dairy-free chocolate
pinch of sea salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tsp maple syrup or honey, or stevia to taste
In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the plant milk to a gentle simmer. Add the astragalus, lucuma, cocoa powder, chocolate, sea salt, and vanilla to the pot. Stir the warm milk mixture constantly until the chocolate is totally melted, then taste for sweetness and adjust to your palate. Serve right away OR blend the mixture in a blender until frothy.
Drink hot and enjoy! (Note - you can replace the astragalus in this recipe with any of our tonic herbs or medicinal mushrooms.)