Astragin – The Absorption Assistant

A modernization of traditional practices. Astragin combines Astragalus and Ginseng that has been shown to improve the efficiency of how well nutrients are absorbed into the body and also their bioefficacy.  After all, its good to turn up to the job, but how well you perform at the task is what is most important.

AstraGin is consistent and effective product based of traditional Chinese medicine where these two herbs were associated with the Spleen Meridian and it’s “Chi” which is the energy of the spleen in relation to how the spleen then affects and governs digestion, immunity, mucosal integrity and inflammation responses, absorption, and movement of fluids. Modern science has now proven this to be true in how these herbs interact with the body, how did they know this all that time ago!?

The Results

Astragin has been shown to be most effective in the absorption of nutrients from our diet. This is done via the mRNA and transporter protein expression. It’s assistance with amino acid absorption and their efficacy in the body. So much so that it was shown to improve the absorption percentage of the following amino acids and other vital nutrients:

Category Name% Increase of absorption
Amino AcidsArginine 67%
Agmatine 36%
Beta Alanine 25%
Citrulline 45%
Creatine 33%
Leucine 58%
Tryptophan 53%
Fatty Acids Flax Seed Oil 58%
Fish Oil 100%
Omega 7 - Palmitoleic Acid 39%
OtherCurcumin from Turmeric 92%
Folate 50%
Glucosamine 23%
Glucose metabolism and ATP function 18%

Astragin is also known for its benefits in aiding: 

  • Regulation of appetite.
  • Gut health, immune support, and nutrition profile of microbiome.
  • Increase in the function of Protein Synthesis.

Black pepper for absorption?

in recent years we have seen a huge trend spike in the use of black pepper aiding in the absorption of nutrients into the body. With that the debate on how it does this if its the most effective method and what actually makes it more effective than having said nutrient on its own?

Black Pepper and curcumin, for example, this is a huge trend. You simply can’t utilize the maximum benefits of turmeric/curcumin without pairing it with black pepper… apparently. That’s where the industry has it a little bit back to front. Black pepper does in fact enhance absorption, but at a compromise to the body. It damages the mucosal integrity, inhibits the scavenging of free radicals and also inhibits phase 1 metabolism of the liver. In fact, p450 pathways are inhibited so that the saturation can occur.

This study which we will reference below showed that black pepper is a potent drug metabolism inhibitor Oral administration of piperine in rats strongly inhibited the hepatic AHH and UDP-glucuronyl transferase activities. This is why we left it out of our products, we want to enhance glucuronidation for things like xenoestrogen and xenobiotics. You can find these agents in – Gutright, Cort RX and Resilience

How does Astagin compare?

Astragin enhances absorption of nutrients by improving the mucosal integrity rather than damaging it and enhancement of mRNA and transporter protein expression. Allowing more specific nutrients to be absorbed through the small intestine to be transported to the bloodstream to be readily available to the 37 trillion cells in the human body. No compromise to the body, its detoxification abilities or antioxidant response mechanisms.

Astragin improved overall absorption of cucurumin by 92% in 2 hours without affecting any phase 1 liver metabolism actions. Its quite an amazing product!

Where can you find it?

We loved it so much we decided it was a must have in the Vegan Aminos product. Aiding in the absorption and efficacy of the amino acids especially via the digestion process is integral to get more out of what you put in.

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