My question is: does radix astragalus INCREASE or DECREASE testosterone? Personal experiments suggest the latter(increased deposition of BF and +gyno) but I may have misdiagnosed. Please advise whether one should load up on this interesting chinese root/herb.
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on July 23, 2011
at 04:55 PM
let's assume that you are using the very best extract of astragalus from say, dragon herbs or something. then lets assume that you are using the correct and ample dosage for your individual bodyweight, etc.
from that point, astragalus is a top adaptogen, which means its innate natural intelligence brings things into balance. balance for nature might mean increased bodyfat for you because you are "too yang" and the root says, "oh hey, this guy is too hot, too aggressive, etc, let's cool him down so he can experience a more balanced life".
on August 06, 2011
at 11:20 PM
It increases it.....and limits shortening of telomere length. Testosterone increases production of HDL particles in the liver. This up regulation increases our ability to filter endotoxin/environmental toxins that got past the gut border, the Galt, and into the portal circulation. When testosterone is low it's correlated with sarcopenia and heart failure and cardiac CAD. This causes more leakiness at the first cytochrome of the electron chain transport in the mitochondria. This leakiness is what drives mitochondria biogenesis but also that affects telomerase activity......and hence affects telomere shortening.
Hope this helps person man!