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Astragalus – The ultimate immune tonic

You may have heard about this exotic herb from China, but did you know you can cook almost anything with it?

Astragalus has a long tradition of use as an immune and lung tonic. Modern research suggests that it may also lengthen telomeres, improve kidney function, prevent liver damage, and serve as an antioxidant.

Seriously, I throw astragalus in all kinds of dishes. It has a mellow, woody and sweet flavor that is gentle enough for any soup, stew, cooked grains, beans, hot cereal, or tea. I’ll show you how you can easily make iced tea out of it next time.

My go-to breakfast this time of year is oat groats simmered with cardamom pods and astragalus. Here’s how:


  • 1 cup whole oat groats, organic
  • 1 Serving Daily Reset Shake
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 ounce astragalus sticks
  • 3 cardamom pods whole or 1/4 tsp of ground cardamom


  1. Add all ingredients into saucepan
  2. Bring to light simmer
  3. Cover lightly and simmer gently for 90 minutes

Makes 4 servings

This cereal will give you steady blood sugar for the whole morning, improve your gut flora, and help reverse autoimmunity. Beta-glucans found in oats are also renowned immune-regulators.

You can find Astragalus sticks in larger health food grocery stores or online on Amazon. Do choose organic so that you get sticks with a higher amount of the active constituents.

To your best health,
Dr. C

PS. Take the sticks out after cooking and before serving.

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