Rhodiola Rosea is a plant that's found in the continents of Europe, Asia, and North America. It's also called Arctic Root, Roseroot, Golden Root, and Aaron’s Rod.
This plant has been used for centuries for medical benefit. Dioscorides, a noted Roman physician, referenced it in his work back in 77 CE. In traditional Chinese medicine (where it's called hong jing tian) it's prescribed as a body and mind energy tonic. People from Scandinavian countries have long been using it as an anti-fatigue tonic to help them endure the long winter seasons and stave off cabin fever.
Benefits of Rhodiola
It's a highly potent adaptogen, which improves the body’s overall defense system. While also optimizing functioning. It’s believed to increase energy levels, stabilize mood, helps weight loss, boost the nervous system, enhance memory, improve immunity, ease depression, and enhance mental performance.
Clinical studies showed it significantly improved the ability to recall and concentration over a prolonged period. Enhancing the electrical activity within the brain, thus improving mental energy and memory.
A further study showed a 50 mg dose of the herb’s extract twice a day for 20-days improved mental performance, physical fitness, as well as overall well-being. Also noted was improved sleep, less mental fatigue, a more stable mood and increased motivation to study.
How Rhodiola Rosea Works
Rhodiola Rosea contains 140 compounds in the roots and rhizome. Critically it contains rosarian, rosavin, and rosin. Collectively known as rosavins.
Rosavin, Rosarin, Rosin, Tyrosol, and Salidroside must all be present for Rhodiola to work. The first three are only in Rhodiola Rosea. The synergy between these chemicals must happen for the herb to be effective.
To be effective the supplement must contain pure Rhodiola Rosea and contain at least 3% rosavins and 1% salidroside.
Studies have shown that Rhodiola has neuroprotective effects on organs, tissues, cells, and enzymes. It also has cardioprotective, anti-depressive, anti-fatigue and has life-extension qualities.
Rhodiola Rosea is safe to use and is usually well-tolerated. The daily recommended dosage is between 100mg to 600mg. Although it's always recommended you get advice from your healthcare professional.
Possible Side Effects
One study tested the effects of Rhodiola on healthy physicians working night duty. The physicians were observed on the ability to calculate, associative thinking, perception, focus, and concentration. The group taking Rhodiola showed clinically significant improvements in the tests they undertook compared to the placebo group. The physicians taking Rhodiola reported no side effects.
It must be noted that there the extracts from the plant vary in composition from region to region, which means that the effects of Rhodiola may also vary depending on the area from where it was gathered. There are also a few known side effects from Rhodiola, including stomach upset, restlessness, nausea, hyper-salivation, and sleeplessness.
Rhodiola Rosea pairs well with a variety of common Nootropics like St. John’s Wort, Siberian Ginseng, Cranberry Water extract and Lemonwood.
Stress can be helped by stacking Lemonwood or Siberian Ginseng with Rhodiola Rosea. Research has also shown it can have an adaptogenic impact on the body. Limiting the amount of stress the system experiences in stressful situations. Some research even suggests a link to a longer lifespan in people who have taken this stack.
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