Rhodiola

  • Rhodiola grows primarily in dry sandy ground at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia. Similar to maca, rhodiola grows at high altitudes. Plants like maca and rhodiola, which tolerate the extreme conditions in which they grow, seem to impart that quality onto whoever consumes them, and the research confirms that. For example, both maca and rhodiola are known to help the body adapt to extreme weather conditions.
  • Since 1961, more than 180 pharmacological, phytochemical and clinical studies on the benefits of rhodiola have been published. Although R. rosea has been extensively studied as an adaptogen with various health-promoting effects, its properties remain largely unknown in the West. In part this may be due to the fact that the bulk of research has been published in Slavic and Scandinavian languages.
  • increased the bioelectrical activity of the brain
  • Was used to increase physical endurance, work productivity, longevity, resistance to high altitude sickness, and to treat fatigue, depression, relieve fatigue and to increase attention span, memory, anemia, impotence, gastrointestinal ailments, infections, and nervous system disorders. In mountain villages of the Republic of Georgia, a bouquet of roots is still given to couples prior to marriage to enhance fertility and assure the birth of healthy children. In Middle Asia, R. rosea tea was the most effective treatment for cold and flu during severe Asian winters.
  • In 1755 R. rosea was included in the first Swedish Pharmacopoeia. Vikings used the herb to enhance their physical strength and endurance.14
  • Extracts of the R. rosea root were found to contain powerful adaptogens.
  • Research revealed that it protected animals and humans from mental and physical stress, toxins, and cold.2
  • Is included in official Russian & Swedish medicine.
  • Extensively used in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries to increase mental work capacity during stress, and as a general strengthener.
  • rosea is an adaptogen, a substance that nonspecifically increases the resistance of an organism and does not disturb normal biological parameters.
  • Studies in cell cultures, animals, and humans have revealed antifatigue, anti-stress, antihypoxic (protection against damaging effects of oxygen deprivation), anticancer, antioxidant, immune enhancing and sexual stimulating effects.2,18,24,38-40
  • Rhodiola promotes the release of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain. Consequently, the cognitive (thinking, analyzing, evaluating, calculating, and planning), attention, memory, and learning functions of the brain are enhanced.
  • Has a dual action of cognitive stimulation and emotional calming that creates benefits for both immediate cognitive and memory performance and for the long-term preservation of brain functions
  • In an open study 27 healthy students, physicians, and scientists aged 19–46 years were given 10 drops of R. rosea tincture (equivalent to 100–150 mg R. rosea extract) once or twice a day for 2–3 weeks, beginning several days before intense intellectual work, such as final exams.58 The extract improved the amount and quality of work and in all cases prevented asthenic decompensation (loss of work capacity due to fatigue). A series of studies using a proofreading test showed that a one-time dose of R. rosea did not significantly increase the number of symbols corrected, but very significantly decreased the percent of errors made, particularly over an 8-hour period.65,66
  • It has double-direction adjusting effects on the nervous and endocrine systems of normally healthy individuals. It is good for helping to resist short-term fatigue, temporary lack of oxygen, and it can help improve a person’s memory, power of concentration and work-efficiency.
  • Consumption of a small amount of Himalayan Rhodiola sacra extract supports a person’s capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen. This is a major key to the incredible benefits associated with this herb. When you consume Tibetan Rhodiola sacra, it is similar to inhaling nearly-pure oxygen.
  • Rhodiola sacra gained its name because it is considered a sacred herb in Tibet and Bhutan.
  • People who consume Rhodiola sacra find that they can work for much longer without losing their ability to concentrate and create. It is a superb herb for writers, executives, lawyers, doctors, musical performers, etc.
  • Himalayan Rhodiola sacra is especially beneficial to those who live under stressful conditions. Rhodiola sacra supports our capacity to handle occasional stress. All this is due to its powerful adaptogenic activity.
  • I always underestimated rhodiola, until I researched more thoroughly started taking it regularly, especially during stressful conditions or when I had a lot of work to complete. I was astounded by how better and more balanced and clear-headed I felt with rhodiola. The best part is that for only $30 you can get a month’s supply of this powerful herb.
  • Make sure you only get a high quality, rhodiola rosea or rhodiola sacra herb or extract, as these have a unique chemical composition. These two species, rosea and sacra, are the most studied and were found to have the most active compounds. The compounds that are mostly respondible for rhodiola’s effect are specific only to the rosea and the sacra species. Most rhodiola products on the market have little no effect because they contain a variety of species and not only rose or sacra.
  • In small and medium doses, rhodiola acts as an energizing herb, however in large doses, it tends to act like a sedative, having more of a calming and relaxing effect.

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