Rhodiola (lat.: Rhodiola Rosea, a.k.a golden root or arctic root) grows wild in cold alpine areas of Europe and Asia. The plant, especially its root, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine throughout Scandinavia and Russia. Mountainous regions typically face extreme heat (because they are closer to the sun) and extreme cold. Plants that can survive in such harsh conditions have unique adaptive qualities that benefit those who consume them. Rhodiola has long been known as an adaptogen, which is a natural substance that increases the body's resistance to stress in non-specific ways. Rhodiola is believed to help protect the cardiovascular system and having anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, energy, and memory-enhancement properties.
Rhodiola is one the most well-studied adaptogens, and its effects on human health are remarkable. The studies confirmed that Rhodiola may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of inflammation. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that Rhodiola holds protective effects of the inflammatory injury for many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, and sepsis. Rhodiola Rosea is synergistically blended into our proprietary herbal infusion INFLAMMATION AID for maximum effectiveness in inflammation reduction and pleasant taste.
☛ Treats Fatigue and Depression
There are many possible causes of chronic fatigue syndrome: stress, anxiety, and inadequate sleep are just a few factors that can contribute to fatigue, which can cause feelings of physical and mental tiredness and be a symptom of depression. If your doctor didn't find any specific reason for the chronic fatigue, adding Rhodiola to your self-care routine may be an option. Scientists have found that Rhodiola enhances serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin activity. Healthy serotonin levels balance our mood and keep us calm and positive. Dopamine enhances our self-esteem and confidence. Endorphins lift our mood and spirits.
☛ Improves Brain Function
Rhodiola can help to increase mental performance during mentally stressful and physically strenuous times. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Rhodiola is used to protect the brain against oxidative damage and prevent and treat dementia. In addition, some people take Rhodiola to enhance physical performance before exercise or as a way to improve concentration and thinking.
☛ Manages Stress-Induced Eating
An active ingredient in Rhodiola known as salidroside may lower blood levels of a stress hormone that plays a role in binge eating. In addition, the active ingredient in Rhodiola could help protect the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, known as beta cells. Rhodiola is also known for its ability to stimulate fat-burning mechanisms by stimulating the enzyme adipose lipase that mobilizes fatty acids as an energy source.
What is Rhodiola good for?
Rhodiola Rosea has a long tradition of being used to help increase stamina, concentration, and mental well-being. In Russia and Scandinavian countries for centuries, studies have found Rhodiola may help strengthen the body's response to physical stressors like exercise and psychological stressors such as fatigue and depression.
Scientific research on Rhodiola:
Lee, Y., Jung, J.-C., Jang, S., Kim, J., Ali, Z., Khan, I. A., & Oh, S. (2013, April 16). Anti-Inflammatory and Neuroprotective Effects of Constituents Isolated from Rhodiola rosea. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/514049/.
Li, Y., Pham, V., Bui, M., Song, L., Wu, C., Walia, A., … Zi, X. (2017, December). Rhodiola rosea L.: an herb with anti-stress, anti-aging, and immunostimulating properties for cancer chemoprevention. Current pharmacology reports. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6208354/.
Pu WL;Zhang MY;Bai RY;Sun LK;Li WH;Yu YL;Zhang Y;Song L;Wang ZX;Peng YF;Shi H;Zhou K;Li TX; (n.d.). Anti-inflammatory effects of Rhodiola rosea L.: A review. Biomedicine & pharmacotherapy = Biomedecine & pharmacotherapie. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31715370/.