Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) also known as rose root or golden root has an incredible history as an adaptogenic herb. It was used by Chinese emperors and Greek philosophers alike, and was even revered by the Mongolians for its abilities to heal both cancer and tuberculosis. Tibetans used rhodiola as a sacred herb, and Ayurvedic medicine refers to the herb’s outstanding qualities to soothe the nervous system. There are numerous varieties of Rhodiola, however, Rhodiola rosea is most commonly used as a supplement. It grows in extremely cold, rocky, high-altitude climates such as in Siberia, Russia, Northern Canada, parts of Europe, and the Himalayas.
Rhodiola is one of the most scientifically documented herbal adaptogens. It can offer the following benefits for both healthy individuals seeking better mental and physical performance, and as a curative and preventative agent for those who are sick:
Rhodiola works primarily by functioning as an incredible source of nutrients to the body. It is full of nine essential amino acids (as well as 12 non-essential), healthy fatty acids, and minerals which most people who eat the standard American diet are lacking.
The adaptogenic, cardiopulmonary protective, and central nervous system activities of Rhodiola rosea have been attributed primarily to its ability to influence levels and activity of monoamines and opioid peptides such as beta-endorphins.
Salidroside (Sa), one of the major biologically active compounds extracted from this medicinal plant, works against oxidative stressor hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) and glutamate (GLU)-induced cell apoptosis in a human cortical cell line (HCN 1-A) maintained in culture.
Rhodiola is a plant which can provide obvious, strong changes in the physiology. It is best to start with 100 mgs and slowly increase up to 400 mgs daily depending upon one’s constitution.
Side effects of any type are unusual and mild, as Rhodiola has been used as both a food and herbal supplement for thousands of years. It is considered to be a safe, non-addictive herb; however, side effects can include anxiety, agitation, nausea, hypersalivation, or dry mouth, restlessness, and insomnia. These side effects are essentially those that result when ingesting any mild stimulant.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any diet or program.
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