Rhodiola benefits include well-established uses proven in clinical studies and theoretical rhodiola benefits which many feel confident exist but which haven’t yet been the subject of a specific study.
Rhodiola rosea has long been recognized as a powerful adaptogen, providing a wide range of rhodiola benefits despite having very few rhodiola side effects.
Rhodiola rosea research — along with research on other medicinal herbs — comprised part of the Soviet Union’s zealous campaign to contend with the United States in many areas, including the arms race, science and medicine. It is not a myth nor a legend that the KGB utilized rhodiola to help toughen its agents in the face of stressful conditions.
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One can probably muster some cynicism when it comes to wondering why safe, natural treatments like Rhodiola Rosea are passed over for more profitable developments by pharmaceutical companies. But when you look at the foundation of evidence and promise available for Rhodiola Rosea, you still muster hope as well. Hope that someone will appreciate how and why it deserves some controlled clinical trials in the United States. Hope that a safe, inexpensive herbal remedy might elicit the curiosity of a few good researchers.
With so many promising benefits and so few side effects, I expect this change any day. But in this section of Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, Dr. Richard Brown, and Dr. Zakir Ramazanov implored the science community to explore the possibility of rhodiola research a full ten years ago. I still hold to the promise that the science community will want to see what can be done with the promising properties of this natural herbal remedies. The default skepticism for anything considered natural or herbal should be replaced with the curiosity and creativity for how to isolate and amplify the beneficial properties of something like R. rosea or its rosavins.
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When discussing Rhodiola Rosea, people supporting its use often refer to its many uses and the early research suggesting even more uses. However, I often wonder if its remarkably low toxicity and few side-effects should be emphasized more. While the benefits of rhodiola are promising, I feel they are made all the more intriguing when you consider just how safe it has proven to be in all current studies. With so little risk and so few down-sides, why doesn’t the scientific community more aggressively pursue rhodiola rosea research? With proven applications for depression and anxiety and early indications suggesting use for stamina and endurance, this extract could use greater publicity and more comprehensive scientific corroboration. It appears that rhodiola is safe, inexpensive and versatile. Perhaps it will ultimately be proven limited in its verifiable uses, but for now it is safe enough and promising enough to warrant further study. Read on to learn more about the low toxicity and few side-effects of Rhodiola Rosea. Continue reading
One of the lesser known benefits of rhodiola rosea is that it not only features very few side effects, but that it also shows promise in minimizing the damage done by potent medical treatments such as chemotherapy. As usual, the evidence is preliminary and requires further corroboration, but at least it is promising enough that I believe more institutions should exercise greater interest in either verifying or fully refuting this promise.
If we can determine how Rhodiola rosea provided the benefits indicated in a few pilot studies, we may be able to devise new medications from it’s components that provide meaningful relief to many people suffering a great deal as they endure the side-effects of potent medications and aggressive treatment programs.
In this section you will learn how some pilot studies suggest this adaptogen could provide significant relief to people enduring chemotherapy.
Moving rhodiola research from theory and preliminary to proven or dis-proven is something I would love to see happen. I recognize that not all the preliminary promise will be proven valid or statistically significant, but I believe many people would be better off if we at least knew with some degree of certainty. And I believe this collection of research on Rhodiola rosea antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects should compel researchers to take this adaptogen more seriously. Continue reading
In the following section of Rhodiola Rosea: A Phytomedicinal Overview, we learn how Rhodiola rosea appears to offer potent cardioprotective effects.
The first layer of understanding these benefits involves appreciating its ability to help people endure both physical and mental stress while increasing their energy and focus. But this basic understanding simplifies the specific chemical and hormonal functions of Rhodiola rosea developing beneath the surface as one supplements his or her lifestyle with this adaptogen. And with a greater understanding of these deeper functions, you may come to better understand the promise of lesser known potential benefits of taking this extract.
These lesser known benefits are what really excite me and make me wish more modern universities were conducting more comprehensive research, especially because these benefits may come from a supplement with such a low toxicity and so few negative side effects. Read on to learn more about the cardioprotective effects of Rhodiola rosea. Continue reading
Most people who study rhodiola focus on the long list of benefits that are associated with its ability to alleviate mild depression and anxiety as well as increase energy and endurance. These benefits are the cornerstone of dozens of different effects and benefits of rhodiola. However, because it is also an antioxidant and a mild modulator of our adrenal glands and their cortisol production, we may also discover many endocrine and reproductive effects that may be very beneficial to those suffering from hormone imbalances or fertility problems.
These claims are supported by initial animal studies and case studies conducted by Dr. Brown. While much more research must be conducted to verify the use of rhodiola rosea for improving fertility and helping balance estrogen and testosterone in men and women, the initial evidence is promising. Remember that part of this promise comes from the simple fact that these effects are obtained with a natural herbal supplement with a remarkably low toxicity and with very few side effects. Thus real human trial would be safer than many potent chemical currently used in many long term clinical trials.
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Many of the most promising rhodiola benefits come from its anti-stress, adaptogenic and neuroendocine effects. Rhodiola rosea was one of the only herbal remedies to qualify as a real adaptogen when Soviet pharmacologists outlined and specified the most accepted criteria for defining adaptogens in 1968. The nonspecific resistance enhanced by taking this supplement was established in early animal studies and has been corroborated in recent human clinical case studies.
The promise of low side effects along with a broad range of tangible benefits stirs an enthusiasm and hope for the possibilities of supplementing one’s diet with this adaptogen. The following summary and review of the seminal studies illustrating Rhodiola rosea’s promise focuses on the neurological mechanisms and stress response system influenced or perhaps enhanced by taking this extract. It also illustrates how R. rosea may also help protect both the brain and the heart. Read on to learn more. Continue reading
One of the main reasons people become interested in Rhodiola Rosea is the evidence supporting taking it to improve endurance or stamina. Everyone wants more energy, everyone wants to last longer and everyone wants to perform better. Specific clinical trials support these referenced benefits, and the great news is that whether it works or not, it appears to produce very few (if any at all) side effects. This makes it an inexpensive and safe option for many people to at least try and to see for themselves if this adaptogen will really provide the benefits they desire or require.
From improving work capacity to decreasing recovery time, quality Rhodiola supplements appear to have specific properties that translate to increase overall physical performance, especially in rigorous or stressful circumstances. Read on to learn more about the research on rhodiola rosea’s effects on physical work capacity and what doctors Richard Brown, Patricia Gerbarg and Zakir Ramazanov have concluded or suggested from with this research. Continue reading
With research that began five decades ago and refined in the recent decade, we learn more and more about how rhodiola rosea effects the central nervous system. It is its effects on the central nervous system that is at the center of both the side effects and the many hopeful benefits of rhodiola. From animal research to more evolved clinical trials with humans, the many effects and benefits have become evident.
Many will find this information a little confusing or overwhelming, so I encourage you to bookmark this essay and return to it to properly digest its different parts. In the future I will try to expand on individual parts with more accessible examples and explanations.
From it’s ability to slow how your brain metabolizes serotonin and dopamine to its ability to reduce the brain blood barrier for precursors DA and 5-HT, rhodiola rosea seems to not only have beneficial properties of its own, but it appears it might help patients deal with the consequences of other necessary medications. Read on to learn more about how researchers think this extrac works in this comprehensive essay on Rhodiola Rosea effects on the central nervous system. Continue reading
If you are considering Rhodiola Rosea, you may want some reassurance that it actually works. With relatively mild herbal remedies like this you can’t reasonably expect it to completely change your life, but you may be surprised how many worthwhile uses have been observed in carefully managed clinical studies. This adaptogen is thought to provide a number of benefits from treating mild depression, to providing greater focus and energy, to helping patients cope with chemotherapy.
One of the reasons you may consider taking this extract is that it features a remarkably low toxicity and even among other natural and safe alternative remedies there are remarkably few side effects. With a low measured toxicity and very few reported problems, R. rosea makes for a very safe option for many people. Read on to learn more about the many observed benefits to supplementing one’s lifestyle with Rhodiola Rosea. Continue reading