Rhodiola Rosea Endocrine and Reproductive Effects

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.

For more on how this adaptogen may benefit you if you or someone you love is suffering from hormone imbalances or fertility problems, read on about Rhodiola Rosea Endocrine and Reproductive Effects. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Anti-Stress, Adaptogenic and Neuroendocrine Effects

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

Rhodiola Rosea Effects On Physical Work Capacity

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

Rhodiola Rosea Effects On Central Nervous System

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

Rhodiola Rosea Pharmacological and Clinical Case Studies

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

Rhodiola Rosea In Modern Medicine

So how will we use Rhodiola rosea in modern medicine? To better understand where modern research begin and who pioneered the research that led to our current understanding of the benefits of rhodiola, we have to start with the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. Then we move to the progressive researched conducted by Europeans and Scandinavians. And then where we go from here? Relatively recent pharmacological studies may indicate the way as suggested by this part of our reformatting of the classic research aggregated and discussed in Rhodiola Rosea: A Phytomedicinal Overview.

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Rhodiola Rosea In Traditional Medicine

From Siberia to Mongolia and China, from the Swedish Pharmacopoeia published in 1755 to centuries earlier with the Vikings, the potentially potent properties of rhodiola rosea have been exploited by traditional medicines for centuries now. Even in the past several decades, researchers have undertaken expeditions to remote villages in mountainous areas of Asia only to find use of the golden root for a broad range of reasons. While the long-time use of R. rosea by a number of different disparate and isolated cultures does not prove that benefits exist, it certainly should provoke more researchers and scientists to at least consider the possibility that this supplement is worth further consideration.

In this part of the Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview, learn how early researchers in Russia and Asia discovered and evaluated the first signs of use for this adaptogen. Learn how evidence suggests even as far back as the Vikings this remedy was in use for its endurance and strength improving properties with few side effects. Read on to discover who pioneered this research and what they discovered… and what this all might mean to you. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview

In this comprehensive overview originally published in the Herbal Gram newsletter in 2002 then soon after republished with permission on Rhodiola Rosea, Dr. Richard Brown, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg and RhodiolaRosea.Org founder Dr. Zakir Ramazanov aggregate and evaluate nearly 100 different pharmacological and clinical studies to ascertain the efficacy of leveraging this herbal remedy for various healthful purposes. An extensive list of rhodiola benefits are posited, explored and either negated or validated.

The authors methodically begin with the use of R. rosea in traditional medicine then trace the evolution of our understanding and usage of this potent adaptogen through to its potential future uses. The side effects and toxicity is explored and the wide range of uses, from applications for stress and anxiety through the enhancement of mental and physical performance, are detailed with extensive references cited to support their position. Read on to help determine if this supplement could provide the herbal stress relief you are looking for. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Pharmacology, Phytochemistry and Standardization

Discover the groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Zakir Ramazanov to reveal why rhodiola rosea is the species with the most promising benefits. Yes, there are several species and you need to understand why this is important when evaluating different rhodiola supplements.

Many people may not realize it, but many rhodiola supplements use other species as a substitute or more accurately, as an adulterant. Specifically, rhodiola crenulata, while containing a promising concentration of salidrosides, lacks the rosavins associated with the most potent benefits, yet it is often found in otherwise seemingly respectable remedies suggested for herbal stress relief.

Dr. Zakir Ramazanov also collects several references to research that verifies or corroborates rhodiola rosea’s promise, despite it manifesting so few side effects. With a broad range of mental and physical benefits evident in a number of studies conducted across multiple continents over several decades, it seems this safe and promising herbal remedy deserve more comprehensive research and consideration by the scientific community.

After you read this research and assess the tables and diagrams constructed by Dr. Ramazanov, you will better understand how to examine the different rhodiola supplements available to you and why you might consider this remedy in the first place. Continue reading

Rhodiola Supplements for Muscle Development

While the research still rests more in the hands of the east than the west, rhodiola rosea still holds tremendous promise for athletes looking to enhance their performance in a safe, legal and natural way. In this comprehensive piece of research, RhodiolaRosea.Org founder Dr. Zakir Ramazanov and his esteemed colleague collect and discuss the aggregate reality of the research supporting the use of rhodiola rosea for muscle development.

The potential benefits of this extract are broad and diverse, from providing herbal stress relief to treating mild depression. However, the Internet is ripe with hype and it can be difficult to discern the sales pitches from the real research. I encourage you to explore Dr. Ramazanov’s detailed discussion so you learn why that hype (some of it admittedly excessive and empty) has a reason for existing in the first place. At the very least, it seems exploring something with so few side effects is the only responsible thing to do.

So read on to learn more about the benefits of supplementing your diet with rhodiola rosea if you desire to improve your ability to develop muscles and enhance your athletic performance. Continue reading