Adaptogens have earned their title for a common sense reason: by assisting your body to regulate key hormones and chemicals, they are supposed to help your body adapt to mental and physical duress. While rhodiola rosea may be the lesser known of the adaptogens compared to ginseng, the accumulating evidence supporting its use is helping it become more and more common among the shelves of both natural and conventional grocery stores. Continue reading
Understanding the many different ways rhodiola rosea works and why this adaptogen transcends the nebulous hype of most natural herbal remedies can be a bit challenging. Over the years I’ve received thousands of different questions through this website, and most of them tend to center around a few of the same themes.
From understanding why one would want to take rhodiola rosea to understanding how to cope with potential side effects, the questions I’ve received have had a distinct and reoccurring theme. So to help people find quick answers to their most pressing questions I have gathered these questions and answers together into a single, succinct FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). I hope this helps you quickly grasp the benefits of rhodiola and the most pertinent facts about what it is, where it comes from and how it should be used. Read on to read the most common rhodiola questions and their answers. Continue reading
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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It’s normal to feel a little blue, or down in the dumps from time to time. Ups and downs are just a normal part of the human experience. But if you find yourself feeling down more often than not, it may be time to do something about it.
Experiencing mild depression or a long-lasting case of the blues can have a significant impact in your life. Besides decreasing your quality of life it can impact your ability to make good decisions, including how and what you eat, how you take care of yourself and it can even impact your perception of the positive things going on around you at any given time.
On a positive note there are a number of relatively simple things you can do to help improve your outlook on life. Continue reading
Ashwagandha, sometimes referred to as Indian ginseng, is a natural herbal remedy with a long history of use, and a strong following. Many people are skeptical of the limited conventional science on this adaptogen, and believe ashwagandha’s very long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine corroborates its genuine potency and efficacy. In the context of rhodiola rosea, ashwagandha may have a larger and more ardent following, but ironically, it features far less modern, scientific evidence to support its efficacy.
While ashwagandha side effects are mild and few, it is important to understand them before taking this herbal remedy. Read more to learn about the specific uses and side effects of ashwagandha. 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
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
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
Can the Russian root Rhodiola Rosea be good for your health and provide you with the safe herbal stress relief you are looking for? Researches believe there is real promise in this adaptogenic herbal remedy.
Read Newsweek’s article on the beginning of this phenomenon to learn how scientists and researchers were excited about the benefits of rhodiola back in 2003.
What began with exciting research conduced by Dr. Zakir Ramazanov was ignited by research published in the Phytomedicine Journal and then corroborated by research pursued in the United States by UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and the Columbia University Medical Center (and published in The Rhodiola Revolution). Read on to better understand the origins and continued hope of this herbal stress buster, the adaptogen rhodiola rosea extract, an herbal remedy with great benefits yet very few side effects. Continue reading