Rhodiola is a herb that grows in the cold, mountainous regions of Europe and Asia and it is one of the best-studied and most potent adaptogens. Rhodiola is also known as 'roseroot' or 'golden root' and sometimes called 'the ginseng of the North.' It has been used as a tonic for over a thousand years; the Vikings and Sherpa people of ancient times turned to rhodiola to enhance their strength. In ancient China, emperors sent their constituents on expeditions to Siberia in search of rhodiola and people brewed a tea from this herb in order to treat colds and the flu and promote longevity. In fact, some Siberian families kept the location of their rhodiola rosea crops a secret and would trade the herb for honey, wine and fruit.
Rhodiola root contains more than 140 active ingredients, with the two most potent being rosavin and salidroside. It is significantly neuro-protective and can be used to reduce stress, combat fatigue, increase mental performance and improve physical and mental fitness and resilience. This herb is fast-acting and helps increase the availability of energy during the day while its anti-stress effects help lower anxiousness, which promotes restful sleep at night.
Rhodiola acts on the sympatho-adrenal-system (SAS) to provide a rapid response to a stressor by suppressing the production of cortisol. It increases levels of natural endorphins that are associated with feelings of euphoria, motivation, focus, enjoyment and calmness; sustaining levels of neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
Rhodiola can also clear brain fog and improve cognitive function. It does this by improving connections and communication between brain cells. In one study, doctors who took rhodiola every day for two weeks had better memory, concentration, calculation and responded better to audio and visual cues.
Those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder or ADHD will find valid help from this nerve tonic herb. Rhodiola may be used as an adjunctive with other modalities to manage mild to moderate depression, anxiety and other associated symptoms.
The wonderful herb rhodiola rosea increases energy, stamina, strength, and improves athletic performance. It helps prevent the blunting of anabolic hormones and inhibits the rise of catabolic hormones, ultimately leading to greater gains in muscle size and strength.
One of the most compelling benefits of energy-boosting rhodiola is its capacity to improve thyroid function. It has been proven to help people with all the factors they need to lose weight by improving glucose and lipid metabolism with its hormone-sensitive compound that has the ability to break down fat stored in the belly area. If rhodiola is taken while also performing moderate exercise regularly, people may experience an even greater amount of belly fat loss.
Rhodiola rosea is the subject of promising research that confirms its protective effects of inflammatory damage for many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, sepsis and cancer. The salidroside compound in rhodiola has also been shown to help protect against diabetes and diabetic nephropathy. Hopefully this plant will further reveal why it has enjoyed such a long history of medicinal use in Russia, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.
If physical stamina and higher energy levels are what you're looking for, choose rhodiola. Of course, you can always combine ashwagandha with it for the maximum amount of benefits.