Eight out of ten people consider themselves far too stressed! Are you in this number? Too much stress or just enough stress? Enough is when a person feels ill by the exigencies of life, which appear to exceed its ability to respond or adapt. The disease often occurs when stressors exceed our ability to adapt to stress.

Overwhelmed by stress, you miss the energy to perform everyday tasks, and besides that your concentration is no longer on the peak! Rhodiola Rosea can come to your rescue!

Where does Rhodiola Rosea Come From?

There would be no less than 200 species of rhodiola, but none are more famous or more used that Rhodiola rosea. Incredibly strong, this plant has the capacity to grow at very cold temperatures.

Looking for a plant that could replace ginseng, researchers have studied the Russian flora for several years. It was Dr. Nicolas Lazarev, a Russian researcher who discovered Rhodolia Rosea. Initially, he named it “adaptogen.” For therapeutic purposes, it is its rhizome that is used as a standardized extract.

The Health Benefits of Rhodiola

Antioxidant, Rhodiola Rosea has a protective action against free radicals, which would slow down premature aging and diseases associated therewith.

In small doses, stress provides the energy necessary to improve our performance so we can get early feedback and extra pushes to help us excel. When intense, and repeated too often, stress can endanger our psychological and physical health.

In the whirlwind of life, when stress overcomes us, it becomes impossible to properly relax and recover. This leads almost inevitably to the symptoms of burnout.

Among the symptoms, memory deteriorates, the quality of sleep decreases and is accompanied by more frequent episodes of insomnia, it becomes difficult to concentrate, etc. In the long-term health problems can manifest themselves to something more severe, because the hormones involved in the reactions of chronic stress exert a profound disturbance in the immune system.

Adaptogenic plants are plants that increase the body’s ability to adapt to various stresses, whatever their origins. These plants enhance the strength and vitality of the body, stimulate the immune system and provide a sense of well-being.

The importance of adaptogenic plants in our lives is the normalizing action on the hypothalamic-pituitary and adrenal glands under stress. Although their mechanism of action is not fully controlled, scientists have attempted to establish the main functions, namely:

  • support adrenal function, thereby countering the harmful effects of chronic stress;
  •  improving the ability of cells to reach a higher energy level;
  •  assistance to the cells to get rid of toxic metabolic waste;
  • more efficient use of oxygen;
  • maintaining optimal homeostasis;
  • better recovery after a period of illness;
  • influence on the metabolism of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, involved in depressive states.

Under What Circumstances Do We Use The Rhodiola?

It is recommended for:

  • increased physical stamina and recovery time after physical exertion;
  • maintaining productivity at work, memory and concentration, in times of stress and fatigue;
  • slowing premature aging;
  • improving the resistance to altitude sickness;
  • treating fatigue, depression, nervous system disorders, impotence;
  • strengthening the body weakened by repeated infections, anemia, etc.

A randomized double-blind placebo was conducted in Stockholm. All subjects were suffering from symptoms associated with a period of intense stress.

Among the two groups, those who had received an extract of Rhodiola for four weeks had seen the rate of cortisol (steroid hormone that is released in the body in response to a physical or psychological stress) decrease significantly. The researchers concluded that Rhodiola has a modulatory effect on the level of cortisol secreted by the adrenal gland during chronic stress.

Another very interesting study, conducted without a control group of 56 participants, showed a higher level of ability to concentrate and better academic performance, all of which was confirmed during tests in arithmetic.

At the immune system, Rhodiola acts by specific and direct stimulation of NK cells (Natural Killer). This would increase the body’s resistance to certain toxins that accumulate during the development of an infection. We must not forget that a body subjected to chronic stress is an organization whose immunity is impaired.

The Therapeutic Properties of Rhodiola 

The therapeutic properties of Rhodiola Rosea are attributed to its active ingredients, which include rosavin, a derivative of phenylpropane, and rhodiolosides. Rhodiola also contains flavonoids and phytosterols.

For best results, choose a supplement that contains a standardized extract of Rhodiola Rosea 3% rosavin. Generally, Rhodiola Rosea is taken once or twice daily, at a dosage of about 200 to 600 mg.

This dosage is considered safe and effective. To ensure that it is the plant you want, and even if the plants that are generally considered adaptogens have no side effects, it is recommended that you consult a licensed naturopath.

Rhodiola Rosea, another wonderful gift from mother nature, which deserves to be better known and more widely used.