It is grown in the cold mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. The roots are considered to be adaptogens which means when consumed it helps the body to adapt to stress. It is also known as arctic root, or golden root, and the scientific name for it is, “Rhodiola Rosea.” The root contains over 140 active ingredients, the two most potent being rosavin and salidroside. For centuries people in Russia and Scandinavia have used it to treat stress, anxiety and depression.
DECREASES STRESS - The modern world pace is hectic. This herb increases your body’s resistance to stress. It has also shown to improve events of burn- out which occurs as a result of chronic stress.
FIGHTS FATIGUE - Stress, anxiety and inadequate sleep are just a few factors contributing to fatigue which results in mental and physical tiredness. The adaptogens are believed to help alleviate this fatigue. In one study 100 participants received 400mg of the herb daily for 8 weeks. They experienced significant reduction in stress, and fatigue while the quality of life was improved.
DEPRESSION - This illness negatively affects how you feel and act. It is thought to occur when the neurotransmitters in the brain become unbalanced.
BRAIN FUNCTION - Exercise, good nutrition and a good night’s sleep are sure ways to keep the brain healthy and strong. In a study with 56 physicians working the night duty and given 170 mg of the herb, their work performance was greatly enhanced. After taking the herb for 20 days, students in this study experienced significantly reduced mental fatigue and improved sleep patterns.
DIABETES - Animal research suggests that the herb can improve diabetes control. It was shown to lower blood sugar in diabetic rats. Remember to check with your health care provider about using the herb.