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Rhodiola Rosea Extract

Rhodiola rosea is a remarkable herb that has a wide and varied history of uses. It is thought to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, elevate the capacity for exercise, enhance memory, aid weight reduction, increase sexual function and improve energy levels.It has long been known as a potent adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural plant substances that increase the body's non-specific resistance and normalise the functions of the body.
Rhodiola has a legendary history dating back thousands of years. In 77 a.D., the greek physician dioscorides documented the medical applications of the plant, which he then called rodia riza, in his classic medical text de materia medica. The vikings depended on the herb to enhance their physical strength and endurance, while chinese emperors sent expeditions to siberia to bring back "the golden root" for medicinal preparations. The people of central asia considered a tea brewed from rhodiola rosea to be the most effective treatment for cold and flu. Mongolian physicians prescribed it for tuberculosis and cancer.

Research on rhodiola rosea and other medicinal herbs was part of the soviet union's great push to compete with the west in military development, the arms race, space exploration, olympic sports, science, medicine, and industry. It is a popular plant in traditional medical systems in eastern europe and asia, with a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance, eliminating fatigue, and preventing high altitude sickness.
Stress
rhodiola rosea has long been known as a potent adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural plant substances that increase the body's non-specific resistance and normalise the functions of the body. When a stressful situation occurs, consuming adaptogens generates a degree of generalised adaptation (or non-specific resistance) that allows our physiology to handle the stressful situation in a more resourceful manner. It is believed that adaptogens work by increasing the ability of cells to manufacture and use cell fuel more efficiently.
Since rhodiola rosea administration appears to impact central monoamine levels, it might also provide benefits and be the adaptogen of choice in clinical conditions characterised by an imbalance of central nervous system monoamines. This is consistent with russian claims for improvements in depression and schizophrenia. It also suggests that research in areas such as seasonal affective disorder, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome, among others, is warranted.
There have also been claims that this plant has great utility as a therapy in asthenic conditions (decline in work performance, sleep disturbances, poor appetite, irritability, hypertension, headaches, and fatigue) developing subsequent to intense physical or intellectual strain, influenza and other viral exposures, and other illness. Two randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of the standardised extract of rhodiola rosea root (shr-5) provide a degree of support for these claimed adaptogenic properties.
Muscle recovery
rhodiola rosea has been shown to shorten recovery time after prolonged workouts, to increase attention span, memory, strength, and anti-toxic action. Rhodiola rosea extract increases the level of enzymes, rna, and proteins important to muscle recovery after exhaustive exercise. It also stimulates muscle energy status; glycogen synthesis in muscles and liver; muscle protein synthesis and anabolic activity.
Memory
studies using proofreading tests have demonstrated that rhodiola rosea enhances memorisation and concentration ability over prolonged periods. It increases the bioelectrical activity of the brain which improves memory and brain energy.
In one study, forty students were randomised to receive either 50 mg standardised rhodiola extract or placebo twice daily for a period of 20 days. The students receiving the standardised extract demonstrated significant improvements in physical fitness, psychomotor function, mental performance, and general wellbeing. Subjects receiving the rhodiola rosea extract also reported statistically significant reductions in mental fatigue, improved sleep patterns, a reduced need for sleep, greater mood stability, and a greater motivation to study. The average exam scores between students receiving the rhodiola rosea extract and placebo were 3.47 and 3.20, respectively.
Cardiac problems
rhodiola has also been shown to be effective for cardiac problems caused or aggravated by stress. Its action for these conditions is in its ability to decrease the amount of catecholamines and corticosteroids released by the adrenal glands during stress. The abnormal presence of these stress hormones will subsequently raise blood pressure, cholesterol, potassium levels and increase risk factors for heart disease. Rhodiola has been found to decrease harmful blood lipids and thus decrease the risk of heart disease. It also decreases the amount of cyclic-amp (c-amp) released into cardiac cells. Cyclic amp is related to atp (adenosine triphosphate), the body's primary energy molecule. C-amp acts as a 'second messenger' or liaison between the outer and inner environments of the cell. It assists in the uptake of more intracellular calcium into the heart thus promoting a greater potential for heart muscle contraction. Rhodiola thus regulates the heart beat and counteracts heart arrhythmias.
Cancer
rhodiola has been shown to increase anti-tumour activity by increasing the body’s resistance to toxins. A range of anti-oxidant compounds have been identified in rhodiola rosea and related species and significant free-radical scavenging activity has been demonstrated for alcohol and water extracts of rhodiola. Rhodiola rosea might be useful in conjunction with some pharmaceutical anti-tumour agents. According to the information from russian researchers have found that the oral administration of rhodiola inhibited tumour growths in rats by 39% and decreased metastasis by 50%. It improved urinary tissue and immunity in patients with bladder cancer. In other experiments with various types of cancer, including adenocarcinomas, the use of extracts of rhodiola rosea resulted in significant increased survival rate.
Immune system
rhodiola both stimulates and protects the immune system by reinstating homeostasis (metabolic balance) in the body. It also increases the natural killer cells (nk) in the stomach and spleen. This action may be due to its ability to normalise hormones by modulating the release of glucocorticoid into the body.
Depression
in animal studies, extracts of rhodiola, seem to enhance the transport of serotonin precursors, tryptophan, and 5-hydroxytryptophan into the brain. Serotonin is a widely studied brain neurotransmitter chemical that is involved in many functions including, smooth muscle contraction, temperature regulation, appetite, pain perception, behavior, blood pressure and respiration. When balanced, it imparts a a sense of contentment and mental ease. Either too much or too little serotonin on the other hand has been linked to various abnormal mental states such as clinical depression. Thus rhodiola has been used by russian scientists alone or in combination with antidepressants to boost one's mental state, a boon in countries and seasons where one is deprived of adequate sun over prolonged periods of months. This leads to a condition known as sad or seasonal affective disorder, common to northern european countries.
Other benefits
many other benefits from the use of rhodiola has been found including its ability to improve hearing, to regulate blood sugar levels for diabetics and protect the liver from environmental toxins. It has been shown to activate the lipolytic processes (fat breakdown) and mobilise lipids from a dipose tissue to the natural fat burning system of your body for weight reduction. It can also clinically enhance thyroid function without causing hyperthyroidism, enhance thymus gland function and protect or delay involution that occurs with ageing. It can also improve your adrenal gland reserves without causing hypertrophy. Throughout the years it has shown to substantially improve erectile dysfunction and/or premature ejaculation in men and normalises their prostatic fluid

nonifier that comes from the polar arctic regions of eastern siberia. Also known as golden root or arctic root, rhodiola was highly valued by traditional arctic tribes as a strengthening tonic to increase physical and mental stamina. Widely used by russian athletes especially, rhodiola supports the nervous system and helps to boost mental function by increasing blood-supply to the brain. Furthermore, rhodiola appears to possess anti-depressant properties.
Rhodiola is an adaptogen, it increases energy, is cardio-protective, and helps to normalize heart rate after intense exertion. In research study, rhodiola rosea extract was examined for its effects on the pattern of stress-induced cardiac damage, as measured by an accumulation of certain enzymes in the heart. Rhodiola rosea helped to prevent stress-induced cardiac damage. Specifically, the extract helped to prevent stress-induced release of proteins, and inhibited higher enzyme levels, both of which can damage heart tissue. These findings demonstrate stress-inhibiting and cardioprotective benefits of rhodiola rosea.
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replied June 5th, 2009
Rhodiola rosea commentary
Thanks so much for the interesting post about Rhodiola rosea. I've been taking it daily now for about six years, and have tried more than a dozen different brands. Its an invaluable herb and one that is very important to my wellness, because it helps me in so many different ways. I suffered from a mild depression for years, and this finally FINALLY took that away. The days look sunny again. Beyond that, I came out of a long slump and my fatigue went away (and hasn't been back for years). I have to say, however, that there is a HUGE variance in the quality of the different Rhodiola brands out there. It has a lot to do with where the product originates. The Chinese products (brands such as Energy Kare) are nearly worthless -- my guess is that they are missing some vital biochemical compound in the plant. The Swedish products are good, much better, but still not as good as the Siberian Rhodiola. I have just started on the MIND BODY & SPIRIT brand, from Verde Botanica, and I like it a great deal. it's quite powerful it its effect, but it hasn't got the overstimulation you feel from something like Jarrow's Rhodiola. There are many brands like Jarrow, Thorne, others that I've tried which just don't do much except make me jittery. So, I would recommend people at least try the Siberian, and that MIND BODY & SPIRIT product is the best of the three or four companies selling Rhodiola from that part of the world. Thanks, Deb.
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replied June 9th, 2009
Where did you get it?
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replied May 18th, 2010
I take vitality plus. it's from an australian company ( I live in the U-K) but the postage is cheap.
I've taken a few, this seems to work the best for me.
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replied June 10th, 2010
Rhodiola Rosea
The best I've found in Australia by far is EL8's Rhodiola Rosea.
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replied April 30th, 2013
Looking for a great Rhodiola Rosea Root Product?
I use a Rhodiola Supplement that is all-natural freeze dried and Non-GMO and I love it! Each capsule contains 200mg of Siberian Rhodiola Rosea Root with a minimum 3% Rosavins and 1% Salidroside. I recomend it to anyone looking for Rhodiola Rosea type product.
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