The period around spring solstice can weaken us, causing drowsiness, depressive changes, lack of energy, and will to live. Often in this period, we are also exposed to excessive stress. It is worth reaching for a natural adaptogen – Rhodiola Rosea – which helps minimize the effects of excessive stress.
What is Rhodiola Rosea?
Rhodiola Rosea is also known as Arctic Root. The second name root comes from the places where this plant can be found. Namely, Rhodiola Rosea is commonly found in places with very cold temperatures, even in arctic conditions. For example, it is found throughout the Arctic Circle.
Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea root is used in phytotherapy and traditional herbal medicine. The first thing we need to know about the activity of Rhodiola Rosea (Arctic Root) is that it increases resistance to stress, prevents the generation of free radicals, and prevents the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
In order to prove the effectiveness of Rhodiola Rosea, scientists studied its effects in patients suffering from moderate depressive changes. Rhodiola Rosea was compared with commonly used drugs from the antidepressants group. They found that the effectiveness of the Arctic root was similar in comparison to those drugs, in terms of improving the well-being during the depressive state. An additional advantage of the Rhodiola Rosea root is the fact that it does not have the side effects that occur with the use of popular antidepressants.
Rhodiola Rosea can also be successfully used by athletes, who are exposed not only to strong physical stress, such as workouts, but also strong psychological stress related to everyday chores. It is not without significance that Rhodiola improves anabolic processes in our body, thanks to which it increases physical performance.
Due to its action on preventing neurodegenerative changes, Rhodiola Rosea will be a great supplement for elderly people who are exposed and much more prone to stress. In the same way, it is worth considering supplementation in people who not only do intense physical training, but also intense mental work. People such as students before important exams, can reach for Rhodiola Rosea and expect positive effects in their learning process.
To sum up, the most important effects of Rhodiola are:
- supporting the treatment of depression
- supporting treatment of anxiety diseases
- improvement of cognitive functions
- preventing the formation of free radicals
- improvement of blood circulation
- improvement of physical fitness
- reduction of oxidative stress
- reduction of physical and mental stress
- reduction of cortisol level
- prevention of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease
- improving libido
- supporting treatment of autoimmune diseases
Recommended Dosage of Rhodiola
It is considered that an optimal dosage of Rhodiola Rosea is 200 to 400 mg of Rhodiola Rosea extract per day, depending on the concentration of bioactive substances in the used supplement. It is best to use Rhodiola Rosea in intervals of 4 months of use and a break of 2 months. In such a case we can achieve stable effectiveness of the Rhodiola Rosea supplementation.