History and Benefits:
Rhodiola Root (Rhodiola rosea) is commonly referred to as golden root, rose root, roseroot, Aaron’s rod, Arctic root, king’s crown, lignum rhodium, orpin rose. It is a perennial flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae. The root can be brewed as a tea or strong tonic. Rhodiola tea is most commonly used to increase energy, endurance, strength, and cognitive performance. It is also used as an adaptogen to help the body adapt to and ward off physical, chemical, and environmental stress. What are adaptogens? They are are plant extracts that allow an organism to counteract adverse physical, chemical, and biological stressors by generating nonspecific resistance. Adaptogens are known to increase the availability of energy during the day, reduce stressed feelings, increase endurance, and increase mental alertness (Rhodiola rosea: A Versatile Adaptogen).
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“Known to have neuroprotective, cardio-protective, anti-oxidative and anti-carcinogenic effects, Rhodiola rosea extracts have also been shown to improve energy, mood, cognitive function and memory.” Source: Pause menopause with Rhodiola rosea, a natural selective estrogen receptor modulator
“Various compounds have been reported to be isolated from R. kirilowii and R. rosea, including cyanogenic
glycosides, monoterpene alcohols and their glycosides, aryl glycosides, phenylethanoids, phenylpropanoids and their
glycosides (salidroside and rosavins respectively), as well as flavonoids, flavonlignans, proanthocyanidins and gallic acid derivatives and the latter have free radical scavenging capacity. The benefits claimed for Rhodiola include adapogenic, neuroprotective, anti-depresive anti-tumour and cardioprotective activities.” Source: Approaches of Rhodiola kirilowii and Rhodiola rosea field cultivation in Poland and their potential health benefits
In this study, 10 participant with generalized anxiety disorder, between the ages of 34 and 55, received a total daily dose of 340 mg of Rhodiola rosea extract for 10 weeks. The results showed a significant improvement in generalized anxiety disorder symptoms with Rhodoila rosea. A Pilot Study of Rhodiola rosea for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)