Rhodiola 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 mental capacity. It is also used as an adaptogen to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.
“Extracts of the roots of this plant have been found to favorably affect a number of physiological functions including neurotransmitter levels, central nervous system activity, and cardiovascular function. It is being used to stimulate the nervous system, decrease depression, enhance work performance, eliminate fatigue, and prevent high‐altitude sickness. Most of these effects have been ascribed to constituents such as salidroside (rhodioloside), rosavins, and p‐tyrosol. It has also been found to be a strong antioxidant and anticarcinogen due to the presence of several phenolic compounds.”
Khanum, Farhath, Amarinder Singn Bawa, and Brahm Singh. “Rhodiola Rosea: A Versatile Adaptogen.” in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. Col. 4, Issue 3, Nov. 2006. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-4337.2005.tb00073.x
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