Rhodiola rosea is the name of a wonderful little adaptogenic herb that originated in the mountains of Siberia.
An adaptogenic herb is one that helps to improve the human response to stress. It acts to increase resistence to outside stressors and helps to prevent bodily imbalances. Thus, an adaptogen helps to increase energy, longevity, and minimize disease.
Adaptogenic herbs help us deal with the stress of our lives and help keep our bodies balanced and healthy.
Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea Root
The benefits of rhodiola include fatigue prevention and depression relief. It is said to enhance mental and physical performance as well as improve sleep and stimulate the nervous system.
Rhodiola root is also believed to contain beneficial anti-aging properties as well as increase energy and help the body cope with stress.
Other Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea Root:
- Helps prevent fatigue
- Improves attention span, quickens memory, sharpens mental focus
- Helps to deal with stress and prevent the damaging effects of oxygen deprivation
- Has an antioxidant effect, enhances immune function, and increases sexual stamina
- Anti-aging properties
- Improves mental and athletic performance and endurance
- Improves mood and alleviates depression
- Reduces high-altitude sickness
- Increases energy and stamina
- Cancer-fighting properties
Effects of Rhodiola on the Immune System
There are many positive effects of rhodiola on the immune system. Rhodiola acts defensively by stimulating certain types of immune cells in the body that destroy toxic and infectious cells that can cause disease in our bodies.
Also, by making us less susceptible to stress, rhodiola helps our immunity to disease indirectly. Because stress suppresses the immune system, getting rid of stress or decreasing stress is imperitive to our health and well being and ability to fight infection and disease.
By reducing the affects of stress on our bodies, we are improving our immune function and our body’s natural ability to fight diseases. Rhodiola is a very valuable key in improving our body’s natural ability to fight stress and thus improve our overall health.
The usual amounts taken are 200 to 600 mg per day of rhodiola extract. For depression, doses of 340 to 680 mg per day of the extract have been known to be effective.
Rhodiola is said to have a more stimulating effect at low-to-medium doses while having a more sedating effect at higher dosages.
Side Effects of Rhodiola
There are few reported side effects of rhodiola, and available clinical data suggests low toxicity. Insomnia has been known to occur in some cases.
Side effects can be typically be avoided if consistency of dose is maintained instead of increasing doses drastically. Maintain your current dose over a few weeks’ time and increase gradually, at least until you understand how rhodiola will react with your system.
Also, avoid taking it during the latter part of the day and with other stimulants, which may cause insomnia.