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Did You Know...
... that the powerful herb used by Russian astronauts, soldiers, athletes, and politicians for fighting fatigue also provides phenomenal increase in mental and physical ability?
Rhodiola rosea has a long and illustrious history. The Greek physician Dioscorides was one of the first to document the medical applications of what he called rodia riza in his classic volume De Materia Medica in 77 AD. Both the Viking adventurers and the Chinese emperors prized "the golden root" for its medicinal properties, especially the significant effect it had on strength.
A tea brewed from rhodiola has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions ranging from colds and flu to tuberculosis and cancer in arctic areas of Europe and Asia. But it has only recently become available for commercial purchase in the United States.
Studies of the curative properties of rhodiola have been conducted throughout Europe. Researchers have found that rhodiola is effective in treating:
Rhodiola contains flavonoids and organic acids, which have antioxidant properties and are thought to be the source of its restorative and rejuvenating qualities.
What makes rhodiola such a powerful treatment option is that it belongs to a class of herbs called adaptogens. Adaptogens are incredibly unique in their ability to boost your body's resistance without disrupting normal body functions. This means adaptogens have the broadest spectrum of healing abilities of any herbal medicines.
Rhodiola's popularity with soldiers, athletes and astronauts is due to its phenomenal increase in mental and physical ability. Some of the scientific factors that make rhodiola so powerful include the following:
Furthermore, a review done by The Journal of the American Botanical Council in 2002 found that rhodiola could aid your body in correcting the negative effects of oxygen deprivation, boosting immunity, and acting as an antioxidant.
Perhaps rhodiola's most important benefit is that it specifically targets and treats stress. Current research indicates that stress may be the root of many serious health conditions from chronic diseases like autoimmune disorders to premature aging.
Rhodiola ameliorates stress by improving the body's ability to cope with internal and external stress factors. Reducing physical stress will do wonders for your immune system. Chronic stress robs you of your energy and renders you more susceptible to all forms of bacterial and viral infections. Rhodiola works within the immune system in 3 important ways:
Rhodiola gives you more available energy during the day, while simultaneously facilitating deep, REM-level sleep. It also instigates greater mental alertness and increased physical ability. Even if you're in perfect health (and is anyone?), rhodiola can help your body function that much more efficiently. In addition to the conditions discussed above, rhodiola has documented benefits in the following areas:
The dosage of rhodiola most commonly recommended is 200-600 mg/daily. Rhodiola that originates from Russia is regarded as superior because it contains the key active components: rosavin, rosarin and rosin. Ideally, the rhodiola rosea extract should be standardized to contain 2-3% rosavins and 0.8-1% salidroside.