Named as “golden root” Rhodiola is a plant that grows in Siberia and some parts of Europe and has great medicinal properties. According to studies by Russian scientists Rhodiola fights against stress and boost intellectual performance.
Rhodiola: a mythical plant, known since ancient Greece
According to research conducted on this plant, it was revealed that its therapeutic properties were known to the Greeks since the 13th century BC, at the time of the conquest of Caucasus.
Indeed, it is no coincidence that the inhabitants of Caucasus are known for their great physical strength, their intellectual capacity and their life expectancy. It even appears that the Vikings ate the mythical Rhodiola to multiply their physical performance.
Rhodiola: a plant that was once used by the Soviet Army
In 1960, the Soviets discovered the properties of this medicinal plant. Having conducted numerous “secret” scientific studies about it, they used it to enhance athletics’ achievement and intellectual capacity of the elite in their army, officers, etc.) in order to make them “invincible”.
In 1968, Dr. Breckhman of the Russian Academy of Sciences studied the properties of Rhodiola and discovered the following:
- It strengthens the immune system
- It reduces stress and alleviates fatigue
- It stimulates physical and mental performance
In addition, this plant also helps prevent and treat depression, enhances the memory and gives energy.
Composition of Rhodiola
Rhodiola is rich in antioxidants such as tannins and flavonoids and contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and glycosides compounds like rosavin. It also contains natural ingredients that stimulate the production of certain hormones essential for the proper functioning of the body, such as serotonin (nervous system), dopamine and norepinephrine.
The advantage of this plant is in its ability to regulate the nervous system, while avoiding the side effects of anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants. Rhodiola does not cause addiction.
How Rhodiola regulates the stress?
The adrenal glands located on the kidneys, have many functions including reduction of stress and secretion of hormones essential to the proper functioning of the body.
Indeed, in case of stress, the body secretes hormones (such as adrenaline and others) and with a reaction of the adrenal glands and Rhodiola it better manages all of these “biochemical” reactions.
To date, researchers continue their investigations on this “golden root” and they have not yet discovered all its mysteries and all its effects.
How to use Rhodiola?
Since the early 2000s after the publication of scientific research and books on this plant, many pharmaceutical manufacturers have integrated Rhodiola in the composition of their products.
The natural form of Rhodiola would be the most effective because it contains the essential components of the plant (consult a naturopath before you start to use it). You can find Rhodiola supplements in pharmacies or online. The daily dosage varies between 150 and 300 mg.
Sources: glbrain.com, wellspring-hypnosis.com