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Rhodiola: The energy and focus improving adaptogen

Aug 4, 2017
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As we mentioned yesterday, it’s adaptogen superpower is the ability to improve oxygen absorption. This product is mildly stimulating in nature. Rhodiola improves mental clarity, may promote creativity and stamina, helps immune strength and may support weight balance, longevity, and focus.

Also known as arctic root, is grown at high altitudes in that arctic areas of Asia and Eastern Europe (source). It has been said to have been used by Vikings and Sherpas for the above mentioned reasons.

Rhodiola rosea, known commonly in many parts of the world as Arctic Root, has reached a new all time high in popularity in recent decades with Olympians using it to help with endurance. The plant grows wildly in the extremely harsh arctic and mountainous climates found throughout Asia, Europe and Northern Canada, thriving where few other plants do.

It is not only used by athletes to push their athletic endurance. The fact that one little plant can have such a wide variety of balancing and healing effects on the body is impressive in itself. Rhodiola has been widely documented to boost physical performance, enhance mental acuity, alleviate depression and anxiety, elevate mood, stimulate the immune system, increase sex drive and even aid weight loss in a number of high-level studies.

 

Below are the four reasons you should give this mighty extract a go:

  • Energy increase – Rhodiola increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of our red blood cells, making it particularly effective at increasing energy, vitality and stamina during times of stress.
  • Improving Brain Function and natural depression fighter – Rhodiola increases the sensitivity of your neurons ( brain and nervous system cells) including two neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.  Both are known for increasing focus, memory, pleasure, and improving mood. Many holistic medicine practioners prescribe rhodiola as an effective alternative to anti-depressant medications.  This works because rhodiola increases dopamine sensitivity which has been shown to improve mood and also help fight food cravings and addictions.
  • Weight Management through Cortisol Management – Rhodiola is effective in weight management and specifically, belly fat which is directly related to cortisol levels in your body.  One of the many incredible characteristics of rhodiola is that it helps your body burn stored fat as fuel.  Rhodiola contains an active compound called rosavin that has been proven to trigger a fat burning response in your body. Rhodiola is effective at balance your “fight or flight” response which directly is in response to stress. When the hormone cortisol stays high for a long period of time from emotional or physical stress it can cause your body to experience lowered blood glucose response, abdominal weight gain, hormone imbalances and a weakened immune system.
  • Anti Aging – By managing cortisol levels, you are having a direct impact on your anti aging efforts. High cortisol levels for long periods can cause you to age faster and wear you out.  The main effect of adaptogenic herbs is to fight stress and balance cortisol response in the body.

I like the sun potion brand, but tons are available here. I use this as an addition to my morning coffee routine. I only use a pinch as I find the taste quite strong. Not bad, just strong.

 

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