One of the great botanicals available today, Rhodiola rosea originates from both Siberia and the Tian Shan mountain range of northwestern China. A well-studied and highly-prized adaptogen, Rhodiola defends the body overall, and protects general health and well-being. Its anti-stress and fatigue-fighting properties make it one of the most popular botanicals in the world. Also known as Roseroot, it has been used for over 3,000 years in traditional European folk medicine. Indeed, Roseroot has an illustrious record stretching back to the Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides, who was one of the first to document its medical applications. He called the herb rodia riza, and described its properties in his classic text De Materia Medica in 77 AD.
A very important step in understanding the remarkable natural stress relief properties of Rhodiola rosea occurred when the Journal of The American Botanical Council, HerbalGram, published an overview on Rhodiola rosea in 2002, which drew from more than one hundred previously un-translated Russian studies of the plant and its effects on health, revealing a potent and versatile natural healer. The overview reported on proven benefits of Rhodiola rosea use for the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular and reproductive systems, and anti-cancer effects. The overview also described cases of improved mental and emotional health due to Rhodiola rosea use, in patients who had not benefited from other interventions, including drugs and psychotherapy.
More recently, however, a clinical study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the journal Phytomedicine supports the idea that herbs such as Rhodiola rosea, not expensive pharmaceutical drugs, might be the best way to treat depression. The investigators concluded that roseroot shows promise as a treatment option, especially for individuals who cannot tolerate the side effects that accompany other depression treatment regimens.
Rhodiola rosea root contains a group of novel compounds which have not been found in other plants. These include rosin, rosavin and rosarin, known collectively as “rosavins.” Each of these has been studied, and each appears to make a significant contribution to the plant’s unrivalled anti-stress properties. Rhodiola also contains the agent salidroside, and protective antioxidants which inhibit the cellular deterioration process of oxidation, which is akin to rusting.
We are all so very busy and running around like crazy. To meet the challenges of life in today’s fast-paced, high stress world, natural stress support supplements containing the right levels of Rhodiola, like award-winning Relaxiva™, are a safe choice for wellness seekers. In human studies using extracts of the root, Rhodiola fights fatigue, combats stress, and possesses both antioxidant and anticancer properties. Rhodiola protects body and mind against oxygen deprivation, enhances overall immune function, and promotes healthy sexual function in men and women. According to published science, this activity is largely attributed to a group of pharmacologically active compounds in the root called rosavins. Rhodiola rosea is a first-rate adaptogen, which means that Rhodiola demonstrates extraordinary safety, offers very broad benefits to body and mind, and specifically helps the user to adapt better to any and all forms of physical and mental stress.
As always, before considering the use of stress relief formulations containing Rhodiola rosea, consult your health professional.