What is Rhodiola Rosea?

Rhodiola rosea powder Wild Rhodiola rosea grows with beautiful yellow flowers, but the most potent compounds are found in the root.

Guest Post by Sasha de Beaussett, B.A., M.Sc.

Rhodiola rosea root, also known as rose root or golden root, is a plant that has been used in northern Europe for centuries due to its well-documented medicinal properties, though its properties are not well known in the rest of the world. It usually grows in arctic climates, and is easily identifiable by its yellow flowers. When Rhodiola rosea root is freshly cut, it has a smell like that of roses, from which it got its name.

According to Rhodiola rosea: A Phytomedicinal Overview (Brown et.al), traditional folk medicine used Rhodiola rosea to increase work productivity treat fatigue.

Today, Rhodiola rosea is known thought to have a some health benefits, which have been researched in different studies, including supporting mental clarity and stress reduction.

Supports Mental Clarity

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A study was carried out with physicians to examine the effect of Rhodiola rosea on general fatigue, particularly under stressful conditions. It was found that those who were on low doses of Rhodiola rosea saw some improvements in associative thinking, short-term memory, calculation and ability of concentration, and speed of audio-visual perception in only two weeks.

Reduces Stress

Rhodiola rosea is thought to stimulate various hormones that are involved in emotional calming. However, more scientific research is needed to confirm these curative benefits. Rhodiola rosea has adapted to harsh environmental conditions and it’s well known that these resilient herbs have developed powerful protective compounds that may have diverse beneficial effects for animals and possibly humans.

Who Might Rhodiola rosea Benefit?

Rhodiola rosea is increasing in popularity around the world because it is considered a safe and natural alternative to a range of lab-produced medications. The use of Rhodiola rosea could benefit many people, including those:

  • With an inability to recover through rest
  • Who consider themselves “overworked”
  • Who have high-stress jobs, or jobs that require them to stay awake for long periods of time with difficulty staying concentrated
  • Who otherwise want to improve mental clarity or reduce the side effects of stress

For centuries Rhodiola rosea has been thought s to have beneficial effects on our health and wellbeing. Some of these benefits have been tested in order to demonstrate their effects. You typically find Rhodiola rosea in capsules or a powdered form, and you can also find it in The Natural Citizen’s Organic Energy powdered blend. Note that it is important to consult with a medical professional before starting any new supplement regimen in order to ensure you won’t experience any uncomfortable side effects.

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