5 Reasons to try Rhodiola Alive
Rhodiola Rosea has a long history of use in traditional medicine around the world including in Russia, Scandinavia and other European countries. Traditionally it was used as an anti-fatigue agent and adaptogen, and also for anxiety and depression. Numerous studies on its effects have found that it has anti-fatigue, anti-stress, anti-hypoxic and anti-oxidant qualities. Here are our top 5 reasons to try Rhodiola Alive:
Sports performance: Rhodiola has been shown to have great benefits for the body as well as the mind. It is commonly reported that rhodiola was used by Scandinavian Vikings to enhance physical strength, and has long been used by athletes in Eastern Europe to support performance. Studies have suggested it can improve physical work capacity, and perceived exertion, and shorten recovery time between high intensity exercise sessions. It supports stamina, energy and strength, and may support increases in red blood cell count which can aid athletic performance, as well as lowering oxidative damage and supporting recovery. It’s even been shown to support immune function during prolonged physical activity. There also appears to be a decrease in lactate production, skeletal muscle damage and a reduction in inflammatory markers like creatine kinase following exercise. Doses taken one hour before training were shown to support endurance exercise performance.
Adaptogen: Rhodiola is a classic adaptogen and helps the body adapt to stress by decreasing or preventing hormonal changes tied to prolonged stress: helping to lower cortisol levels, support brain function, energy levels and physical performance, while reducing mental and physical fatigue. Studies have shown it improves symptoms of stress such as fatigue, exhaustion and anxiety.
Fatigue: Due to it’s adaptogenic nature, rhodiola is believe to help alleviate fatigue. One study found it had a positive effect on fatigue levels, and another found significant improvements in fatigue, mood, quality of life and concentration in those with chronic fatigue symptoms. Rhodiola also helped to reduce fatigue in those doing shift work, and found it effective for those under stressful conditions. Rhodiola has been shown to be effective at supporting physical deficiencies such as exhaustion, low motivation, daytime fatigue and poor libido.
Nootropic: In Russia, Rhodiola is widely used as a remedy for fatigue, poor concentration and to support memory and productivity. Studies have shown it to be effective for reducing perceived fatigue and cognitive impairment related to this, in people under stress, or who have a high workload. It has been shown to be beneficial for brain function and concentration. Rhodiola may also improve cognitive function and mental performance in fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. It has also been suggested that it has a balancing effect on neurotransmitters in the brain, so may have an anti-depressant effect.
Mood: A recent study found people suffering from burnout benefitted from using rhodiola especially in relation to symptoms of depression, and it’s been found to be an effective anti-depressant in those with mild-moderate depression. Studies have also shown daily intake of rhodiola may improve measures of mood in people with mild anxiety. Rhodiola’s effect on mood may be due to its influence on serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain, and many of its benefits are linked to effects on monoamines in the central nervous system.
We use the ancient art of fermentation with our unique kefir-kombucha process to enhance and activate our herbs. Many of the actives contained in the herbs increase in potency, and become much more bio-available to us. Our research has found that Fermented Rhodiola Alive was shown to be 300% more effective than unfermented Rhodiola at reducing anxiety and stress, and twice as effective at preventing fatigue.