Meet the Herbs: Rhodiola Rosea
Herbs and medicinal plants have long been used to optimise overall health and well-being, and in this series we will take a deeper look at some of our favourite herbs for supporting health, starting with Rhodiola. Rhodiola Rosea is a perennial flowering plant, also known as golden root, rose root and arctic root, it tends to live and survive in harsh climates and is common to Northern Europe, Russia and Asia, and is often found at high altitudes.
Rhodiola Rosea has a long history of use in traditional medicine around the world including Russia, Scandinavia and other European countries. Traditionally it was used as an anti-fatigue agent and adaptogen, and also for anxiety and depression. It is commonly reported that Rhodiola was used by Scandinavian Vikings to enhance physical strength. It has also long been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for vitality and longevity. It has been well studied and was used by athletes in the Eastern Europe to support performance. In Russia it has been consumed for generations for its nervous system benefits, and as a way to increase stamina and support immunity during harsh winters.
Rhodiola Rosea contains more than 40 kinds of chemical compounds. The root contains many actives including tyrosol, salidroside, rosavins, and procyanidins.
Numerous studies on its effects have found that it has anti-fatigue, anti-stress, anti-hypoxic and anti-oxidant qualities. It also has immune supporting properties. It 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 to be effective for reducing perceived fatigue and cognitive impairment related to this, in people under stress or high workload. It has also been suggested that Rhodiola has a balancing effect on neurotransmitters in the brain, which may have an anti-depressant effect.
Rhodiola has been shown to have great benefits for the body as well as the mind. Studies have suggested it can improve physical work capacity 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.
Who should use Rhodiola?
Rhodiola is ideal for anyone dealing with modern day busy life. Stressed individuals, and those suffering from fatigue, brain fog, low energy and poor concentration, as well as those under physical exertion, or athletes. It’s adaptogenic properties are very helpful for improving physical and mental energy and for fighting the negative effects of stress.
Why Fermented Rhodiola?
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 was shown to be 300% more effective than unfermented Rhodiola at reducing anxiety and stress, and twice as effective at preventing fatigue.
How to use
Start with one capsule of Rhodiola Alive fermented supplements a day for a week and you can increase to two capsules a day after this if needed. Take on an empty stomach or 30 minutes before food, it is best taken earlier in day.