The Health Benefits of Rhodiola

Have you been depressed lately? Do you lack energy and stamina? If you answered “Yes” to any of the two above questions, then you should consider taking rhodiola supplements.

Also known as western roseroot or golden root, rhodiola is a flowering plant that has strong antidepressant effects and can help increase energy, strength, and endurance. Studies have found that rhodiola promotes cardiovascular health, improves memory, and boosts the immune system. It’s also one of the best natural remedies for depression.

What Is Rhodiola?

Rhodiola rosea grows in dry, cold environments in Alaska, Asia, and Europe. This plant has been used for over 3,000 years as a natural cure for anxiety, fatigue, and poor immunity. Modern studies indicate that Rhodiola extract is beneficial for mild to moderate depression.

This herb contains five active biological compounds – tyrosol, salidroside, rosin, rosarin, and rhodioloside, which delay aging and protect your cells from free radical damage. The antioxidants found in rhadiola fight cancer and inhibit tumor growth. This plant is also used as a natural tonic and remedy for certain mental health conditions. The recommended dose is 200 to 600 milligrams a day.

Benefits and Uses of Rhodiola

Rhodiola has been shown to improve concentration, regulate heartbeat, and lower cholesterol levels. It also boasts adaptogenic properties, so it helps your body resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress. Athletes use rhodiola to gain strength and endurance, speed up recovery, and have more energy. Another interesting aspect is that rhodiola doesn’t seem to have any side effects. Even though its safety on long term is not known, it can be successfully used for six to 10 weeks.

Research suggests that rhodiola may enhance athletic performance, improve sleep quality, and reduce fatigue and stressful situations. Rosavin, one of its key ingredients, promotes weight loss by increasing your body’s ability to break down fat. Due to its antidepressant effects, it lowers cortisol levels, which leads to fat loss, stronger immunity, and better mood.

Photo Credit: “Rhodiola rosea (Digital painting)” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by talaakso

This post has been updated since its original publication in 2015.

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