What is Rhodiola? Benefits, Uses, Side Effects & More
Rhodiola, also known as ‘arctic root’, ‘golden root’, ‘king’s crown’, and ‘rose root’, is a type of herb that grows naturally in the cooler, high-altitude regions of Europe and Asia. For centuries it’s been used in ancient medicines, especially in Russia and Scandinavia, and was believed to combat fatigue, and weakness while improving endurance and altitude tolerance.
In this blog, we’ll provide a deeper understanding of what Rhodiola is, the benefits it has to offer, and potential side effects to be aware of.
Rhodiola Rosea is a flowering perennial and a member of the Crassulaceae family. Being native to the Arctic regions of Europe and Asia, it has long been used in Russian and Scandinavian cultures.
The root of the Rhodiola plant is the primary source of its medicinal properties, which contain active compounds, such as salidroside and rosavin. It’s used in various forms, including extracts, supplements, and teas.
Rhodiola is known for numerous benefits that impact the body and mind. Some of these benefits include:
Rhodiola is classified as an adaptogen, which means that it helps the body adapt to physical and emotional stress. Additionally, this property also makes it well suited to reducing levels of anxiety in individuals.
Many athletes and active individuals use Rhodiola to enhance their physical performance, endurance, stamina and ability to reduce fatigue.
Rhodiola can not only benefit the body but the mind as well. Animal studies found that this adaptogenic herb could contribute to better memory, focus, and mental clarity..
While more research is needed, some studies have explored the potential of using Rhodiola in conjunction with existing therapies for mild to moderate depression. This potential benefit can likely be attributed to its purported adaptogenic property.
There are a number of benefits that have had less scientific scrutiny, where medical trials and human trials are yet to occur, such as:
● Antioxidant properties
● Weight management benefits
● Improved sleep quality
● Stronger immune system
To use Rhodiola safely:
● Consult a healthcare professional first to discuss your specific health needs
● Be sure to choose trusted and reputable sources for your Rhodiola products to ensure quality and purity
● Start off on a low dosage and gradually increase it over time (be sure to pay attention to your body's response)
Rhodiola is a versatile herb that has been used for centuries across the world, and following the advancement of research into its benefits, we have chosen to integrate it into our Cellular Calm Complex. Cellular Calm Complex is a balanced formula that calms neurotransmitters in the brain and protects you from the effects of stress at a cellular level; while simultaneously providing energy to the cells while calming.