We live in challenging and stressful times. From demands from work, family and friends and deadlines to meet to worrisome concerns about today’s world, the environment, and maybe your own well-being and safety – the list is never ending.
What if there was a way to help your body adapt to these common mental and physical stressors, and perhaps even chemical and environmental stressors as well?
It’s all about helping your body adapt and maintain homeostasis, or balance of your biological systems, in the face of a real or perceived threat.
Physician Walter Cannon coined the term “homeostasis” in his book published in 1930, The Wisdom of the Body. Homeostasis refers to any process that living beings use to actively maintain stable conditions for survival.
One of the best ways to help the body adapt to stressors, or to maintain homeostasis, is something the Russians secretly studied for decades.
The Siberian Secret for Managing Stress and Living a Healthier Life
The former Soviet Union spent many years searching for plants that would help energize their astronauts, soldiers and Olympian athletes. They were looking for what they called “adaptogens,” or specific plants that could help the body adapt to physical and mental stress.
Even though the concept of adaptogens dates back thousands of years, modern-day research began with Russia’s work in the 1940s. Following World War II, Soviet scientists set out to determine why Siberians lived healthy, long lives – many living beyond 100 years.
Over a period of 45 years, research scientists conducted a large number of studies. Most of the research was conducted by the Russian military, and so many details were kept secret until the mid-1990s.
This early research led to the discovery of adaptogens, a term created by Dr. Nicolai Lazarev.
Together with Dr. Lazarev, Professor Israelman researched and helped show that a new class of plant compounds could help people reduce stress and live healthier lives.*
Professor Brekhman developed two qualifying factors for an herb to be considered an adaptogen. To be an adaptogen, the herb needed to:
- Help your entire system gain balance or homeostasis.*
- Perform “non-specific” activity by increasing the resistance of your entire body to stress.*
During their research up in the frigid latitudes of Siberia, the Russians focused on one adaptogen plant in particular – Rhodiola rosea.
This plant helped soldiers stay energized and alert during sleep-deprivation tests, and when used with astronauts at the Russian space station, it improved their moods.*
“Golden Root” Adaptogen Enters Mainstream Research
Rhodiola rosea is a perennial plant with red, pink or yellow flowers. Even though it’s unrelated to the common rose, it has a similar fragrance.
Often referred to as “Golden Root,” or “Roseroot,” rhodiola has likely been used since the Viking Age to help boost endurance, reduce occasional fatigue and support mood.*
Rhodiola thrives in tundra-like areas, particularly on slopes, ridges and cliffs. It can survive in somewhat moist environments, but it tends to do best in dryer regions where the soil has low moisture content, such as northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland and of course, Russia.
Because the Russians were so successful at keeping rhodiola secret until about 1994, the U.S. did not learn about it until fairly recently.
Since that time, rhodiola has intrigued international researchers, and well over 300 studies have been published since the earlier Russian research.
These studies suggest this valuable plant:
- Promotes nervous system health.*
- Increases energy levels.*
- Supports normal cognitive function, clarity and focus.*
- Helps reduce occasional fatigue.*
- Supports cardiovascular health.*
- Promotes improvement in general well-being and mood.*
- Support male and female sexual functioning and reproductive health.*
- Helps improve symptoms of burnout.*
- Promotes a normal healthy immune response.*
- Aids in reducing occasional nervousness associated with day-to-day life.*
- Protects muscle tissue during exercise.*
- Enhances athletic performance and shortens recovery time between workouts.*
The Rhodiola-Mood Connection
Rhodiola contains unique phytochemicals that are thought to play important roles in its actions. Five of the most significant include rosin, rosarian, rosavin, salidroside and tyrosol.
Together, these plant chemicals have been shown in studies to help:
- Support your nervous system.*
- Reduce harmful effects on your body from stress.*
- Protect against free radical damage.*
- Positively influence your brain’s neurotransmitter levels.*
- Regulate the production of the stress hormone cortisol.*
- Promote greater resistance to injury, stress and fatigue.*
Two of the bioactive components in rhodiola, rosavin and salidroside, have been shown to improve the passage of precursors for the production of serotonin, your “happy hormone,” through the blood-brain barrier. Plus, they help preserve serotonin to help boost your mood.*
A study looked at the effects of rhodiola on the serotonin, or 5-HT level in the hippocampus part of the brains of rats. These rats started the study with lowered levels of serotonin induced by chronic stress.
After receiving rhodiola for three weeks, researchers measured their 5-HT levels. The levels of all three groups that received varying doses of rhodiola returned to normal. Even the neurons injured by stress were repaired.
How Rhodiola Can Help Support Your Adrenals*
Unrelenting stress can fatigue and weaken your adrenal glands, which can adversely affect your hormone production.
Your adrenals produce about 50 different hormones, including cortisol – one of the most important. They produce cortisol whenever you’re faced with emotional or physical stress. It’s your body’s way of handling it.
However, if your adrenals are fatigued, your natural means of fighting stress decline. As a result, you could start feeling tired and even overwhelmed with the smallest details of everyday life.
Your cortisol production can be thrown out of balance during times of stress, leading to poor sleep, irritability and moodiness.
If your body produces too much cortisol at the wrong time, it can impact your healthy immune function, insulin levels as well as protein and carbohydrate metabolism. That midline bulge that plagues so many people can be the result of prolonged stress and your body’s erratic cortisol response.
Rhodiola has been shown to help restore a healthy normal balance to your adrenal glands – and your cortisol production – in the early stages of exhaustion. As an adaptogen, rhodiola stimulates your body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress.* And as a result, you’re likely to feel more energetic with a greater sense of calm.*
That increased energy may even give you the boost you need to exercise regularly, allowing the natural release of endorphins.*
81% of Study Patients Report Improvements from Taking Rhodiola*
Brain fog is one of the most common complaints today from people of all ages, but especially those in their middle years and older. It can show up as difficulty in thinking clearly, slower brain power or simply forgetfulness and lack of focus.
Mood disorders, anxiety, imbalances in your brain chemicals and a change in your brain waves can all spark this troubling cognitive condition.
Fortunately, rhodiola has been found to be helpful for brain fog and other cognitive concerns, because it works to restore homeostasis, or a healthy balance, in your brain.*
In a study of 120 adults, ages 50 to 89, cognitive and physical functions were recorded at the beginning of the study and then at 6 and 12 weeks.
The factors researchers looked at included physical effects such as exhaustion, decreased motivation, daytime sleepiness, decreased libido and sleep disturbances. Cognitive complaints included lack of concentration, occasional absentmindedness, irritability and stressful feelings.
All of the 120 participants who received Rhodiola rosea experienced significant improvement in overall physical and cognitive signs.*
In particular, the time it took to complete a cognitive “digit test” decreased significantly.* Both participants and physicians considered supplementing with rhodiola to be effective for over 80% of the individuals in the study.*
When You Combine Rhodiola and Exercise, You’ll Work Out Harder and Feel Less Tired Afterward*
Who wouldn’t like to exercise harder and longer than they do now and not feel so tired and worn out afterward?
Studies show that rhodiola can significantly increase the amount of time it takes you to reach exhaustion while exercising.*
In a recent study, 18 subjects who were described as “not in particularly good shape” were asked to ride a bike for six miles after taking a dose of rhodiola. Compared to the placebo group who didn’t receive rhodiola, they had lower heart rates during their pre-exercise warm up, and they finished the trial in shorter time.*
Even animals can benefit. Rats given rhodiola in an animal study out swam other rats by nearly 25%.
An earlier study showed rhodiola extract protected muscle tissue by helping to promote a healthy normal inflammatory response during exercise.*
Rhodiola rosea appears to improve muscle work while economizing the energy resources of your muscles, thus helping to improve endurance.*
Other studies show similar positive gain with competitive athletes.* After supplementing with rhodiola for four weeks, a group of 14 athletes had decreased skeletal muscle damage and lowered blood lactate levels, a classic sign of overtraining.
No matter if you’re an accomplished athlete, a casual exerciser or even a weekend warrior, rhodiola can potentially help improve your endurance during and recovery after exertion or exercise.*
Our Organic Rhodiola Extract Is the Real Deal Rhodiola Rosae Extract
Our Organic Rhodiola Extract saves you the work of finding a supplement you can trust. Not only does it provide you with a high-quality, effective Rhodiola rosae formula to help support your mind and body against everyday stressors, but it’s also sourced from a reliable manufacturer.
As reported by National Geographic, the New York Attorney General’s Office discovered that four out of five of Rhodiola rosea supplements sold by major retailers didn’t include the plant that was on the label. Sometimes, the capsules were filled only with powdered garlic and rice.
That finding only emphasizes that you can’t be too cautious when buying any supplement.
As we discussed earlier, without rhodiola’s prime active ingredients, the adaptogenic capability of the herb can be gravely affected.
It’s important to do your homework and examine the label as well as understand the manufacturer’s quality processes. Of course, it’s not always evident from the bottle label what’s actually in the formula, and, finding details on the manufacturer can take real effort.
We recommend selecting a supplement based on a checklist of three critical factors:
- The product must contain verified Rhodiola rosea.
- It should avoid unnecessary fillers and excipients.
- It must be sourced from a trustworthy producer with high-quality standards and an effective extraction process.
While we had many options to choose from when searching for a quality producer for our Organic Rhodiola Extract, our research team selected a company with a high-quality process that met our standards:
- Has over 15 years of experience working with Rhodiola rosea suppliers
- Performs exact quantifications and characterizations of ingredients by a professional team in a state-of-the-art facility
- Is committed to continuous improvement of quality assurance, which is actively engaged in all aspects of product quality and safety
- Utilizes some of the most advanced technology and analytical instrumentation, including UPLC-DAD/MS or GC-MS, in the analysis of the products.
See for yourself how our Organic Rhodiola Extract checks out against the criteria we mentioned earlier:
||Dr. Mercola Organic Rhodiola Extract?
|Contains important Rhodiola rosea active ingredients?
||Yes – Our supplement contains the active Rhodiola rosea. Our supplier performs identity testing, verifying the botanical.
|Avoids unnecessary fillers and excipients?
||Yes – One particular “flow agent” often incorporated in Rhodiola rosea production but not used in our formulation is magnesium stearate.
|Utilizes a first-rate effective extraction process integrated by a high-quality producer?
||Yes – We use a unique producer of Rhodiola rosea with high-quality standard practices and effective extraction process. Find out more in the next section.
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