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Rhodiola rosea

 
Siberian Rhodiola rosea root is the most biologically active. This is the reason this species has been well researched in Europe.
 

Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogen (as defined by Israel Brekhman, PhD) that has been shown to raise oxygen partition in arteries and blood saturation level and to lower blood viscosity while enhancing peripheral circulation. It improved total circulation, oxygen uptake, and nutrient transport to the tissues while preventing hypoxy-related free radical generation. It has improved performance of athletes and those in high altitudes. Clinical research with healthy subjects showed improvement in hearing, recovery from exercise, fat loss, liver detoxification, tumor resistance, and improved sexual function with normalization of prostate in males, with no toxicity reported. It helps normalize mood by maintaining optimal levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain. Rhodiola Rosea also known as Arctic root or golden root, is a member of the family Crassulaceae, a family of plants native to the arctic regions of eastern Siberia. It grows at altitudes of 11,000 to 18,000 feet above sea level. As an herb, it grows approximately 2 ? feet high and has yellow flowers whose smell is similar to attar of roses, thus imparting its name. Rhodiola is classified as an adaptogen meaning that it has a nonspecific ability to assist the body to withstand stress and maintain normalcy even when threatened with pathological conditions. As such it is similar to a number of other herbs classified as adaptogenic including Elutherococcus, Aralia, chaga fungus sclerotia , Schisandra, ginseng, codonopsis and Leuzea. In Siberia it is said that "those who drink Rhodiola tea regularly will live more than 100 years." Chinese emperors always looking for the secret to long life and immortality sent expeditions into Siberia to collect and bring back the plant. Being one of the most popular medicinal herbs of middle Asia, for many years Rhodiola has been illegally traffiked across the Russian border to China. In Siberia it was taken regularly especially during the cold and wet winters to prevent sickness. In Mongolia it was used for the treatment of tuberculosis and cancer. In the ancient world both Rhodiola and its ginseng cousin were known to bring the spirit of jolliness or hilarity to those people who used them regularly. The great health attributes that the ancients recognised in these remarkable herbs have how now been abundantly confirmed by numerous modern research studies. (Reference: Arctic Root (Rhodiola Rosea): The Powerful New Ginseng Alternative by Carl Germano, R.D., C.N.S. L.D.N. published by Kensington Health Books) More References

Rhodiola Rosea Summary

  • Rhodiola rosea counteracts the effects of stress and reduces the cortisol stress hormone that ultimately causes many age related diseases.
  • Rhodiola helps cardiac problems related to stress by decreasing the levels of catecholamines and corticosteroids released by the adrenal glands under stress conditions.
  • Rhodiola, extracts rosavin and salidroside, in animal studies have improved the transport of serotonin precursors, tryptophan, and 5-hydroxytryptophan in the brain.
  • Rhodiola normalizes hormones by modulating the release of glucocorticoid into the body.
  • Rhodiola decreases harmful blood lipids and decreases the risk of heart disease.
  • Rhodiola helps to properly regulate the heart beat thereby counteracting heart arrhythmias.
  • Rhodiola stimulates and protects the immune system by promoting metabolic homeostasis.
  • Rhodiola has potent antioxidant brain protecting properties.
  • Russian researchers have found that Rhodiola inhibited tumor growth in rats by 39 percent and Rhodiola rosea resulted in significant increased survival rate.
  • Rhodiola has significantly increased survival in cases of cancers of glandular tissue such as the breast and the lung.
  • Rhodiola improves the ratio of lean body mass to fat and increases hemoglobin and erythrocytes levels.
  • Rhodiola improves hearing and mental concentration.
  • Rhodiola helps with burns to inhibit the progression of pyorrhea.
  • Rhodiola helps regulate blood sugar levels for diabetics.
  • Rhodiola protects the liver from toxins.

Some Rhodiola Rosea Research Refereces

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Andy One
KeyHerbs.com
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