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The Health and Performance Benefits of Rhodiola

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Rhodiola rosea, often known as "rose root," is a well-known traditional medicine native to cold climates and hilly countries, such as Russia, Scandinavia, and the Himalayas.

Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogen, an herbal extract that assists organisms in coping with environmental stress. Flow, by Cerus Performance, contains Rhodiola for its stress-relieving properties. This is one reason why we recommend Flow be taken daily, and not only before exercise. But, it also has performance benefits! 

Adaptogens are well-known for their mood-boosting, stress-relieving, and energy-boosting effects [1]. Given these properties, Rhodiola provides several benefits, including:

  • Rhodiola may boost brain function

There is some proof that Rhodiola extract can help prevent Alzheimer's disease-related cognitive impairment. This is due to its claimed effect on cholinergic activity in the brain and its role in neuronal growth support.

According to one study, there may be long-term benefits for persons with cognitive deficits when taken with another herbal medicine known as Ginkgo biloba [1].

  • It may reduce depression symptoms

Clinical research has shown that long-term use of Rhodiola rosea lowers depressive symptoms. It can minimize stress-induced weariness by countering the effects of stress on the brain, providing respite and an energy boost to those suffering from mild to moderate depression, as well as improving mental function [1].

Rhodiola rosea extract may be useful in reducing moderate cognitive problems caused by mental health issues such as depression and stress.

  • May boost mood levels and reduce anxiety

In research with 80 subjects, those using the Rhodiola supplement self-reported a reduction in anxiety, tension, anger, and depression after two weeks. It was found to promote considerable changes in their overall mood [1].

  • Stress reduction potential

Many people experience stress and exhaustion as a result of their daily lives. Four weeks of Rhodiola rosea medication was observed to lessen life stress symptoms to "a clinically significant degree" in 1,375 volunteers suffering from stress [1].

  • Could aid in physical and mental fatigue

Rhodiola rosea extract could help with both mental and physical weariness. Participants in medical trials who utilized Rhodiola extract improved their physical strength, quickness of movement, reaction time, and attention span [1].

  • Could aid in diabetes management

Rhodiola's pharmacological qualities have recently been investigated since it includes salidroside, which might be beneficial in the management of diabetes. This chemical promotes brain metabolism, lowers oxidative stress, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. These effects may aid in the management of diabetes [1].

  • It could have anti-cancer properties

Anti-inflammatory cytokines found in nootropic herbs such as rhodiola may help limit cancer cell development and multiplication. Cancer can develop as a result of cell damage induced by infection and the ensuing inflammation.

According to research, anti-inflammatory chemicals and antioxidants can assist the body in fighting this, thereby avoiding the growth of harmful tumors [1].

  • May help prevent age-related diseases

Other dangerous disorders caused by inflammation include asthma, stomach ulcers, and sepsis. Sepsis is becoming more common as the population ages, and if it progresses to septic shock, it is usually fatal. Compounds contained in rhodiola root, such as salidroside, have anti-inflammatory properties and can assist the body in mediating and lessening its inflammation response [1].

  • Athletic performance may improve

One of the many advantages of taking Rhodiola rosea could be improved exercise performance. Blood samples from 14 athletes who took Rhodiola rosea for four weeks showed that their bodies' capacity to recuperate from physical exercise improved after ingesting the herb [1].

In one animal investigation, rhodiola was found to boost muscle power as well as strength performance in rodents. After resistance exercise, the rodents were given Rhodiola rosea extract mixed with another rhodiola component known as Rhaponticum carthamoides (Rha) (2).

In another study, researchers discovered that taking rhodiola reduced reaction time and overall response time in healthy and physically active men. It enhanced antioxidant activity as well, but had little effect on total endurance (3).

In another study, rhodiola has been found to increase exercise performance by lowering exercise intensity, or how hard subjects felt their bodies were working (4).

Final Word

If you are looking for products with rhodiola, look no farther. Check out Flow by Cerus Perfomance and experience the incredible health benefits.

References

  1. https://www.farrinstitute.org/rhodiola-benefits
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7670727/ 
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6230218/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4590898/ 
By Wendy Shafranski

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