Rhodiola Rosea: Nature's Adaptogenic Herb for the Brain
Known as “golden root” because of its many therapeutic properties, Rhodiola Rosea grows in dry, sandy ground at high altitudes in arctic areas of Europe and Asia.1 It is considered an adaptogen, which means it may increase one’s resistance to biological, chemical, and physical stressors.2
First, Rhodiola Rosea has been shown to increase one’s energy. In one study, subjects who ingested Rhodiola Rosea experienced increased levels of adenosine triphosphate (“ATP”) and creatine phosphate – two molecules which provide the body with energy to power many daily activities.3
Several studies have shown that not only can Rhodiola Rosea reduce fatigue, but it can improve cognitive ability as well. In one open study, healthy students, physicians, and scientists, ages 19-46, ingested a Rhodiola Rosea tincture once or twice a day for 2-3 weeks, starting several days before demanding intellectual work. The results showed the quantity and quality of the subjects’ work improved, while not one patient experienced a loss of work due to fatigue.4
Another study explored Rhodiola Rosea’s effects on not only fatigue, but stress and specific aspects of cognitive ability, namely: associative thinking, short-term memory, calculation, concentration, and speed of audiovisual perception. The study examined 56 young, healthy physicians on night duty; researchers found statistically significant improvements in physicians’ fatigue and stress levels, as well as cognitive ability, after they had taken a Rhodiola Rosea supplement for two weeks.5
A study of young cadets produced similar results. It measured the cadets’ ability to perform mentally demanding work while under stress and fatigued. Based on an anti-fatigue index, a single dose of Rhodiola Rosea measurably reduced their fatigue.6
Several university studies were conducted to explore Rhodiola Rosea’s effects on memory and cognitive ability. At the Tomsk State University and Medical Institute in Russia, scientists found Rhodiola Rosea extract not only helped maintain levels of key energy compounds, but simultaneously decreased markers of fatigue.3 In a study of foreign students at the Volgograd Medical Academy, one group was given Rhodiola Rosea, while another was given a placebo. The group who ingested Rhodiola Rosea saw a 61% increase in their ability to learn Russian, and a 30% drop of relative fatigue levels, compared to the placebo group.7
As we can see above, Rhodiola Rosea has been shown to alleviate various symptoms. In yet another study, this one of patients between ages 17-55, 64% of the subjects experienced an improvement in fatigue, irritability, distractibility, headache, and weakness.8
Lastly, Rhodiola Rosea’s adaptogenic properties have been shown to have a positive effect on mood (in addition to its aforementioned positive effect on stress). When tested on animals, small and medium doses of Rhodiola Rosea stimulated multiple central nervous system neurotransmitters, and enhanced their effects on the brain. After ingesting Rhodiola Rosea, the animals’ blood brain barriers became more permeable to the precursors of dopamine and serotonin – the body’s pleasure hormones. This resulted in elevated moods and reduced stress.1, 9-14
In sum, the active constituents in Rhodiola Rosea have been found to affect the central nervous system by increasing concentration ability and improving cellular resistance to outside influences.15 Practically, this means Rhodiola Rosea may reduce the effects of ADHD, increase concentration, energy, and may be useful as a natural study aid.
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