Rhodiola, also known as rhodiola rosea, has been used by different cultures for thousands of years. From Ancient Greece to the Mongolian Empire, people have known about and applied rhodiola to their people for a wide variety of ailments ranging from depression to muscle recovery. Here are a few of the benefits that rhodiola can offer you.
Depression-Rhodiola is an adaptogen which is a natural plant substance that normalizes functions of the body.* Adaptogens have been known to aid the body in stressful situations by generating a degree of adaptation that enables the body to handle the stressful situation in a more resourceful manner.* Since Rhodiola administration appears to impact central monoamine levels, it might also provide benefits and be the adaptogen of choice in clinical conditions characterized by an imbalance of central nervous system monoamines.*
Muscle recovery-Rhodiola has been known to reduce physical fatigue. A study in 2009 found that women who took a high dose of rhodiola rosea were able to run faster than those who got a placebo.* The study examined 15 college-age women.*
Concentration-There is evidence that rhodiola can help improve concentration as well. One study tested its effects on mental fatigue in 56 physicians working night duty.* The physicians were randomly assigned to receive either 170 mg of rhodiola or a placebo pill per day for two weeks.* Rhodiola reduced mental fatigue and improved performance on work-related tasks by 20%, compared to the placebo.*
There have been studies done to adequately suggest that rhodiola can assist in concentration, muscle recovery and depression. The herb has and continues to be used all around the world for its perceived benefits and shows no sign of slowing down in terms of its popularity. As always, please consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.
SOURCES-www.medicalnewstoday.com, www.herbwisdom.com, www.healthline.com