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What is Rhodiola Rosea?


Rhodiola rosea is available commercially as a supplement and rhodiola rosea is extracted from the rhodiola rosea plant. Also called the 'golden root', rhodiola rosea is mainly found growing at high altitudes in Asia and Europe. Rhodiola rosea belongs to the plant group Crassuleae and rhodiola rosea can achieve a growth height of 12-30 inches. With an abundance of yellow blossoms, the rhodiola rosea plant produces a definitive fragrance when it is cut.

Highly popular among the traditional remedies of Asia and Europe, australia rhodiola rosea has been used medicinally for centuries. Rhodiola rosea is used to stimulate the nervous system and rhodiola rosea aids sufferers of depression and irregular mood swings.

Rhodiola rosea is deemed useful in eliminating fatigue and enhancing general work performance. Rhodiola rosea is reportedly excellent in the treatment of male sexual dysfunction and also schizophrenia. Rhodiola rosea has a proven ability to increase poor appetite and can aid sufferers of hypertension and high altitude sickness.

Rhodiola rosea extract is beneficial to athletes and body builders for a variety of reasons. Russian researchers have found that australia rhodiola rosea has adaptogenic properties. Adaptogens are substances found naturally in plants such as rhodiola rosea and found to increase the body's overall resistance ability, while stabilizing body functions.

Minimal side effects are one of the benefits of rhodiola rosea's adaptogen properties. Adaptogens increase the ability to use cell fuel efficiently, and enhance general performance. Research shows that australia rhodiola rosea has the ability to increase resistance to a variety of chemical, biological, and physical stressors. Rhodiola rosea contains adaptogens, which help the system adapt to stressful situations.

By taking a dose of adaptogens such as rhodiola rosea when a stressful situation arises, the stress is handled by the system in a healthy and resourceful way. Rhodiola rosea has proven popular with athletes because of its ability to shorten the recovery period after a long workout, a benefit of rhodiola rosea. Because of rhodiola rosea's adaptogenic ability the system stress occurring during intense physical training is efficiently managed and balanced.

The adaptogenic benefits of rhodiola rosea can also be seen in rhodiola rosea's ability to increase the levels of beta-endorphin in blood plasma, thus rhodiola rosea aids with the prevention of stress induced hormonal changes. While taking rhodiola rosea extract athletes notice a general improvement in performance and fitness.

Rhodiola rosea is also able to improve the memory and concentration functions when used consistently. Research on rhodiola rosea suggests that australia rhodiola rosea is able to raise the body's toxin resistance. This aspect of rhodiola rosea might prove beneficial in the treatment of tumors. The efficacy of australia rhodiola rosea as an anticancer agent is still being investigated by research on rhodiola rosea. Thus far rhodiola rosea has shown potential benefit, when used in conjunction with prescribed anticancer medication. The substances found in rhodiola rosea strengthen the immune system, a necessity for cancer patients.

Rhodiola rosea extract, when tested on a group of students under exam stress conditions, showed positive results. Significant improvements were shown in the areas of physical fitness and psychomotor ability.

Study subjects taking australia rhodiola rosea also demonstrated an improvement in mental performance, and general well being. Rhodiola rosea was proven to regulate sleep patterns, lessen sleep cravings and rhodiola rosea also reduced mental fatigue and anxiety. A greater mood stability and increased motivation while taking australia rhodiola rosea extract was also noted. Rhodiola rosea users showed improved concentration levels. The students motivation levels also rose dramatically.

Other studies on rhodiola rosea show that australia rhodiola rosea offers cardio protective benefits. Rhodiola rosea is being researched for its apparent ability to moderate stress-induced damage and dysfunction in cardiovascular tissue. Rhodiola rosea shows promise in aiding patients with a high risk of cardiovascular disease. Overall, many more benefits of rhodiola rosea are being discovered as research on this ancient rhodiola rosea plant continues.

Copyright 2005 Health-Focus

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