Chances are you’ve heard about Rhodiola or read some piece on it’s rather fantastic health claims: boosts mental performance, alters perception, enhances mood, and potentially even helps fight Parkinson’s symptoms.
Like most medicinal herbs, there is some evidence to support the hype…
However, it’s important to take into account the fact that the current evidence applies to a narrow amount of situations and may not apply to general use of Rhodiola as a supplement.
What is Rhodiola Rosea?
Rhodiola is a plant. It normally grows in colder climates, so it is known as a traditional remedy in areas like Scandinavia, Siberia, and the like.
Of the different regions Rhodiola comes from, Siberia is hailed as the best source. Currently, proponents believe that Rhodiola acts as an adaptogen, meaning that it is a natural compound able to “prevent the physical and chemical effects of stress.”
As such, the abilities supporters ascribe to Rhodiola include reducing stress, improving mood, increasing libido, and even boosting athletic performance.
Though the method of action for many adaptogens is unknown, there is emerging evidence showing that they work to a degree.
Whether or not Rhodiola falls in this category is something we’ll cover in more detail as we explore further. The general idea most researchers believe is that if Rhodiola does confer some health benefits, it does so mainly by protecting cells from damage.
Rhodiola is legal, and while you might be able to do something with the raw plant, a more effective method of use is one of the many varieties of capsules that are readily available over the internet in concentrated powders and adaptogen blend “stacks”.
As previously mentioned, evidence regarding Rhodiola is conflicting. You’ll find contradictory reports about nearly every one of the health claims associated with this herb, but the fact that there is at least some evidence supporting it is better than none, all things considered.
Other Names for Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola goes by many alternate names, including:Arctic Root, Extrait de Rhodiola, Golden Root, Hongjingtian, King’s Crown, Lignum Rhodium, Orpin Rose, Racine d’Or, Racine Dorée, Racine de Rhadiola, Rhodio