Rhodiola is a perennial plant with yellow flowers. In addition to looking “pretty” its root has a long history of use in medicine, especially in the Arctic and Northern European regions. Rhodiola has been used throughout history for its healing properties, even the Vikings were believed to have used it to boost mental and physical endurance. [i] It contains a range of antioxidant compounds, and its adaptogenic activities are attributed to its unique compounds such as rosavin, rosarin, and rosidirin, as well as flavonoids, triterpenes, monoterpenes, and phenolic acids. [ii]
Rhodiola's Adaptogenic Properties
Rhodiola is used as a so-called "adaptogen", to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress, and for many other uses, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. known as an “adaptogen,” which are plants that increase the body’s non-specific resistance and regulate overall functioning. They help us handle stress more efficiently, supposedly because they increase cell regeneration and energy use. Hence its ability to do all this, and more: improve memory, attention, mental productivity, mood, and immunity; fight fatigue and depression; decrease muscle recovery time after workouts.[iii]
Rhodiola has been used for centuries to treat stress.
Studies have demonstrated Rhodiolas’ ability to induce a general sense of well-being and reduce situational anxiety. It has demonstrated improvement in depressive syndromes, mental and physical fatigues secondary to medical conditions, sexual dysfunction, thyroid hypofunction (without causing hyperthyroidism), thymus gland functioning, adrenal functioning, and menopause-related conditions. Its mechanism of action is partly attributed to the herb's ability to influence levels of monoamines, including appears to prevent catecholamine release and camp elevation in the myocardium, to prevent depletion of adrenal catecholamines by acute stress, and to induce opioid peptide biosynthesis and activation of central and peripheral opioid receptors.[iv]
Historical sources trace its use back to the Greeks (not surprisingly), as well as to Vikings and Chinese emperors. Most importantly Rhodiola has been recognized for its health benefits throughout its long history. An example of this was the intense competition within the Soviet Union to be the most mentally focused nation in the world. This quest led the country to use Rhodiola to improve individuals’ mental clarity, focus, and overall mood. If you think keeping up with social media is stressful, imagine being in a constant state of martial and intellectual war as these societies were–anyone would need a happy pill! [v]
Rhodiola extracts might help protect cells from damage, regulate heartbeat, and have the potential for improving learning and memory. [vi] This adaptogenic herbal stimulant has been used as an energy-boosting agent in Russia and China for centuries. It stimulates the nervous system, helps with work, along with combating stress and fatigue. [vii] It is apparent that this ancient plant has been globally recognized for its health benefits. If you are looking for a natural plant-based solution to improving your mind and body – Rhodiola is the answer!
Clean Mind™ has 80mg of Rhodiola in every serving.