Feeling Stressed? See If Rhodiola May Help
Feeling blue, fatigued and/or stressed out? Then you may want to try rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea). Commonly known as Arctic root or golden root, rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that has been used for centuries in the traditional medicine of Russia, Scandinavia and other countries. Numerous studies of rhodiola have shown that it helps prevent fatigue and wards off the effects of stress. Evidence also suggests that it has an antioxidant effect, enhances immune system function and can increase sexual energy. In modern Russia, rhodiola is used as a tonic and remedy for low energy, poor attention span, and decreased memory; it is also believed to make workers more productive.
If you are interested in trying rhodiola, look for products standardized to 3 percent rosavins and 1 percent salidroside, and follow dosage recommendations on labels. If you like its effect, you can stay on it indefinitely, perhaps giving yourself an occasional two to three week break every four months or so.
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