In the cold frozen ground of the northern-most mountainous regions of Russia and Asia, you’ll find a hearty herb growing in the wild.
The locals know this flowering plant as “arctic root” or “golden root.” And for hundreds of years, they’ve used Rhodiola rosacea to relieve anxiety and improve energy, mood, and mental performance.
Now an exciting new animal study has reconfirmed this powerful herb’s ability to boost brain function.
Potent plant extract boosts memory by a third
Traditional healers consider Rhodiola an adaptogenic herb. Which means it helps our body adapt to stress in a variety of ways.
Arctic root’s reputation for enhancing memory is well known. But German researchers wondered if they could isolate the specific compound in the plant that was responsible for boosting mental performance.
They started their testing on fruit flies. And eventually, they were able to isolate a specific substance known as ferulic acid eicosyl ester or FAE-20.
They hid FAE-20 in a group of older flies’ food, and an incredible thing happened. It sent their memory performance soaring.
In fact, when the researchers compared the memory improvements in the flies which had gotten the Rhodiola extract to those which didn’t it had shot up by over 33 percent!
But the experiment didn’t stop there. Old flies are one thing. But the scientists wanted to know if the findings would hold up in a more complicated animal. So they moved on to elderly mice.
And to everyone’s surprise, the memory boost was still there, clear as day.
Proven Rhodiola rosacea benefits
Now, this was an animal experiment, of course.
But lucky for us, it isn’t the first time we’ve seen Rhodiola perform mini-miracles. Far from it in fact. And human studies have confirmed how beneficial the herb can be too.
Arctic root is a proven stress reducer. In one study, a group of over 100 stressed out folks took a 400 mg Rhodiola supplement for four weeks. In just THREE days, participants already had significant improvement in their stress symptoms including their feelings of fatigue and anxiety.
And in another study, a group of 118 patients diagnosed with stress-induced burnout took a supplement for 12 weeks. They saw measurable improvements in their stress and depression levels by the end of the trial.
Research shows that Rhodiola can help fight off the fatigue that so often accompanies stress and anxiety. In a study, a group of folks suffering from chronic fatigue took an arctic root supplement for eight weeks. Their exhaustion melted away along with their stress. And their mood and concentration bounced back too.
And in a placebo-controlled study, a group of people suffering from stress-linked fatigue reported improvements in energy and concentration levels when taking the herb.
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And we’ve even seen evidence of how Rhodiola can support mental performance. When a group of night-shift doctors took a supplement for two weeks, they saw BIG improvements in their mental fatigue. And just as important their performance on work-related tasks soared by 20 percent.
They saw improvements in things like short-term memory, the ability to do calculations, concentration levels, and associative thinking. In other words, that 20 percent could literally make a life or death difference or someone under his or her care.
In another study, students taking Rhodiola for 20 days saw improvements in sleep, mental fatigue, and motivation. And that all paid off in scores on their exams that were eight percent higher than their peers who took a placebo.
The key to Rhodiola’s brain-boosting success
Now for this new study, the researchers didn’t design their experiment to explain why Rhodiola improves memory. But one of their findings may explain it anyway.
They found that the FAE-20 extract helped keep the nerve cells in the brains of the flies from getting all gunked up.
You see as we age proteins tend to accumulate at the neural synapses in our brains. And this can slow things down a bit. FAE-20 may prevent this excessive build-up from happening in the first place.
But there’s a catch, of course. There always is. The scientists aren’t nearly as generous as you may have hoped. They had an ulterior motive. And as usual, it was money.
Once they isolated the memory-boosting compound in Rhodiola, the team quickly applied for a patent on using FAE-20 for memory boosting. And rest assured if they have their way you will one day have to pay a pretty penny to get your hands on the stuff.
But the good news is you don’t need it.
Folks have been using Rhodiola for hundreds of years to boost memory, increase energy, fight anxiety, and more. We know it works… and it works well… in its ORIGINAL form.
And since it’s impossible to patent a natural plant, the prices on supplements using the whole plant will remain reasonable. So go ahead and try Rhodiola, and start transforming yourself into a brainiac starting today.
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