We’re all human, which means every one of us has to deal with life’s ups and downs. Whether it’s personal commitments, work obligations, or simply just processing the often tragic daily news, stress and anxiety can strike at any time.
In fact, some of us exist in a nearly constant state of low-level stress, and that’s no way to live. Not only does it destroy your quality of life, it can also harm your health.
But fortunately, no matter whether it’s that you’re feeling a bit blue, or on edge, or perhaps simply having a hard time organizing your thoughts because of stress-triggered brain fog there’s a single Siberian stress relief secret that can help.
More on that hard-working multitasking herb in just a moment, but first let’s touch on a few other things you can do to help drive down the anxiety and steady your mood.
Drive down anxiety and blow away mood swings
To begin with make sure you’re getting enough quality sleep. Next take a critical look at your diet and make those changes to your eating that you’ve been putting off. And don’t forget the exercise. These three fundamental steps can have a dramatic effect on your mood and thinking… reducing anxiety and driving down depression.1,2
Then consider trying mediation. This simple practice delivers powerful results; relieving stress, balancing your mind, and helping to hone your focus. It may even slow the kind of brain shrinking that occurs as we age!3
But that’s not all you can do to get your thinking back on track and even out your mood. That Siberian secret to stress relief I mentioned earlier could be the final piece of the puzzle.
Legend has it that the folks forced to suffer through those frigid dark Siberian winters had a secret weapon for surviving with their mood and sanity intact. It was a hearty little plant called roseroot or Rhodiola rosea that helped to keep their mood steady and their brain firing on all cylinders.
Well it turns out modern science is backing them up. Rhodiola rosea offers bioactive chemicals that support metal vitality. In fact, Rhodiola may be able to helps support a healthy brain in five different ways.
1. Balance Your Mood
Turns out those Siberians were really on to something. Research suggests that Rhodiola rosea helps to support a balanced, uplifted mood.4 In 2008, researchers at UCLA confirmed that Rhodiola is one of several herbs with the ability to subdue anxiety.5
A fairly recent, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated Rhodiola rosea on mood imbalance and found it not only led to improvements in mood, but it also seemed to positively affect sleep quality.6 These results have been noticed by many, and some have even suggested that Rhodiola may have potential to be paired with, or used in place of, psychiatric drugs.7
2. Smooth Out Your Stress Response
Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Rhodiola rosea could be the key to relieving that stress according to a 2010 study. In this study stress was pitted against the supportive effects of Rhodiola rosea and the results were pretty impressive.
Study participants who had complained of stress-related symptoms noted improvement within just days of beginning a Rhodiola rosea supplementation regimen. Progress continued throughout the duration of the study and in contrast to the case with many drugs no serious side effects were reported with the herb.8
3. Beef Up Your Mental Performance
Mental fatigue makes it difficult to focus, causing personal achievements and success to dwindle. The good news is that clinical trials show that Rhodiola rosea stimulates the central nervous system to fight the fatigue that so often stifles mental clarity.9
Additionally, using animal models, research conducted by Chinese scientists suggests that Rhodiola rosea supplementation supports the brain by literally saving injured neurons, thus encouraging the growth and development of brain cells.10
4. Shift Your Outlook for Better Performance?
Perhaps one of the most interesting qualities of Rhodiola rosea is that it appears to alter perception, even to the point of impacting physical performance. While this sounds like a bad thing, it can actually pose positive benefits for human health.
Research conducted by Gettysburg College found that persons who supplemented with Rhodiola rosea were able to complete strenuous exercises with less effort than when they had not taken the supplement. The effect was believed to be caused by an alteration of the participants’ perception on their individual effort.11
5. Potential Nutritional Support for Parkinson’s Disease?
While Rhodiola rosea is by no means a cure for Parkinson’s disease, it has grabbed the attention of those interested in supportive therapies for the disorder. Researchers at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences evaluated a multi-herb preparation that included Rhodiola rosea and reported that—following supplementation—antioxidant levels, immune function, and hormone levels were in normal proportions.
Despite the research being preliminary, the finding is certainly an exciting and positive step for the potential future management of Parkinson’s disease.12
Rhodiola rosea adapts to YOU
Whether you’re experiencing brain fog, suffering from stress, or just wish to sharpen your focus, it’s clear that Rhodiola rosea is an herbal remedy you may want to consider. The research shows it’s an effective adaptogen with a track record of supporting cognitive outlets and mood.
Don’t forget however that mental health problems shouldn’t be self-diagnosed. If you believe you’re clinically depressed or otherwise severely imbalanced, it’s best to seek out a trusted healthcare advisor. Never stop taking any prescribed medications without first talking to your prescribing physician.
Have you supplemented with Rhodiola rosea? What effects did you notice? Please share your thoughts and experiences with us below.
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9. Rosenroot (Rhodiola rosea): traditional use, chemical composition, pharmacology and clinical efficacy. Phytomedicine. 2010 Jun;17(7):481-93. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2010.02.002.
10. Effects of Rhodiola rosea on level of 5-hydroxytryptamine, cell proliferation and differentiation, and number of neuron in cerebral hippocampus of rats with depression induced by chronic mild stress. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2008 Dec;33(23):2842-6.
11. The effects of an acute dose of Rhodiola rosea on endurance exercise performance. J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Mar;27(3):839-47. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31825d9799.
12. Therapeutic efficacy of the neuroprotective plant adaptogen in neurodegenerative disease (Parkinson’s disease as an example). Bull Exp Biol Med. 2010 Nov;149(6):682-4.
Dr. Edward F. Group III has his Naturopathic Doctorate, Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist certifications, and is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the American Board of Functional Medicine. He founded Global Healing Center Inc. in 1998 which has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.
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