Winter is coming, the days are getting shorter, the responsibilities accumulate... as does the fatigue and stress. Adapting is difficult, but not for Rhodiola.
Used since ancient times for its tonic and energizing effects, Rhodiola, today is utilized mainly for its adaptogenic properties, i.e. its ability to adapt the body during periods of particular stress, both physical and psychological, as it reduces stress and raises the fatigue threshold.
Rhodiola, in fact, is able to influence the functional mechanisms of serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine, which are responsible for mood and physical response. It improves the body’s resistance to fatigue and enhances the clarity of thought. As it boosts serotonin levels, it also improves one’s overall mood, which has shown to be useful in cases of insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Due to its effects on dopamine and norepinephrine, it also increases the ability to concentrate, particularly when under stress, and helps improve memory.
The effects of Rhodiola also lead to benefits the immune system, which is reinforced both internally and externally. In addition to antibacterial and antifungal actions, Rhodiola also has the ability to stimulate the activity of white blood cells that defend the body more readily, helping us to best deal seasonal sicknesses or avoid them altogether.
Rhodiola can also help those who are overweight. If associated with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, it can speed up the process of melting away fat, especially triglycerides. Its positive influence on serotonin also gives our diet an extra boost, as it reduces nervous eating habits.
This first benefit of Rhodiola that was discovered has actually proved to be very useful in sports. Rhodiola has been scientifically proven to improve physical strength and facilitate the recovery between one training session and the next by increasing the body’s energy (in the form of ATP). It is also able to stimulate protein synthesis, which is essential for the growth and repair of muscle tissue damaged during the physical activity.
In addition to increasing resistance, it also increases the protection of the cells. In fact, Rhodiola is rich in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that can counter the effects of free radicals, the substances that are primarily responsible for aging and oxidative stress of cells.
Taking Rhodiola is not difficult: you can choose between a warm herbal tea or a simple capsule. As is common in herbal medicine, the functions of Rhodiola are often expressed through the use of compounds that also contain other active ingredients of natural origin. Therefore, these natural options should be preferred.