Rhodiola rosea is a plant which is hardy in nature and grows mostly in the higher altitudes of Asia, Arctic region and the northern European region. For a long time Rhodiola rosea is been used in traditional medicines. In Russia, Rhodiola Rosea has been used to cure asthenia or the chronic fatigue, along with infectious illness, neurological and psychiatric conditions, reduce fatigue, and improve attention, memory and work capacity.
The adaptogenic benefits of Rhodiola rosea, verified in the human and animal trials (mostly Russian), noting that the extract:
Improves memory and mental performance, and has anti-fatigue, anti-stress and antidepressant properties. Improves physical performance, reducing exhaustion and accelerating recovery after heavy training workloads, and increases muscle energy production, protein synthesis and anabolic activity. Improves erectile dysfunction and/or premature ejaculation in men. Activates lipolytic (fat breakdown) processes and mobilizes fat from adipose tissue. Reduces or prevents stress-induced heart damage.
Reduces liver toxicity from various anticancer drugs while enhancing their anticancer Action. Enhances thyroid function without causing hyperthyroidism, protects the thymus gland from the shrinkage that comes with stress and aging, and increases adrenal gland reserve without causing adrenal hypertrophy. Has antioxidant effects, reducing lipid per oxidation and preventing intestinal damage after acute x-ray exposure. And is incredibly safe, with an estimated LD50 (lethal dose for 50 percent of test animals) for humans of 235 grams for a 154-pound person
The Rhodiola rosea extract is mostly extracted from the roots and the standardised process ins made so efficient that it captures at least 0.8% of salidroside and 3% of rosavins. The extract is sprayed and dried on maltodextrins, whose temperature and pressure allows the Rhodiola rosea and maltodextrins to mix well with each other.
As medicine, it is taken as 50 to 250 mg mostly 3 times a day. Doctors advise to take it 30 minutes before breakfast and lunch. It is best not to take Rhodiola rosea after dinner or in the evening, as it can be stimulating and may cause insomnia. Special care should be taken while having the medicine and it should not be taken with other stimulants.
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