Normally when it come to herbs, there is not a lot of literature or science to support any health claims. When it comes to Rhodiola, things are very different!
Rather than us tell you all the benefits of Rhodiola Rosea, let's point you to some published papers and books on Rhodiola...
Of course, you could read the book - Rhodiola Revolution. An incredible book written by 2 Medical Doctors and their use of Rhodiola Rosea on hundreds of patients.
Sure. If you have spent some time on our site you can see we are more than a little obsessed with the HERBS. We OVERstand that not everyone has the time (or enough strong coffee in the house) to read through thousands of pages of medical journals and their papers on Rhodiola. Here are some of the primary health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea...
- Increase energy, endurance and stamina
- Helps reduce stress and anxiety
- Can decrease the recovery time needed after strenuous muscular workouts
- Uplifts moods
- Promotes mental clarity and mental performance
- Helps maintain high levels of creatine phosphate (athletes love this one!)
- Improves sexual performance
- Promotes healthy sleep
- And Much, Much, More...
The key to remember here is that Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen ( adaptogens are defined in our article - Rhodiola Rosea The Big Picture). This means that Rhodiola works by trying to keep your whole body in balance, battle all stresses that your body may face (physical, chemical and biological) and not produce any side effects. The idea is that a body in balance, on every level, will always perform better than a body out of balance.
This approach is very different than modern Western medicine. In the USA, if we have knee pain - we take a pill for that. If we have depression, we take another pill for that. Low energy levels... pop another pill. The problem is that while we may have different ailments or symptoms, we have just one body. We need to treat our whole body to correct our problems, not a separate pill for each ailment - as if the problems are not interconnected. Rhodiola works by addressing the issues of our body, as a whole.