For Stress Energy Balance and Effective Weight Management
Everyone experiences bouts of weakness, tiredness and stress at some point in time. Stress-energy imbalance can affect virtually every bodily system including premature aging, compromised immune system, and age-related degenerative diseases.
Rhodiola Rosea, the Golden Root
Prized as an adaptogen, (an aid to balance out altered body systems to a normal level), Rhodiola Rosea (also known as “Golden Root”) replenishes energy stores at cellular level and is widely used in current medicinal applications, especially in supporting stress-energy balance. Rhodiola is a root, like Ginseng. There are more than 200 species of Rhodiola around the world but only Rhodiola Rosea is a medicinal root because it contains compounds which are known to have energising and adaptogenic effects on the body.
Rhodiola Energy Advance
An all-natural, proprietary blend to help you cope with everyday demands, Rhodiola Energy Advance capsules combine the benefits of Rhodiola Rosea, Premium Organic Cordyceps and Green Tea Extract. It is stimulant free and helps energise the body. The goodness of Rhodiola Rosea's natural balancing property is carefully preserved with more than 3% Rosavins and 1% Salidroside.
Most suitable for people with the following conditions:
- Tiredness and Lethargy
- Stress and Anxiety
- Poor Sleep Quality
- Inability to Concentrate
- Weight Problems
- Poor Blood Circulation
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Rhodiola Rosea - The Legend
Rhodiola Rosea is a member of the family Crassulaceae, a family of plants native to the arctic regions of Eastern Siberia, mountainous regions of Asia and northern Europe. It grows primarily in dry sandy ground at altitudes of 11,000 to 18,000 feet above sea level. The plant reaches a height of approximately 2 1/2 feet (70 cm) high and has yellow blossoms. It is a perennial with a thick rhizome, fragrant when cut. That is the reason why it was subsequently named it as Rhodiola Rosea by referring to the rose-like attar (fragrance) of the fresh cut rootstock.
Although records show that the ancient Greek physician, Dioscorides, once prescribed this plant in 77 C.E., it is primarily associated with Scandinavia and Russia. Swedish researchers, for instance, believe that the Vikings regularly used rhodiola. And even today, a bouquet of rhodiola may be presented to a bride and groom in Siberia to assure a rich and fruitful marriage. It has been a popular plant in traditional medicine in various areas of both Eastern Europe and Asia. In Chinese medicine, it is used to enhance resistance against fatigue and extend life. Emperors of China used to organize expeditions to Siberia to bring back this highly valued plant. In Siberia, it is still said, "people who drink Rhodiola tea will live more than 100 years." Very little research has been performed on Rhodiola rosea until 1931. At that time Russian Botanist and nutritionist Dr. L. Utkin discovered that this plant increases sexual potency. In 1947 Russian scientist Professor Lasarev found that Rhodiola rosea helped increase the body's natural resistance to different environmental stresses. Since then, Rhodiola rosea has been studied intensively in Russia and Scandinavia. Literature from these areas indicate that it has antidepressant, anticancer, cardioprotective, and central nervous system enhancing properties, while suggesting benefits in diverse conditions such as schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and others. The clearest benefit is adaptogenic and anti-stress activities, with improved learning and memory and anti-hypoxia effects also commonly reported. In fact, all test subjects showed an improvement in their general physical & mental states after taking only 100mgs a day. It was found that all the patients with depression had a positive response.
Rhodiola rosea in Modern Medicine
Since 1969, Rhodiola rosea has been included in official Russian medicine. The Pharmacological and Pharmacopoeia Committee of the Soviet Ministry of Health recommended medicinal use and industrial production of liquid Rhodiola rosea extract. In 1975, the Soviet Ministry of Health approved and registered preparation No. 75/933/14 as a medicine and tonic, allowing large-scale production under the name Rhodiola Extract Liquid, an alcohol-based extract (40 percent ethyl alcohol). Medical and pharmacological texts describe its use as a stimulant for asthenia (fatigue), for somatic and infectious illnesses, in psychiatric and neurological conditions, and in healthy individuals to relieve fatigue and to increase attention span, memory, and work productivity. In Sweden, Rhodiola rosea was recognized as an Herbal Medicinal Product in 1985 and has been described as an antifatigue agent in the Textbook of Phytomedicine for Pharmacists. In the textbook of pharmacology for dispenser training in Sweden, Rhodiola rosea is mentioned as a plant with a stimulant action. Also, the Pharmaceutical Book (Lakemedelsboken 97/98) mentions Rhodiola rosea as one of the most commonly used psychostimulants in the group of officially registered herbal medicinal products. In Denmark, Rhodiola rosea is registered as a medical product in the category of botanical drugs. Registered preparations are extensively used in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries to increase mental work capacity during stress, as a psychostimulant, and as a general strengthener.
Given the plant's origins, it's not really surprising that most of the research on Rhodiola rosea has been published in Slavic and Scandinavian languages. Between 1725 and 1960, various medicinal applications of Rhodiola rosea appeared in the scientific literature of Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Iceland. Since 1960, nearly 200 pharmacological, phytochemical, and clinical studies have been published. American and other Western researchers have recently begun to explore rhodiola's effect on the body and its capacity to aid in the healing process, building upon the clinical studies originally conducted in Scandinavian countries and the Soviet Union.
Chemical Composition of Rhodiola Rosea
The investigation of the phytochemistry of Rhodiola rosea root has revealed the presence of six distinct groups of chemical compounds:
(1) Phenylpropanoids: rosavin, rosin, rosarin (specific to Rhodiola. rosea).
(2) Phenylethanol derivatives: salidroside (rhodioloside), tyrosol.
(3) Flavanoids: rodiolin, rodionin, rodiosin, acetylrodalgin, tricin.
(4) Monoterpernes: rosiridol, rosaridin.
(5) Triterpenes: daucosterol, beta-sitosterol.
(6) Phenolic acids: chlorogenic and hydroxycinnamic, gallic acids.
Twenty-eight compounds have been isolated from the roots and above-ground parts of Rhodiola rosea, including 12 novel compounds. The roots contain a range of biologically active substances including organic acids, flavonoids, tannins, and phenolic glycosides. The stimulating and adaptogenic properties of Rhodiola rosea were originally attributed to two compounds isolated from its roots, identified as p-tyrosol and the phenolic glycoside rhodioloside. Rhodioloside was later deter mined to be structurally similar to the known glycoside salidroside found in several other plant species. Additional glycoside compounds isolated from the root include rhodioniside, rhodiolin, rosin, rosavin, rosarin, and rosiridin. These glycoside compounds are considered to be critical for the plant's observed adaptogenic properties.
It is noted that p-tyrosol and the phenolic glycoside rhodioloside have been found in all studied species of Rhodiola; however, the other active glycosides, including rosavin, rosin, and rosarin, have not been found in all examined Rhodiola species. Because of this variation within the Rhodiola genus, verification of Rhodiola rosea by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is dependent on the content of the additional glycosides (rather than salidroside and p-tyrosol).
Rhodiola Rosea: The Real Rhodiola
The chemical composition and physiological properties of Rhodiola species are to a degree species-dependent, although some overlap in constituents and physiological properties does exist in many Rhodiola species.
Rhodiola is a genus of alpine plants containing over 200 different species that grow throughout Europe, Asia, and Alaska, with over 70 of these in China. At least 20 of these species have been used in Asian traditional medical systems, including Rholida alterna, Rhodiola brevipetiolata, Rhodiola crenulata, Rhodiola kirilowii, Rhodiola quadrifida, Rhodiola sachalinensis, Rhodiola sacra, and Rhodiola rosea. A common Tibetan folk medicine, Rhodiola Radix, is a preparation of several Rhodiola plants that is used as a hemostatic, tonic and contusion.
The standardization of Rhodiola rosea root extracts has gone through two distinct phases. Initially, in the 1970s, the compound responsible for its unique pharmacological properties was believed to be salidroside (rhodioloside). Therefore, the first generation of Rhodiola rosea tincture/extracts approved by the Russian Pharmacopoeia Committee was standardized to a minimum of 0.8 percent salidroside content. In the late 1980s, demand for Rhodiola rosea-based phytomedicines dramatically increased. The wild-crafted raw material was over-harvested, resulting in a steady decline in the quality and effectiveness of "Rhodiola" preparations. Scientific investigation revealed that other species of genus Rhodiola were being substituted for Rhodiola rosea. Products that are only standardized for salidroside content may be adulterated with other Rhodiola species, such as Tibetan or Indian Rhodiola. These products do not have the same beneficial effects as Rhodiola rosea. While some of these mixed batches were highly variable in quality, others had no pharmacological effect. Logically, the suspicion arose that the salidroside standard was inadequate. Based on comparative analysis, the obvious hypothesis was that the original high potency product contained other active compounds specific to Rhodiola rosea that had not yet been identified. In general rhodiola contains phenylpropanoids, proanthocyanidins and flavonoids. The most uniquely active chemical constituents are the phenylpropanoids, rosavin (the most active), rosin, rosarin, rhodiolin, salidroside, and its aglycon, p-tyrosol. According to Rhodiola expert, only Rhodiola rosea contains the unique rosavin compounds rosarin, rosin and rosavin.
The Ultimate Adaptogen
Rhodiola Rosea: The Ultimate Adaptogen
Of particular interest is Rhodiola's well-documented qualities as an adaptogen (an endurance enhancer). In this capacity it appears to help the body stay healthy and perform in top-notch condition despite physical exhaustion or environmental stresses, such as high heat or pollutants in the air and water.
In 1969 Soviet scientists, Brekhman and Dardymov defined a new class of beneficial plant extracts: the adaptogens. After reviewing the literature on almost 200 medicinal plants, they identified five (including Rhodiola rosea) that met the definition of an adaptogen. An adaptogen should be harmless and not cause significant disturbance of normal physiological functions. The action of an adaptogen should be nonspecific, increasing resistance to a wide range of adverse influences of diverse chemical, physical or biological nature. An adaptogen must possess normalizing influence regardless of the direction of pathological changes —if a variable (e.g., blood pressure or heart rate) is too high it must lower it, and if it is too low, it must raise it. Brekhman and Dardymov and all Russian researchers since consider Rhodiola rosea to be the model of an adaptogen that met all three criteria to the fullest extent.
The adaptogenic benefits of Rhodiola rosea extract, verified in the human and animal trials, is summarized as follows:
1) improves memory and mental performance, and has anti-fatigue, anti-stress and antidepressant properties;
2) improves physical performance, reducing exhaustion and accelerating recovery after heavy training workloads, and increases muscle energy production, protein synthesis and anabolic activity;
3) improves erectile dysfunction and/or premature ejaculation in men;
4) activates lipolytic (fat breakdown) processes and mobilizes fat from adipose tissue;
5) reduces or prevents stress-induced heart damage;
6) reduces liver toxicity from various anticancer drugs while enhancing their anticancer action;
7) 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;
8) has antioxidant effects, reducing lipid peroxidation and preventing intestinal damage after acute x-ray exposure; and
9) is incredibly safe (humans of 235 grams for a 154-pound person).
Rhodiola rosea would be classified as an adaptogen meaning that it has a nonspecific ability to assist the body to withstand stress and maintain normalcy even when threatened with pathological conditions. As such it is similar to a number of other herbs classified as adaptogenic including: Siberian ginseng, Reishi mushroom, Ginseng, Codonopsis and Ashwagandha. In Siberia it is said that "those who drink rhodiola tea regularly will live more than 100 years." Chinese emperors always looking for the secret to long life and immortality sent expeditions into Siberia to collect and bring back the plant. Being one of the most popular medicinal herbs of middle Asia, for many years Rhodiola was illegally trafficked across the Russian border to China.
In Siberia it was taken regularly especially during the cold and wet winters to prevent sickness. In Mongolia it was used for the treatment of tuberculosis and cancer. Formerly regarded as a scarce plant, researchers from Tomsk State University found significant stands of this valuable herb growing wild in Siberia at elevations of 5000 to 9000 feet above sea level. Subsequent research has substantiated high life giving biological activity with no toxicity.
In recent years, dozens of uses for Rhodiola rosea have been proposed, including treating depression and fatigue, enhancing memory and intellectual capacity, increasing work performance and endurance, and stimulating the nervous system. Many of these potential benefits relate to the herb's adaptogenic qualities.
One particularly interesting aspect of rhodiola is that it appears to work differently within the body than other adaptogens--the best known of which is the very popular herb Siberian ginseng. Rhodiola's unique mechanism of action excites researchers because it means this herb may be able to provide a therapeutic alternative to established adaptogens.
Some of the current findings on rhodiola relate to complex physiological interactions in the body's chemistry. But put simply, rhodiola appears to work by influencing key central nervous system chemicals--neurotransmitters called monoamines (dopamine and serotonin are examples). An imbalance of monoamines is believed to be involved in several hard-to-treat illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD); some herbalists believe taking rhodiola to normalize monoamine levels may benefit these ailments.
In contrast, most other adaptogens, such as Siberian ginseng, seem to boost the body's reserves by enhancing the output of stress-fighting hormones from the adrenal glands.
Other studies on rhodiola have shown benefits in such varied areas as increased learning capacity and memory enhancement, regulation of menstrual periods and infertility, reduction of side effects from cancer chemotherapy, increased sexual libido and erectile dysfunction, enhancement of thyroid gland function, increased capacity for work and endurance, and protection from environmental toxins.
Specifically, Rhodiola rosea may help to:
- Improve performance capacity. A handful of studies have shown that rhodiola increases performance in individuals who are working under stressful conditions. For example, a small 2000 study published in the journal Phytomedicine examined the herb's effect on mental fatigue in a group of 56 healthy young Armenian doctors doing night duty. In this double-blind study, measures of mental fatigue (such as impaired short-term memory, associative thinking, audio-visual perception) were very much improved after supplementation with a rhodiola extract as opposed to a placebo.
- Ease chronic fatigue syndrome. Rhodiola appears to have clinical benefits for chronic fatigue syndrome through a variety of mechanisms--including raising levels of neurotransmitters, improving metabolism of fatty acids, and enhancing energy molecules, such as ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and CP (creatine phosphate).
- Fight fatigue and boost energy. Even for individuals who don't have chronic fatigue syndrome, rhodiola is becoming increasingly popular to counter the exhaustion that occurs from working the body too hard, either physically or mentally. With rhodiola, problems of fatigue- or exhaustion-related sleep, appetite, and headache may lift. Those struggling to recover from an intense work schedule may also benefit from the herb's apparent energy-boosting powers.
- Prevent stress-related illnesses. Because rhodiola is an adaptogen, it's likely that this herb can help boost resistance to physical stresses--and the illnesses that commonly follow, from immune-system suppression to high blood pressure and heart disease. Acute stress in particular tends to shift the body's levels of endorphins and monoamines, neurochemicals that rhodiola helps to rebalance. More clinical research is clearly needed to demonstrate this effect, but the hope is that rhodiola taken during times of acute stress may help to stabilize the body.
Fight Against Depression.
In a study of 128 individuals of all ages with various forms of depression who were given Rhodiola rosea, all test subjects showed positive therapeutic effects. And, 65% had complete disappearance of their depression. Studies show Rhodiola rosea works by making serotonin's precursors, tryptophan and 5-HTP, more available to the brain and by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain.
Fight Against Obesity
If there is such a thing as a perfect weight loss/stress relieving herb, this could be it. Rhodiola rosea contains the two essential elements needed by most people to lose weight and truly feel great, naturally. Not only does this herb, have the ability to lift the stress that causes your body to crave foods of comfort and store more fat, it also has the power to make make you lose weight. In a placebo controlled study of Rhodiola rosea’s ability to mobilize fatty acids from adipose tissue, 121 subjects were given either Rhodiola rosea or a placebo and their serum lipid levels were tested at rest and after one hour of exercise. The Rhodiola group had 6% greater serum fatty acid levels than the placebo group at rest and 44% greater levels after one hour of exercise. This difference is due to Rhodiola rosea’s ability to activate adipose lipase, a key enzyme required to burn the body’s fat stores
In a separate placebo controlled study involving 130 overweight patients over 90 days at the Georgian State Hospital (in the former Soviet Union), of those who consumed rhodiola rosea (A dosage of 300mg. was admnistered in 1/ 100mg.capsule before each of three meals), 92% lost a remarkable average of 20 pounds while a placebo group on the same diet lost just 7 pounds. This difference is presumably due to Rhodiola rosea’s ability to activate adipose lipase, a key enzyme required to burn the body’s fat stores.
Other benefits of this amazing herb include its ability to:
Reverse emotional stress characterized by sluggishness, low motivation, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, labored breathing, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, excessive sleeping and brain cloud.
Size: 60 vegecaps
Each serving of 2 vegecaps contain:
Greenhouse Cordyceps COMPLETE - 800 mg
(Adenosine, Cordycepin, Cordycepic Acid and Polysaccharides)
Rhodiola Rosea Extract - 200 mg
(Total Rosavins > 4%, Rosavin > 3%, Salidroside>1%)
Green Tea Extract (Decaffeinated) - 100 mg
(Polyphenols > 98%, Catechins > 80%, EGCG > 60%)
Take 1 to 2 capsules daily in the morning, preferably before food.
As all the ingredients listed are natural food, this regime can and should be continued on an ongoing basis for best adaptogenic effect.
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