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The body’s ability to effectively adapt to stress is a hallmark sign of optimal health. There are certain performance aids that help the body modulate a stress response and adapt effectively. These substances are called adaptogens for their remarkable ability to enhance stress adaptation.
Rhodiola is one the most well-studied adaptogens and its effects on human health are remarkable.
Rhodiola, or Golden root, grows in some of the coldest regions of the world. This includes much of the Artic and mountainous regions in Central Asia and the Appalachian mountains in North America. It has also been found in Iceland, Scandinavia and mountainous regions of Europe.
Mountains regions typically face both extreme heat (because they are closer to the sun) and extreme cold. Plants that are able to survive such harsh temperaments have unique adaptive qualities that benefit those who consume them.
Help to reduce oxidative stress with adaptogenic herbs
Rhodiola contains a number of powerful antioxidants including the glycosides (rosavin, rosin, rosarin) and flavonoids (rodiosin, rodionin, rodiolin, quercetin, proanthocyanidins, acetylrodaglin, kaempferol), monoterpenes, triterpenes and phenolic acids such as chlorogenic and gallic acid. This unique array of phytonutrients allows rhodiola to adapt to stressful environmental conditions and it helps modulate our ability to withstand daily stressors.
Rhodiola helps us adapt to stress by modulating stress hormone levels. When stress hormone goes too high it can leave us edgy and anxious. Overtime, it leads to fatigue, lethargy and chronic disease. Rhodiola prevents our stress hormones from going up too high at inappropriate times.
This allows our stress response system to remain strong and sensitive to the needs of our environment.
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Scientists have found that rhodiola enhances serotonin, dopamine and endorphin activity within the brain. Healthy serotonin levels are necessary to balance our mood and keep us calm and positive. Dopamine drives us towards accomplishing goals and enhances our self-esteem and confidence.
Endorphins help us to feel good and lift our mood and spirits.
Rhodiola is known to help people calm their emotions and stimulate cognitive processes that improve memory and creative thinking. Several studies have shown that rhodiola improves associative thinking, speed of audiovisual perception and ability to perform complex calculations. Researchers also found that it significantly reduced stress-induced fatigue after just two weeks of regular usage.
Boost your physical performance with adaptogenic herbs
Adaptogenic herbs, like rhodiola, enhance muscle glycogen synthesis. This is the stored sugar within muscle that allows the body to work with greater endurance during stressful periods. So, rhodiola can enhances exercise and performance during challenging workouts and competitions.
It’s well known that athletes use rhodiola to improve their strength, speed and endurance to perform at a higher level.
A 2010 study showed that rhodiola supplementation improved the usage of fatty acids as fuel during training sessions and improved athletic adaptation to stress. This herb lowered levels of lactate and skeletal muscle damage after exhaustive exercise. This was due to the ability of rhodiola to improve circulation and modulate stress hormone secretion both during and after the training sessions.
By the way, rhodiola is completely safe and approved for usage by athletes in all major sports.
How does rhodiola help improve the metabolism?
Rhodiola has also been shown to stimulate fat burning mechanisms. This is due to its effect at stimulating the enzyme adipose lipase that mobilizes fatty acids as energy source. Rhodiola helps the body preserve sugar as stored energy in the form of glycogen and burn fat as a primary energy source during times of rest and low level activity.
This metabolic shift is essential for healthy weight management and blood sugar stability.
About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.