Rhodiola herb is from family of plants combining different species all which grow in inhospitable circumstances in all the globe. The highly valued genus of this species is Rhodiola Rosea. This plant is only found in the high altitudes of Siberia. Rhodiola is the most sought after medicinal plant, since it is difficult to cultivate it due to habitat. The herb was hand harvested from the wild in the past.
In recent times it has been easy to find from herbal vendors and on high quality online supplement stores. The benefits of using the herb are increased energy, reduction in stress and anxiety, improvement in focus, better sleep and a happier mood. Though Rhodiola herb was known for many centuries, the use of the herb has recently gained momentum in the US and Europe. The increase in usage of the herb is cited to the positive results of research that was carried in Russia.
In research on herb was done in Russia mostly in the period of the cold war. The findings of the research were not revealed by the former Soviet Union to the mainstream till the cold war ended. When the cold war ended the beneficial uses of Rhodiola Rosea were publicized. The publicizing of the results of the research was due to two important events. Firstly, an athletic coach immigrated to US encouraged American athletes to take this supplement. Secondly, Dr. Zakir Ramazanov conducted his own research and revealed results in the cold war era.
The Use of Rhodiola Herb For Depression
The research done in Russia was mainly carried out to use the herb for treating SAD( Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD is also know be the ‘winter blues’. This illness called SAD is common in Russia due to the long and dark winters, it is also noticeably influences the productivity in this time. Since only 10% of the working population works outdoors, its influences are crucial.
Modern day working has altered the metabolism due to restricted exposure to the sunlight. Light deficiency symptoms could be changes in:
Appetite, digestion, mood, energy levels, sleep disturbances, lethargy, loss of libido, irritability, food carvings. SAD is caused due to too little serotonin in the brain. Rhodiola helps in increasing the levels of serotonin and thereby reveling from the symptoms.
Rhodiola Rosea Effects:
The main primary action of the supplement is to stimulate a specific kind of enzyme called the AMPK. When these enzymes become active the body would have more of mitochondria. Mitochondria are known to be the power plants of the cells. Higher levels of mitochondria are would result in fat burning and increase the intake of glucose. More glucose levels result in increase metabolic activities, better cell functioning and increased energy levels. Studies say that it makes them feel happier.
The main ingredient in this supplement Salidroside imitates insulin and helps the muscle cells to absorb glucose. The active ingredient also is known to be an effective insulin booster. Together they help in boosting the AMPK enzymes.