Blog 26th of June 2018

Rhodiola - Reducing Anxiety, Depression, and Fatigue

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Rhodiola is a beautiful flowering plant found in the colder regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. It can be recognized by its tall stature, yellow/green petals, and the many stems that grow from a single root.

But this flower is so much more than a pretty face! In fact, it has been used for centuries by various cultural groups. The Indian and Chinese have been drying and powdering the flower, turning it into tea and drinking it, for many centuries due to its healing capabilities.

And today, the rhodiola flower is used in many alternative and all-natural supplements due to its ability to reduce anxiety, induce relaxation, relieve depression, and more.

Here are five benefits of the rhodiola flower that you may not have heard of.

1. Mental Boost
If ingested, the rhodiola flower has the ability to positively impact different aspects of your mental health.

For example, it has been proven to increase one's memory - especially in those who are living with Dementia or Alzheimer's, and boost one's concentration. In fact, a study showed that this yellow flower, taken in the form of a 170 mg pill, improved the performance of overworked individuals facing fatigue by up to 20%, as opposed to their placebo-taking counterpart.

Another study showed that those who took rhodiola supplements during exams were rewarded with a score 8% higher than those in the placebo group.

Also, the rhodiola flower has the ability to increase the sensitivity of dopamine and serotonin - neurotransmitters that are associated with focus and memory, making it a great aid for those living with ADHD.

2. Weight Loss
With so many synthetic diet aids on the market, coupled with an ongoing unhealthy diet culture, there are millions of people who are mistreating their body in order to lose weight. But did you know that the rhodiola flower actually has the ability to boost weight loss?

This flower contains an enzyme called 'hormone-sensitive lipase' that speeds up the fat-burning cells in your body - a key to losing weight. This, coupled with a healthy level of exercise, can result in a quicker and healthier weight loss.

3. Energy Boost
It has been shown that rhodiola increases the ability to transport oxygen in one's red blood cells which, in turn, improves one's level of energy, vitality, and stamina - especially during periods of stress and fatigue.

For those who suffer from panic attacks, or simply get overwhelmed easily leading to low, shallow breaths, this fantastic flower can increase carbon dioxide and lactic acid, which then makes you feel stronger and calmer.

4. Stress & Anxiety Reliever
The rhodiola flower has the magical capability of reducing cortisol levels in one's body - one of our main stress hormones. And while it is essential that one has cortisol in their bodies, oftentimes there is an increase in the hormone during times of stress - such as exams. The rhodiola flower has the ability to control the amount that is being produced, thus making you feel more level-headed and calm.

Additionally, a controlled level of cortisol helps one experiences a more normal and stable blood sugar level, decreases binge eating, increases memory, encourages more cellular energy production, and increases immunity.

5. Relieves Depression
In very simple terms, depression has been linked to a decrease in serotonin in the body. Which is why the rhodiola flower has been praised for its ability to relieve depressive symptoms, due to its ability to raise one's level of serotonin by up to 30%.

With this information in mind, it is fair to say that using natural Rhodiola as opposed to synthetic anti-depressants is a far healthier and safer option for those dealing with depression.

This wonderful plant has also been linked to a reduction in anxiety. A study has shown that those living with generalised anxiety disorder experienced significant improvements in symptoms (measured based on the Hamilton anxiety rating scale used globally to assess symptoms of anxiety and depression), after taking 340 mg of rhodiola extract for 10 weeks!

To incorporate rhodiola into your routine, Go4Balance Enjoy herbal drops is a synergy of seven natural ingredients that help eradicate feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression. You can find out more about this supplement here.

And finally, a word from Chris Kilham, a specialist in discovering natural remedies:

"Over 300 human studies on rhodiola rosea show that the plant has anti-stress, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressant properties, and that taking the extract of the root produces no significant negative effects. This is in sharp contrast to drugs for the same purposes, which typically cause sleep disorders, digestive upset, sexual dysfunction and a variety of mood disorders.

Unlike many other herbs, rhodiola rosea produces a palpable experience. When you take a preparation of this plant, you feel it. Typically, users report enhanced energy, improved mood, greatly reduced stress, better sleep and improved sexual vitality."

I wish you a wonderful day, and a positive and healthy lifestyle,

Lieve Plasch,

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