RHODIOLA ROSEA FROM AOR OFFERS POTENT ADAPTOGENIC PROPERTIES.
Containing 100mg of each Rhodiola and Ginseng per capsule AOR Rhodiola With
Ginseng has also been shown to offer immune enhancing benefits, those who
supplement regularly report an increased sense of well being, lessened
mental fatigue and better ability to deal with stress and prevent burnout.
Rhodiola is a powerful adaptogen particularly useful for those feel stressed
and respond with anger or anxiousness. [VCAPS]
Rhodiola rosea root
Capsule: hypromellose, potassium acetate, gellan gum,
Free of all common allergens, including: wheat, dairy, eggs,
corn, soy, and yeast.
Support for the adrenal glands.
Immune enhancing benefits.
Helps to prevent burnout.
A good choice for those experience high stress levels and
feel angry or irritable.
Take 2 capsules daily, or as directed by a
Clinical dosage and therapeutic
specialty supplements recommended by practitioners for their purity,
potency, and effectiveness.
Rhodiola for Health Benefits
Rhodiola is authentic Russian Rhodiola rosea, an herb with a long history of use
as an adaptogen and sexual tonic in the traditional medicine of Iceland, Norway,
the Carpathian Mountains of the Ukraine, and above all in Siberia, for
adaptation to the rigors of life on the tundras of North-central Asia.
Dioscorides, the father of medical botany, provides the earliest documented
medicinal use of this botanical in De Materia Medica, a phytomedicinal text
which formed the basis of Western pharmaceutical and herbal writing for the next
1500 years. In more recent times, Rhodiola preparations have been listed in the
national pharmacopoeias of France, Sweden, Denmark, and the former USSR, as an
adaptogen and "brain tonic." In the nations of the former Soviet Union, Rhodiola
is traditionally prepared in the form of a tincture called "nastojka", decocted
from fresh Rhodiola roots by soaking the roots in 40% alcohol for one week.
Rigorous testing of Rhodiola's adaptogenic properties began in the former Soviet
Union in the mid-60s, and has continued to this day. Four decades of animal
studies and controlled clinical trials in humans clearly demonstrates that
Rhodiola extract is a true adaptogenic botanical.
As a classic adaptogen, Rhodiola extracts both steel the organism against the
eventuality of stressors, and prevent an overshoot into burnout when those
stressors are endured. This can be seen in the botanical's simultaneous
bolstering of the baseline levels of adaptive neurotransmitters and hormones
typically increased in response to adaptation to the rigors of endurance
training, and prevention of overactivation of those same pathways when the
organism is in a stressful environment. As another example of the adaptive,
balancing effect of Rhodiola, the key component salidroside has been found to
prevent excessive blood sugar levels after an injection of adrenaline (which
normally causes the body to pump out more glucose) and to prevent blood sugar
levels from falling too low after an injection of insulin.
Rhodiola Rosea's reputation as an adaptogen includes the ability to stimulate
the nervous system, decrease depression, enhance work performance, eliminate
fatigue, and prevent high altitude sickness. It is also claimed to function as
an antidepressant, to fight cancer, to protect the cardiovascular system and to
enhance the central nervous system. Studies suggest that it can help prevent
symptoms associated with intense physical or mental strain such as a decline in
work performance, sleep difficulties, poor appetite, irritability, hypertension,
headaches and fatigue.
Soviet scientists discovered a generation ago that Rhodiola allows experimental
animals to use their body's glycogen energy reserves more sparingly under forced
exercise, and to replenish those reserves (and reserves of the crucial
high-energy compound creatine phosphate) more quickly afterwards. These
properties doubtless contribute to Rhodiola's ability to extend animals'
endurance during forced swimming or clinging to a rod to avoid falling. To make
sure that Rhodiola's effects on physical performance was an adaptogenic effect,
and not caused by flooding the body with steroids, scientists looked for the
kind of hyper-masculinization you see in steroid freaks at the gym: no such
signs were found.
Accordingly, Rhodiola extracts improve the organism's capacity to stand up
against a wide variety of stressors, including heat shock, heavy metal exposure,
free radical assault, high latitude, liver-damaging chemicals, and exhaustive
exercise. When eggs from freshwater snails were incubated with Rhodiola rosea,
they had a survival rate of 90% when exposed to heat shock, compared to only 9%
for eggs that were not exposed to Rhodiola. Rhodiola also increased resistance
to oxidative stress and heavy metal exposure.
Another example is Rhodiola's ability to protect the heart from stress. When lab
animals are subjected to extreme cold or to massive doses of the stress hormone
adrenaline, the regular, controlled beating of their hearts is disrupted and the
oxygen supply is temporarily cut off. But Rhodiola supplements prevent
arrhythmia, reduce the damage to the muscle cells of the heart, and balance the
overflow of stress neurotransmitters normally associated with these stressors.
In rats, Rhodiola Rosea has been found to benefit learning and memory, as well
as responses to stress. Furthermore, rat studies found that Rhodiola rosea could
block the growth of tumors, decrease metastasis, and extend survival times. It
also enhanced the effects of the antitumor drug cyclophosphamide.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study observed the effects of
Rhodiola rosea intake on the physical performance of 24 healthy students. After
taking a dose of either Rhodiola rosea or placebo, students waited an hour and
then performed various physical tests. It was found that the test group had an
increased time to exhaustion, as well as increased breathing compared to the
control group. The study therefore concluded that Rhodiola rosea can improve the
endurance exercise capacity in healthy young adults. While most stimulants of
the central nervous system such as caffeine and amphetamines create a temporary
effect that is lessened with repeated intakes, Rhodioa rosea was found to
maintain its effects despite repeated intakes.
In another study, a Rhodiola rosea extract along with a combination of vitamins
and minerals was given to 120 adults with physical and cognitive deficiencies in
a 12 week drug monitoring study. There was a significant improvement in these
deficiencies, with observed improvements in symptoms such as exhaustion,
decreased motivation, daytime sleepiness, sleep disturbances, concentration
deficiencies, forgetfulness, susceptibility to stress and irritability. This is
likely due to Rhodiola's ability to influence the levels of several
neurotransmitters in the brain.
It's How You FeelPeople who have tried this botanical report that they feel better on
Rhodiola. The effect is described in terms of a continuous sensation of physical
and mental relief from stress, and anecdotally appears to be most pronounced in
people who typically respond to stress with anger or sensations of helplessness.
Animal studies have given us some clues to the neurochemical basis of these
effects: Rhodiola has well-documented effects on the metabolism of a variety of
neurotransmitters. For instance, Rhodiola enhances the transport of the
serotonin raw materials tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) across the
blood-brain barrier, and decreases the action of the serotonin-degrading
catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) enzyme. It also boosts brain levels of
dopamine, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine, all of which are key
neurotransmitters targeted by major classes of antidepressant drugs. Rhodiola
also appears to influence the synthesis, levels, and/or activity of endorphins
and enkephalins, since blocking the receptors for some of these "feel-good"
peptides negates some of Rhodiola's effects.
Earlier research identified salidroside (and its free form, p-tyrosol)
as a key active ingredient in Rhodiola, and many clinical trials still use
salidroside as the sole active for standardization of their Rhodiola botanicals.
More recently, studies have focused on the effects of rosavin. Some Rhodiola
species found in China and elsewhere contain salidroside but not rosavin, the
most characteristic active ingredient of true Rhodiola rosea. On the other hand,
many products fail to standardize for the salidroside content, despite the
extensive documentation of its adaptogenic effects. A properly-standardized
Rhodiola extract will contain at least 3% rosavins and 1% salidroside; p-tyrosol
will also be present in small amounts.
The Importance of Full Standardization
What is it?
North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is a perennial plant in the ivy
family that is native to eastern North America and has a long history of use by
the Native North Americans. Because of its adaptogenic, immunomodulatory,
anti-cancer, cardiovascular, central nervous system (CNS), endocrine, and
energy-boosting effects, it began to be cultivated in China.
Because of this, it has been incorporated into Traditional Chinese Medicine as
well. The active constituents in North American ginseng are ginsenosides,
similarly to other genuine ginsengs of the Panax family.
What does it do?
North American ginseng has been widely studied and has been shown to have
several beneficial effects. It has been shown to promote the regulation of blood
sugar levels in diabetics and is successful in preventing influenza infection in
the elderly. It has also been studied for its ability to enhance libido and
sexual performance, although the exact mechanism of action is not yet
understood. Interestingly, in males, ginsenosides have been shown to directly
facilitate penile erection. Recently, the University of Hong Kong identified
North American ginseng as having anti-inflammatory effects as well.
Interestingly some ginsenosides can act as weak phytoestrogens, a term used to
describe plant compounds that can mimic the female hormone estrogen in the body.
For more information on the hormonal effects of ginsenosides, please see the
What are the Chinese Medicine properties of North American ginseng?
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), American ginseng promotes yin
energy, cleans excess yang and calms the body. This means that it is a more
nourishing and cooling herb that can be used more in the summertime or by those
with "hot" conditions such as acne, red rashes, mouth ulcers and anxiety.