Rhodiola rosea is native to the Northern regions of Canada, Scandinavia, and Siberia. It is now cultivated in Finland, Sweden, and Russia. It prefers dry, sandy soil, cool temperatures, and full SUN. Traditional folk medicine used Rhodiola rosea to increase endurance, work productivity, longevity, resistance to high altitudes (making it great for Jetlag), and to treat fatigue, depression, anemia impotence, gastrointestinal ailments, infections, and nervous system disorders.
More History: Chinese emperors, who were always looking for the secret to long life and immortality, sent expeditions into Siberia to collect and bring back the Rhodiola rosea plant. Siberians secretly transported Rhodiola rosea down ancient trails to the Caucasian Mountains, where Rhodiola rosea was traded for Georgian wines, fruits, garlic, and honey.
In Siberia, Rhodiola rosea was taken regularly, especially during the cold and wet winters, to prevent sickness. In Mongolia, Rhodiola rosea was used for the treatment of tuberculosis, and Cancer. In mountain villages of Siberia, a bouquet of Rhodiola rosea roots still is given to couples before marriage to enhance fertility and assure the birth of healthy children.
Rhodiola rosea is a succulent that grows in cool, northern climates. It is native to Canada, Russia, “and Scandinavian countries. Rhodiola rosea grows best in full sun and dry, sandy soil, or a rock garden. Rhodiola rosea is part of the official Russian pharmacopeia as an antidepressant and nerve tonic. Traditionally, Rhodiola rosea was used to improve mental stamina and physical endurance, to boost the immune system during winter, and as fertility and endocrine tonic for women and men.
Like eleuthero, Rhodiola rosea can improve the defense (immune) system in athletes, when intense training can sometimes cause a drop in immune function. Rhodiola rosea may also help stabilize blood sugar levels, help with fertility and reproductive health in females and males, strengthen the heart, and protect the heart from stress-related damage. Another name for Rhodiola rosea is roseroot.
Studies on the chemical composition of Rhodiola rosea were initiated in the 1960s by researchers in Eastern Europe and published mainly in Slavic and Scandinavian languages. Recent phytochemical work using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC) coupled with mass spectrometry (MS) techniques have achieved more efficient and rapid separation and identification of known as well as novel minor compounds. Over 140 phytochemicals belonging to several distinct biosynthetic classes have been isolated from Rhodiola rosea plants, mainly from Rhodiola rosea roots and (or) rhizomes as well as from the aerial parts.
These include phenylethanol derivatives, salidroside, and p-tyrosol, phenylalkanoids, particularly the phenylpropanoid glycosides, Rosavin, rosarin, and rosin (collectively known as the “rosavins”), terpenes, essential oils, simple phenolics, flavonoids (flavonols, flavonolignans), proanthocyanidins, gallic acid esters, cyanogenic glucosides, and tannins.
Canadian (Nunavik) Populations of Rhodiola rosea
Most of our knowledge about Rhodiola rosea phytochemistry stems from Eurasian populations. Recently, Rhodiola rosea populations were discovered in Nunavik, Northern Québec, Canada. Rhodiola rosea is used by the indigenous Inuit people as a tonic to maintain mental and physical health or to prevent illness. Comparative phytochemical analyses within local populations, as well as with Eurasian Rhodiola rosea samples, have shown exciting trends in phytochemical profiles.
HPLC and LC-ESI-TOF analyses (liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-time of flight) show that salidroside, Rosavin, rosarin, and rosin, the critical marker compounds of R. rosea, are also present in the Nunavik populations. A comparative study of Eurasian and Nunavik Rhodioloside F, a monoterpene glycoside, was detected in the Eurasian population, but only in low amounts in one of the four Nunavik populations analyzed. Rhodioloside D and mongrhoside were detected only in the Eurasian population, but not in the Nunavik ones, suggesting the potential for these to be distinguishing marker compounds. However, more samples are needed to validate these findings.
Rhodiola rosea Effects Upon the Central Nervous System (CNS)
The systemic study of the pharmacological effects of Rhodiola Rosea, begun in 1965. Studies found that in small to medium doses, Rhodiola rosea has a stimulating impact. More massive doses were found to have more sedative effects. The lower doses increased the bioelectrical activity in the brain, by direct effects on the brainstem ascending and descending reticular formation. Medium doses, unlike tranquilizers, enhanced the development of reflexes and facilitated learning.
In conclusion, small and medium doses, Rhodiola rosea stimulated norepinephrine (NE), Dopamine (DA), Serotonin (%-HT), and nicotinic cholinergic effects in the central nervous system.
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Ingredients: Wild harvested Rhodiola rosea
Parts Used: Root
Forms: Two ounces of powder or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).
How to use:
Powder: Take 1/2 tsp of dried powder in 8 oz. glass of favorite juice or smoothie once a day.
Capsules: Take 1 capsule 2 times a day with water or favorite beverage.
The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all-natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide, and Sulfite FREE!
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