Traditional Research on Rhodiola Rosea for Memory, Mood, and Energy
Use of rhodiola rosea has a long and storied history in China, Tibet, Russia, and Scandinavia. In these countries it has been used for a range of conditions such as stress-induced depression, anxiety, fatigue, anaemia, impotence, infections (including colds and influenza), cancer, nervous system disorders, and headaches. (1)
It is also regarded as a tonic and stimulant, used to increase physical endurance, stress
resistance, attention span, memory and work productivity, and resistance to high altitude sickness. (2) Pretty impressive for a single herb!
Clinical Research on Rhodiola Rosea for Memory, Mood, and Energy
The amount of clinical research on rhodiola rosea is astonishing. In the review of rhodiola in HerbalGram, a publication of the American Botanical Council, it is stated that, “since 1960, more than 180 pharmacological, phytochemical, and clinical studies have been published.” (3)
Below are a small sample of some of the most striking studies that relate to its support for cognition and vitality, particularly memory, focus, and energy.
The wide range of uses for this amazing herb have deemed it a first class adaptogen, which are a special class of substances that help the body adapt to stressors of all kinds and have a normalizing effect of bodily processes.
Rhodiola rosea is one of my personal favorite herbs and it is one of the few herbs I use on an ongoing basis. It has given me a visceral increase in energy and has had a pronounced effect on my adrenal function. This was confirmed by an adrenal hormone panel taken before use of rhodiola and after three months of daily use.
Whether you are looking for help with memory, focus, energy, or mood (or all of them!), rhodiola rosea should be considered at the top of your list of natural substances to try!