Rhodiola

Rhodiola rosea is an herb from Asia and Europe.  It is not commonplace in today’s supplement market but according to the world of natural remedies it should be an everyday herb.

The studies show that Rhodiola helps with chronic fatigue.  Well, I’m a candidate for this.  Sign me up…..

I have just recently got my hands of some top quality rhodiola and will let you know the outcome.

A large percentage of people in this crazy fast paced world we live in today deal with chronic fatigue which can interfere with their day to day living.  I’m part of that percentage.  I never use to experience chronic fatigue.  My fatigue is not from stress or being too busy.  Mine stems from my Multiple Sclerosis.

Of course we all get tired from time to time.  Lately my fatigue has taken on a new dimension of a DAILY drain of energy.    Pretty much everyday around 3:00 p.m. my energy levels absolutely “tank” and I’m left with little to no physical and mental strength to get through the afternoon and early evening.  This makes it very difficult to get our evening meal prepared.  I’m hopeful that supplementing with Rhodiola is going to give me a much needed boost.

Studied show that supplementing with 200 mg of rhodiola twice a day for 2 months has a great affect on this chronic fatigue.  This study showed that the 100 participants gained significant improvement in sleep, stress levels, anxiety, low mood and physical function.   General fatigue in these study subjects decreased by 50%.  That is an amazing result.  This study also showed that significant benefit was felt early in the 2 months and continued to improve throughout the time of the study.

The results of this study and other similar studies show that supplementing with good quality Rhodiola can boost ones physical energy and performance and take care of mental fatigue improving cognition as well.

Rhodiola is being recommended by may naturopathic doctors and many integrative doctors as well.  The conditions to which it is being used for are adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, depression, ADD and ADHD.  MS is not on the list but I can’t imagine it won’t work, even if just a little bit.

The active compounds in Rhodiola are rosavin and rosarin.  These compounds are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in nature.

I’ve just recently added this herb to my health regime.  I will report back on it’s benefits as I experience them.  Fingers are crossed for even a little bit of an improvement in my MS related fatigue.

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