Rhodiola rosea, indigenous to the polar arctic regions of
eastern Siberia, has been shown on healthy men and women to have positive effects on the
nervous system and to support normal moods. Widely used in Russia, Rhodiola rosea extract
is known for its adaptogenic activity, which increases the body's resistance to stress.
Rhodiola rosea leads to an increase in the amount of basic b-endorphin in the blood plasma
which inhibits the hormonal changes indicative of stress.
Cardioprotective Benefits of Rhodiola rosea - Eksp Klin Farmakologie 1994.
In a Russian study, an extract of Rhodiola rosea was examined for its effects on the
pattern of stress-induced cardiac damage which was measured by enzyme accumulation in the
heart. Rhodiola rosea was found to help prevent stress induced cardiac damage.
Simultaneously, the extract was determined to help prevent both stress induced release of
proteins and higher enzyme levels, which can ultimately damage heart tissue. The findings
suggest antistressor and cardioprotective benefits of Rhodiola rosea without harmful
effects on the heart.
Rhodiola rosea is also known as: