Rhodiola rosea, known as rose root or Arctic root, is a remarkable plant which restores the balance of the whole system and helps the organism to adapt and deal better with excessive psychophysical tension. It is commonly used in traditional medicine because of its positive effect on cognitive functions, efficiency, memory and the ability to maintain optimal, stable brain functions.
Stress is always going to impede the normal functioning of the nervous system and negatively affect cognitive functions. Rhodiola rosea reduces the level of cortisol (the stress hormone), levels out the emotional extremes and increases immunity to stress factors, which, in turn, creates perfect conditions for great well-being and normal brain functioning.
Rose root exhibits strong antidepressive effect and is nearly as efficient in treating depression as popular pharmacological agents. It affects the level of neurotransmitters responsible for the regulation of emotions, the mood and anxiety. Thus, it reduces mental fatigue, eliminates anxiety and improves the mood. It also affects sleep quality by reducing the time of falling asleep and prolonging sleep itself.
As its effect on the organism is very beneficial and has no side effects, there are no official contraindications of the use of rose root, and supplementation with the perennial plant is becoming more and more popular. The extract is usually available in the form of capsules or powder. An average dose of the extract is 200-400 mg per day. It is standardised to the content of rosavin and salidroside (active components) in the proportion 1:3 (similar to the proportion that occurs naturally in rose root).