The Golden Root
Roseroot is also known by the common names Rhodiola, Rosenroot, Golden Root, Arctic Root, Orpin Rose, Rhodiole Rougeatre. Legend has it that roseroot was in used by the Vikings as a medicine and for its strengthening properties & to increase stamina. It is know in Iceland that roseroot is used to “enhance the intellect”, “reverse physical weakness” and “to restore weak nerves”. In Sweden the Lapps or indigenous people are said to chew on bits of roots during long journeys to give them much needed endurance. And note: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states that roseroot “contributes to optimal mental and cognitive activity”.
History of Roseroot
A unique arctic herb that grows and thrives in dry, sandy ground at high altitudes. Roseroot has a legendary history dating back thousands of years. In 77 A.D., the Greek physician Dioscorides documented the medical applications of the plant. The Vikings depended on the herb to enhance their physical strength and endurance, while Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to bring back “the golden root” for medicinal preparations.
Research on Roseroot aka Rhodiola rosea and other medicinal herbs was part of the Soviet Union’s great push to compete with the West in military development, the arms race, space exploration, Olympic sports, science, medicine, and industry. It is a popular plant in traditional medical systems in Eastern Europe and Asia, with a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance and eliminating fatigue.
Rhodiola rosea (pronounced /”Roh-dee-oh-luh Rose-ay-uh”/) is a powerful adaptogen that increases resistance to physical and mental stress. However, rhodiola does much more than that. It also enhances your mood, focus and physical energy while reducing anxiety, depression and fatigue. And the list of benefits goes on. It is one of those rare and magical herbs that has so many varied benefits, you have to marvel at how Mother Nature could concentrate so much healing power into a single plant!
For the use of:
• Mental exhaustion
• Low energy
• Weakened immune system
• Tiredness and loss of vitality
• Increases physical and mental performance
• Prevents tiredness and loss of vitality
• Lessen physical and mental stress (depression)
• Increases the resistance to cold and flu
• Increase sexual lust
• Improves mental mood and outlook
Phenylpropanoids such as rosavin, rosarin and rosin are typical components of Rhodiola rosea root. Other constituents include salidroside (a hydroxyphenethyl (tyrosol) glucoside) and the monoterpene rosiridin. Salidroside is present in a variety of species, including some outside the Rhodiola genus. The term rosavins is used collectively for rosavin, rosin and rosarin. Because of the occurrence of salidroside in other species, Rhodiola extracts are best standardised for both rosavins and salidroside. The naturally occurring ratio of rosavins to salidroside in the authentic root is approximately 3:1.
Other species containing salidroside but not rosavins have been substituted for R. rosea. Analysis of commercial samples of Rhodiola available in the United States in 2000 found that although all of the samples contained R. rosea extracts, the amounts of phenylpropanoid constituents were lower than in the reference plant material, suggesting admixture with other species. The daily dose of phenylpropanoid constituents varied widely from 0.78 to 6.87 mg, based on the manufacturers recommended tablet dosage.Russian experience in the 1980s found that products manufactured with Rhodiola root not containing rosavins were therapeutically inferior.
Other constituents of Rhodiola root include flavonoids, tannins and an essential oil. (In comparison with some other medicinal roots, Rhodiola root contains a low content of essential oil.) In terms of the characteristic rose fragrance of the root, several compounds with a rose odor and other floral notes have been identified from specimens grown in Norway. Geraniol was found to be the main rose-like odor compound, which is one of the most abundant monoterpene alcohols in the essential oil from roses.
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