Rhodiola rosea is more commonly known as arctic root. As the name implies, this plant grows in cold climates. While this plant grows in mainly the arctic regions, such as the Russian tundra, it grows in mountainous areas as well. This plant can be found throughout the Alps, Scandinavian countries, Iceland, Asia and even in the higher elevations of North America. It has been used for hundreds of years by individuals living in cold climates to treat a number of health ailments. I have been using herbal remedies for one ailment and another. It not only is safer and less expensive than prescription and over-the-counter medications, I also save money with less trips to the doctor.
Arctic root contains adaptogens. These are excellent for reducing stress. When you are under a stressful situation and let it affect you, it affects your body at the same time. The root cause for many health ailments is stress. For example, you may suffer from high blood pressure because of stress or may have weight issues due to stress eating. Adaptogens help your body adjust to stress, and, while helping you to alleviate it from your mind, rids it from your body as well.
Arctic root is used as an anti-depressant. Taking this herb helps stimulate the secretion of serotonin, and dopamine. These hormones are what make you feel good, both physically and mentally. When you have an increase of these hormones the feelings or anxiety and depression are alleviated.
Arctic is an excellent tool in weight loss. Taking it will speed up your metabolism. When your metabolism is increased, more fat will be burned.
Arctic root increases energy by improving the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system. This also gives people, especially athletes, more energy and stamina. This also helps if you have a hectic schedule and are feeling fatigued. Arctic root gives you the edge to get through the day. With its reputation of increasing energy naturally, it is healthier to take arctic root than to guzzle a Monster.
You can find arctic root products in most health food stores. It is usually sold as liquids, tablets and capsules. It can also be purchased through sites such as Amazon and EBay.
Before using arctic root, it is important to talk to your doctor before using it. Arctic root can interact with any other medications and vitamins you are taking. Make sure that you do not exceed the recommended dosage.