This is a magical plant whose medicinal properties in recent years say a lot. It stimulates and increases the ability to work, protects the body from the damaging effects of free radicals and prevents the occurance of some cancers…

“King’s Crown”, “Siberian rose” and “Golden root” are the three most common names for Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), yet another in a series of “magical” plants whose medicinal properties are known among people. However, the better informed people know that, in the past, Rhodiola was one of the most mysterious and most respected herbs.

It was believed that people who accidentally found Rhodiola will spend “two centuries in good health and happiness”. Moreover, the knowledge of its habitat was strictly guarded and passed down as a family secret.

It is known that Rhodiola, this very medicinal plant, was particularly appreciated by Chinese emperors and ancient Greeks because of its medicinal qualities.

Rhodiola grows on sandy soil and high altitudes of Europe and Asia Arctic regions. It grows up to 70 centimeters and has flowers, usually yellow.

During the 20th century, science has confirmed its healing properties and ranked it among the adaptogenic plants that have rather complex effect on the human body. Rhodiola is rich in flavonoids. It is proven that flavonoids strengthen the immune system, effectively fight free radicals and can reduce the consequences of stress. In addition, this fact increases the plant biochemical and functional potential of the organism.

Curative Rhodiola was first studied by Georgy Vasilyev Krylov in 1961. Georgy was a Russian botanist and taxonomic who published more than 180 pharmacological, phytochemical and clinical studies about Rhodiola. Krylov, however, discovered that the root of this plant contains powerful adaptogens and that can protect humans and animals from physical and mental stress, toxins and cold, and can even improve mood and give energy and mental acuity.

Research in modern medicine have shown that Rhodiola:

* Encourages and increases the ability to work

* Protects the body from the damaging effects of free radicals

* Prevents the incidence of some cancers

* Increases the bioelectrical activity of the brain

* Encourages the proper functioning of the thyroid gland

* Recovers the body after physical exertion and increases physical ability

* Relieves emotional stress

* Prevents arrhythmia

* Enhances the sex glands (gonads)

* Increases the amount of serotonin in the hypothalamus and midbrain

* Improves sleep

It has no side effects

Adaptogens are substances that help the body to adapt to the external and internal conditions in which the body is located, and they help with variety of mental and physical stress. In the former Soviet Union tests have shown numerous positive effects of Rhodiola in the body, and then the research is done in Western European countries. Although none of the studies have shown adverse effects of this plant, scientists believe that there are almost none, because it is used in Russia for centuries without any harmful effects.

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