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Stress and mental fatigue affect our performance at work or in school.
According to research published in Economics of Education Review in 2011, school is stressful. (1)
So stressful, say researchers, that both violence and suicide rates increase when school is in session.
While there will always be stressors in life—big and small—it turns out that the best way to deal with stress is to learn how to manage it. Fortunately, the best ways to manage stress work with the body, naturally harnessing its ability to adapt and thrive.
An Adaptogenic Herb to Combat Stress
Taking a powerful herb like Rhodiola rosea can help to improve work productivity before a tough deadline. Rhodiola can also be used to treat depression, fatigue, impotence, and even altitude sickness.
Rhodiola rosea—also known as “golden root” or “roseroot”—grows in dry, sandy ground at high altitudes in Europe and Asia. (2)
Traditional folk medicine of Russia and Scandinavia has been making use of Rhodiola for more than two millennia. Traditionally, Rhodiola has been used to:
- Increase work productivity, endurance, and longevity
- Treat fatigue, depression, anemia, impotence, and nervous system imbalances
- Prevent altitude sickness
Rhodiola falls into a special category of herbs, known as adaptogens. Like the name implies, adaptogenic herbs help the body adapt to the demands of its environment. This means less stress and smoother sailing.
Adaptogenic herbs promote longevity, strength, and energy.
Unlike harsh medicinal herbs—such as herbs that fight infection—adaptogenic herbs do not change the overall physiology of the body. (3)
And while each adaptogenic herb shines in its own unique way, the actions of adaptogenic herbs are non-specific. This means that regardless of the imbalance—such as extreme panic or total depression—an adaptogenic herb simply restores balance.
Boost Mental Performance with Rhodiola
Research from Russia shows that Rhodiola rosea helps the body adapt to stress and increases intellectual prowess. In one open study, 27 healthy students, physicians, and scientists were given Rhodiola extract once or twice a day for two to three weeks. (4) Those included in the group were 19 to 46 years old. The extract was taken before intense intellectual work, such as an exam.
In all cases, researchers found that Rhodiola prevented mental fatigue. Rhodiola also improved the amount and the quality of work.
Other studies have shown that a one-time dose of Rhodiola can significantly decrease the percent of errors made during proofreading exercises—particularly over a long, 8-hour stretch of time. (5)(6) Researchers have found that Rhodiola improves accurate perception and the ability to process information.
Rhodiola and Depression
Small to medium doses of Rhodiola stimulate the release and the absorption of brain chemicals that have a calming effect in the body. These are brain chemicals like norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. (7)(8)(9)
Rhodiola works with some forms of antidepressants, enhancing their ability to manage signs of depression. One study found that Rhodiola not only improves the effect of antidepressants, but it also decreases the side effects of some antidepressants. (10)
In another open study from Russia, researchers worked with 128 patients falling between the ages of 17 and 55 years old. In 64% of the cases, Rhodiola alleviated fatigue, irritability, headache, weakness, and poor focus. (11) Another study with high school students shows that Rhodiola decreases mental fatigue and anxiety, while increasing strength and coordination. (12)
Of course, if you are on an antidepressant medication, let your primary care physician know about your interest in Rhodiola before you begin taking it.
Peak Mental Performance Relies on Healthy Digestion
Besides including key herbs in your diet, mental performance relies on strong digestion and a healthy immune system.
This is why we formulated Vitality SuperGreen to contain Rhodiola.
Vitality SuperGreen is designed to improve digestion, while nourishing the cells that line the intestinal wall. It also contains several strains of beneficial bacteria that balance the inner ecosystem of the gut and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Rhodiola works in partnership with Vitality SuperGreen to boost brainpower and energy. But don’t take our word for it!
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What To Remember Most About This Article:
If stress and mental fatigue have started to take their toll on your work or school performance, keep reading. Research has proven that an adaptogenic herb called Rhodiola rosea, a.k.a. golden root, can help to improve mental fatigue by increasing longevity, endurance, and productivity.
Rhodiola can be used to correct an imbalance in the body to help it better respond to stress. Research confirms that taking Rhodiola can even improve the amount and quality of work that you put out.
Rhodiola taken in small to medium doses can also stimulate the release and absorption of beneficial brain chemicals to calm anxiety. Rhodiola can be helpful when taken with antidepressants to reduce some side effects and manage depression symptoms. When taken with antidepressants, Rhodiola use should always be monitored by a doctor.
You can boost your energy and performance today by trying the powerful Vitality SuperGreen formula made with Rhodiola - designed to improve digestion, immunity, and mental acuity. When you nourish your inner ecosystem, you'll see an immediate benefit in overall wellbeing!
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- Brichenko, V. S., Kupriyanova, I. E., & Skorokhodova, T. F. (1986). The use of herbal adaptogens together with tricyclic antidepressants in patients with psychogenic depressions. Modern Problems of Pharmacology and search for new Medicines, Tomsk, 2, 58-60.
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