Ingredient Spotlight: Rhodiola Rosea
The Arctic, Scandinavia, the Alps – wherever there are high mountains and a cold climate you’re likely to find the perennial herb Rhodiola rosea thriving. This ability to survive a demanding, stressful environment is not only Rhodiola’s distinguishing feature, it’s also its most noteworthy benefit to you and I.
Rhodiola rosea (pronounced: ro-dee-o-luh ro-zay-uh) has been successfully used for centuries in Eastern Europe to help people deal with the harsh, cold climate. Today, Rhodiola is well known as an adaptogenic herb – it literally helps you “adapt” to the stress of a changing environment – that has positive effects on energy, fatigue, brain function, and, most importantly, testosterone and sexual health. Its primary benefits are summarized below.
1. Rhodiola rosea makes you lean
Our environment is constantly bombarding us with various forms of stress – rush hour traffic, processed foods, a dimwit boss (or dimwit employees) – and as the stress accumulates, so does cortisol. More cortisol means less testosterone which means less muscle, more body fat, less energy, and a poor sex drive. Rhodiola rosea reduces the acute and chronic effects of stress by decreasing adrenal cortisol production and modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. That means more testosterone, less fat, and more muscle.
2. Rhodiola rosea makes you happy
Chronic stress not only increases cortisol, it also causes fatigue which can eventually lead to burnout (unremitting physical weakness, depression, poor concentration, insomnia, irritability, etc.). Rhodiola rosea can fight fatigue, prevent burnout, and improve energy levels and mood by enhancing mitochondrial function, balancing your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and influencing the action of neurotransmitters in the brain (especially the ones that make you feel good).
3. Rhodiola rosea makes you smart
Rhodiola positively influences levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, the chemicals chiefly responsible for brain function. The result is improved concentration, associative thinking, learning, attention, ability to recall random useless facts, and ability to remember where you parked and whether or not it’s your anniversary (essentially everything you use your brain for).
Bonus: In a study of men with erectile dysfunction and/or premature ejaculation, 26 out of 35 men (74%) experienced an improvement in sexual function after taking Rhodiola rosea for just 12 weeks.
Clearly, Rhodiola rosea is an incredible herb (that’s why we put it in RenewMale). In fact, anything that makes you leaner, happier, and smarter is something you want to keep around. It can also increase testosterone, improve your sex life, and help you survive and thrive in today’s demanding, stressful climate.
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