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Rhodiola Rosea (golden root)

 

This Russian herb, also known as golden root, was one of the best kept secrets in the dietary supplement world. This herb falls into the category of adaptogens, compounds which allow your body to adapt to stress.  This herb has been shown to significantly allow for improvements in athletic performance. The majority of research performed on rhodiola rosea has been geared towards improving physical and mental performance. Rhodiola rosea has been shown to delay fatigue and improve energy utilization during exercise.  Muscle proteins and glutamic acid levels have been shown to be enhanced when supplementing with this extraordinary supplement.  It has even been linked to increased creatine phosphate and ATP (energy) levels.  All of this leads scientists to believe that this supplement may increase strength and lean body mass. Researchers speculate that rodiola rosea helps reduce the stress that occurs secondary to exercise by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system which causes relaxation (as opposed to the sympathetic nervous system which causes stimulation). The results of 35 years of intensive clinical studies on Rhodiola Rosea performed at leading Soviet and Scandinavian clinics including the prestigious Institute of Medical and Biological Problems at the Russian Federation Ministry of Health show that this nutrient can help increase protein synthesis, remove ammonia from the blood and have a detoxifying effect, increase blood supply to the muscles and the brain, and improve athletic performance. A good dose is 100 mg taken three times daily, especially after a hard workout. 

 

 

 

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