Rhodiola Rosea– Your Hormone Helper- Did I catch your attention? I know it did mine a while back when I was trying to get a handle on my most annoying hot flash situation. This little root plant was pivotal in me becoming “kinda” sane again. No comments from the peanut gallery, you hear? I embrace my craziness, I just prefer to be more in control of it. 🙂 But in all honesty, you know what I mean right? Hot flashes SUCK. I truly wanted to have my hair pinned on top of my head and wanted to walk around shirtless all day long. My hot flashes were not at night but more throughout the day, so the whole shirtless thing really was not an option.
What is Rhodiola Rosea? Rhodiola Rosea is a Siberian plant also known as Golden Root. It has been used traditionally for hundreds of years in countries including Russia and Siberia. Identified as an adaptogen through extensive research, Rhodiola Rosea has demonstrated a number of versatile properties, the # one for me was its ability to act as a natural thermostat for my body. Don’t laugh it really works.
The added bonus I discovered after taking this wonderful supplement is that it also seemed to provide me with more energy during the day. After a little more research, I realized this was due to the adaptogenic effect. The adaptogenic effect is basically when the herb that is taken appears to increase the body’s ability to adapt to stress and changing situations.
A “Hormone Thermostat”
According to Dr. Frank Lipman, Functional and Integrative M.D., “Rhodiola Rosea acts like a hormone thermostat, especially as it pertains to cortisol, one of our main stress hormones. I believe that cortisol, which is secreted in sync with your circadian rhythms is usually, if not always, out of whack when you’re stressed out and exhausted. This means the cortisol level is either too high when it should be low or not high enough when we need more. Getting your cortisol back in rhythm when you’re compromised is crucial and Rhodiola literally helps balance the cortisol levels in your body, raising or lowering it as needed.”
To learn more about Rhodiola Rosa and if it is right for you, you may visit my nutraceutical site and see the exact supplement I took that brought me back to my “kinda” sane state. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. If you like tea you might want to also check this out, I drank this tea everyday. This tea has Black Cohosh, Damiana, Dong Quai, Feverfew, Passionflower, Suma, and Cinnamon in it. It not only helped me, it tasted AMAZING.
Caution: Avoid if you have manic depression or are bipolar. Rhodiola Rosa is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Although it’s unusual, at high doses Rhodiola Rosa can cause insomnia.