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Can Rhodiola Rosea Fight Alzheimer's?

Jennifer Wegerer
By Jennifer WegererNovember 14, 2013

The herb rhodiola rosea, native to mountainous regions of Europe, Asia and the Arctic, has shown to help reduce stress. It’s a staple of Eastern European and Scandinavian diets and is used to stimulate the nervous system, improve stamina and eliminate fatigue. Recently, rhodiola rosea has gained notice as a potential aid for memory loss, making it the subject of studies on aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

Herbal remedies have made their way into the mainstream over the past several decades. For some, they’re a reliable means for treating health issues and maintaining wellness. People might take ginseng to increase energy levels, goldenseal to fight colds, or echinacea to strengthen the immune system.

Recently, rhodiola rosea has been added to the list of herbs that promote healthy aging and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

How Does Rhodiola Rosea Work?

Rhodiola rosea contains phenylpropanoids, which are believed to enhance cognitive function and have a calming effect. In addition, it contains antioxidant compounds that help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. It’s also shown to improve glycogen production and increase endurance, all beneficial during physical activity.

What Does Research on Rhodiola Rosea Show?

Studies on students and physicians demonstrate the herb’s ability to reduce stress levels and fatigue. Additionally, research has shown that the herb slows the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is linked to memory. A proofreading study indicated that participants who took a single dose of rhodiola rosea (300 mg) significantly decreased errors compared to the control group.

Can Rhodiola Rosea Treat Alzheimer’s?

Recent studies reveal that rhodiola rosea improves memory in rats with signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Nevertheless, more studies are needed to determine whether it’s a bona fide treatment for severe memory loss in humans. Its other effects, namely its ability to fight fatigue, stress and depression, all symptoms of Alzheimer’s, could still be of benefit to Alzheimer’s patients. However, patients and their families should always consult a physician before trying any alternative therapies for their illness.

What’s your experience using herbal remedies to fight memory loss or aid in overall wellness?

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