While some stress can be good for us, a lot of stress can be harmful. Higher, prolonged levels of the stress hormone cortisol have been shown to have negative effects, including:
- Impaired cognitive performance
- Impaired sugar and lipid metabolisms – leading to increased abdominal fat
- Suppressed immune system function
- Decreased muscle mass and mood
- Accelerated ageing process
Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to its normal state. This can lead to health problems resulting from too much circulating cortisol or too little cortisol if the adrenal glands become chronically fatigued. (Adrenal fatigue).
Decreasing Stress with Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea is a powerful adaptogen that has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine for thousands of years. Adaptogens are a class of herbs which help our bodies adjust to the stress of our environment so we can achieve optimal performance.
Rhodiola Rosea reduces the stress hormone cortisol and enhances our ability to deal with stress while also increasing immunity.
In fact, at the recent Bulletproof Conference, the positive feedback was overwhelming! Everyone loved it! Several speakers even touted the benefits on stage. And with flu and cold season upon us, the immune boosting benefits will make sure you have fewer lost days due to frustrating illnesses. It’s easy to say Rhodiola is truly a superstar.
What’s cooler, is the fact that scientific studies back it up:
Rhodiola decreases reactive oxygen species (ROS) – aka free radicals – meaning it has anti-oxidative properties.
This can lead to:
- Lowering inflammation
- Slowing down the ageing process
- Increasing your chances of avoiding seasonal cold and flu
In that study, it actually increased antimicrobial peptide gene expression – meaning we’re better able to win the fight against germs. Other evidence shows Rhodiola Rosea helped reduced general fatigue in stressful situations.
Let’s say you’re running a company, working to a deadline or hitting a heavy training session. Those are stressful environments that demand focus on the task at hand while blocking out distractions and “noise”. It is that exact environment in which Rhodiola Rosea – Serotonin Brain Food excels! The non-drowsy formula allows you to maintain cognition with an element of peace, calm and reflection.
Rhodiola supplementation can lead to increased glucose & lipid metabolism. Chronically elevated levels of cortisol have negative impacts on blood sugar and fat metabolism. By lowering cortisol with Rhodiola Rosea, Natural Stacks Serotonin Brain Food may help to reduce cravings for high sugar foods, stabilise blood sugar levels and positively impact your 6 pack!
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