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Winter, spring, summer, or fall; no matter what time of year, it's important to find ways to keep yourself motivated and your mood lifted. There are several things you can do to help enhance and elevate your mood, like getting enough rest, eating properly, and exercising regularly. Herbs can help as well. One that seems to be getting a lot of attention is Rhodiola. (Pronounced: road-ee-oh-la)

Rhodiola is native to the arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and Alaska. It has been credited with decreasing fatigue, reducing pain, improving sleep, and easing depression. (We like it already!)

For those who are affected by fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, Rhodiola has been found to help dramatically. (Prevention magazine: 10/2012)

Extensively studied in Russia and Scandinavian countries for over 35 years, Rhodiola has been categorized as an adaptogen because of its ability to increase resistance to chemical, biological, and physical stressors. Russian studies propose a positive role for Rhodiola in situations characterized by a decline in work performance, poor appetite, sleep disturbances, irritability, and fatigue.

Studies have found improved mental performance in physicians on night duty who were supplemented with Rhodiola. Medical students given Rhodiola during exam periods reported improved concentration and performance, as well as enhanced well-being, improved sleep, and greater mood stability.

In addition to aiding sleep, Rhodiola can enhance mood and decrease occasional episodes of worry and nervousness, allowing for more efficient functioning under stressful conditions.

Standardized extract: Try 100 to 200 mg per day for 1 to 2 weeks, and gradually increase by 100 mg each week as needed, up to 500 mg a day taken in 2 doses.

Safety: Use standardized extracts.

ALLERGY WARNINGS:

This product is not advisable for individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients. Please check all of the ingredients before taking. If you have any questions or concerns or are unsure about the use of this product, or if you are pregnant, consult your physician before taking this or any other herbal supplement.

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