Saturday, July 01, 2006

A Look at Arctic Root

A common complaint of older people is waning energy. While eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise is the most reliable way to stay energized, tonic herbs may also help to boost energy. One is Arctic root, or rhodiola.

Used for centuries in the traditional medicine of Russia, Scandinavia and other countries, rhodiola (R. rosea) may enhance endurance, help reduce the harmful effects of stress, and improve mood and memory. Look for products standardized to 3 percent rosavins and 1 percent salidroside; follow dosage recommendations on labels.

If you like its effect, you can stay on it indefinitely, perhaps giving yourself occasional breaks such as two or three weeks off every four months or so.

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