My 3 Favorite Supplements Series: Rhodiola Rosea (Blog Classic, Jan. 20, 2009)
Because I have drug sensitivities, like a lot of people with fibromyalgia (FMS) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS), I'm not taking any medications for my FMS. Instead, I rely largely on supplements.
A few months ago, someone in my Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome community forum mentioned one I hadn't heard - rhodiola rosea (a.k.a. golden root). I did some research on it and decided it was one to try.
Rhodiola is a powerful antioxidant and adaptogen (adaptogens help your body balance and regulate itself). It hasn't been studied specifically for FMS or ME/CFS, but clinical trials show that it helps with many of the problems we have. According to researchers, rhodiola:
- Protects the body from stress by balancing cortisol levels
- Improves concentration and overall mental performance
- Has anti-viral properties
- Is a natural antidepressant
- Boosts levels of the neurotransmitters we tend to be low in: serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine
- Stabilizes emotions
- Reduces insomnia
So you can see why I wanted to try it! At least in my experience, rhodiola does its job well. Since I started taking it, I've dealt with stress better, had less fibrofog, slept more deeply and felt better overall.
Who else has used rhodiola? What did it do for you? Leave your comments below!
Learn more or join the conversation!
- Supplements for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- The Role of Neurotransmitters in FMS & ME/CFS
- Your Diet for Managing Symptoms
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