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US scientists 'prove' what Siberian grannies have known for generations about magical Arctic herb

By The Siberian Times Reporter
05 July 2013

Californian academics say tests confirm Rhodiola rosea aka 'golden root' DOES increase lifespan by 24% (well, this is in fruit flies).

Rhodiola 'promotes energy, stamina, sexual function and desire, reduces stress-induced chemicals, resulting in a sense of well-being'

They now surmise that the Siberian herb, which in Russia is also known for countering depression, lessening stress and as an aphrodisiac that works especially well for women, could encourage long life in humans.

'Potentially, humans - healthy or not - could live longer by consuming this root,' said Professor Mahtab Jafari, of the department of pharmaceutical sciences at University of California-Irvine. 'So far, we've only seen the effect in flies, worms and yeast. But nothing quite like this has been observed before'.

In fact, this special herb which grows in the Arctic and the Altai Mountains, has been lauded in Siberia for centuries, with Russians discovering its strengths from native peoples, and since the 1940s Soviet researchers studied its impact on athletes and later cosmonauts. It is served as a tea in Siberia and more recently it has been used in 'power drinks' and by Clarins in an anti-ageing products.

Professor Jafari stressed:'Although this study does not present clinical evidence that Rhodiola can extend human life, the finding that it does extend the lifespan of a model organism, combined with its known health benefits in humans, make this herb a promising candidate for further anti-aging research.'

The results 'reveal that Rhodiola is worthy of continued study, and we are now investigating why this herb works to increase lifespan'.

Researchers fed adult fruit flies diets supplemented at with four herbs known for their anti-aging properties, which were mixed into a yeast paste. The flies ate this mix for the duration of their lives. Three of the herbs - known by their Chinese names as Lu Duo Wei, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang and San Zhi Pian - were found to have no effect on fruit fly longevity. But Rhodiola was found to 'significantly reduce mortality', reported Biotech Week. 

'On average, Rhodiola increased survival 3.5 days in males and 3.2 days in females'.

Rhodiola rosea aka 'golden root'

Scientists have found that rhodiola begins to take effect in one dose, unlike other adaptogens such as Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), which must be taken for weeks to be effective'

Professor Jafari explained that 'if you look at the molecular pathways we study in flies, they're also highly conserved. You can find the same pathways in nearly all living things: flies, worms, rats, humans. It's scientific to think that if Rhodiola works in flies, it may also work on humans.'

Western medics first began to pay attention to the herb, which has a yellow coloured flower, only in the past decade. This followed an Armenian clinical trial showed 500 milligrams of Rhodiola rosea extract helped treat mild to moderate depression. Practitioners of 'naturopathic' or herbal medicine in the United States cottoned onto it. 

It was Russian scientist, Dr. Nicolai Lazarev, who coined the name 'adaptogen' - natural substances found only in a few rare plants and herbs, which provide special nutrients that help the body achieve optimal mental, physical and work performance, and increases your resistance to chemical, biological, and physical stressors. 

Russian researchers characterise Rhodiola rosea as an adaptogen. 

Altai Mountains Siberia

This special herb which grows in the Arctic and the Altai Mountains, has been lauded in Siberia for centuries, with Russians discovering its strengths from native peoples, and since the 1940s Soviet researchers studied its impact on athletes and later cosmonauts. Picture of Altai Mountains: Vera Salnitskaya

Rhodiola is described as 'a mild stimulant that increases production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you relax'.

Scientists have found that rhodiola begins to take effect in one dose, unlike other adaptogens such as Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), which must be taken for weeks to be effective'.

With its rose-like smell, it was also recommended to Americans in a book called Hot Plants by Chris Kilham, a 'medicine hunter' from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as an an energy and stamina booster and aphrodisiac that works especially well for women.

It 'promotes energy, stamina, sexual function and desire. It reduces stress-induced chemicals, resulting in a sense of well-being'. And longevity, too.

Just like (Siberian) babushka said! Well, she said most of that, maybe not quite all! 

Comments (5)

this herb available from Solgar, here in South Africa but is manufactured in the United States.
It is excellent. Please try and get the Russian grown root.
Johanna Hermans, Cape Town
23/10/2017 18:59
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For sure the U.S. government will ban this plant, almost everything people do in America has become illegal. The country has become a de-facto Police State controlling actions, thoughts, beliefs, customs, even journalists and educators are unable to report news without fear of reprisals. Individual Freedoms in USA is a myth, simply doesn't exist anymore.
Bill, Miami, Florida, citizen of the the "Formerly Free" States of America
11/08/2013 21:25
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It's just another plant that my government will ban the growth and sell of because pharmaceutical companies will lobby so they can monopolize the plant.
Michael, USA
09/08/2013 03:42
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I never use any other herbs
Timur age 101, Russia
07/07/2013 17:07
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haha yes indeed this root is @ every chemist in Russia let alone Siberia
Olga, Tyumen
06/07/2013 21:22
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