Ashwagandha and Rhodiola rosea help
to manage temporary stress
Feeling mentally exhausted, less dynamic, and less productive during the day is becoming more and more frequent and is now one of the leading causes of sick leave.
Stress is defined as a state of tension and mental fatigue caused by the requirement for higher than normal performance. Overwork, economic or social pressures are unconsciously perceived as a threat, and the body reacts by activating the pituitary-adrenal axis and the vegetative nervous system.
Both systems release hormones into the bloodstream, which are responsible for regulating the activity of the body and mind.
The relationship between stress and mental fatigue is therefore direct: the higher the level of stress, the greater the effort and, consequently, the higher the mental fatigue. The opposite is also observed. When we feel tired, the demands of everyday life can generate stress. When the professional environment causes stress, we speak of “Burn Out” syndrome.
Ashwagandha is a plant of the Solanaceae family, native to India.
It is also found in the Far East and Mediterranean countries. It has been used since antiquity in Ayurvedic medicine for its adaptogenic properties.
Its name comes from Sanskrit, which means “horse smell” because this plant has a strong smell. Its roots have properties similar to those of Chinese ginseng, which is why in Europe it is often called “Indian ginseng,” although unlike ginseng, ashwagandha is not a stimulant.
Ashwagandha normalizes the body’s functions by bringing calm and serenity (Bhattacharya, 2003).
The Rhodiola rosea is a plant of the family of the crasulaceae. It originates from the Arctic and Alpine regions.
The plant was known by Dioscorides (Greek botanist) in the 1st century AD, as well as by the ancient Chinese. Siberians used Rhodiola rosea root to increase physical stamina, work capacity, longevity, and to improve resistance to mountain sickness.
It is primarily used as an antiasthenic to reduce fatigue and improve physical and mental abilities. It is an adaptogenic plant that promotes resistance to chemical, biological, and physical stressors (Khanum 2005 and Blomkvist 1995).
Rhodiola rosea regulates cortisol and stimulates energy metabolism.
Optim Serenity is recommended for adults.
Not recommended for pregnant women.
Patients undergoing psychiatric treatment are advised to check with their treating physician before taking an extract of Rhodiola rosea and ashwagandha.
Not recommended for people taking benzodiacepine (drowsiness).
For its antidepressant effect, Rhodiola rosea is not recommended for bipolar people (manic phases).
Studies on animals show that Ashwagandha can increase the levels of T3 and T4. Vigilance and follow-up by a doctor recommended for people with hyperthyroidism.
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Blomkvist J, Taube A, Larhammar D: Perspective on roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) studies. Planta Med. 2009 Sep;75(11):1187-1190
Khanum F et al: Rhodiola rosea, a versatile adaptogen. Comp Rev Food Sci Food Safety 2005 (4) 55-62