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Rhodiola Rosea May Help With Depression
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Rhodiola rosea has a reputation for improving depression according to the monograph for this compound. Effect on Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine
Rhodiola rosea increases levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain
“The adaptogenic properties, cardiopulmonary protective effects, and central nervous system activities of Rhodiola rosea have been attributed primarily to its ability to influence levels and activity of… serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in [ the brain ],” the monograph notes.
Inhibits Breakdown of Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine
Rhodiola rosea inhibits the enzymes that breakdown serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain
“It is believed the changes in [ levels of these neurotransmitters ] are due to inhibition of the activity of enzymes responsible for… degradation [ of these neurotransmitters ] and facilitation of neurotransmitter transport within the brain.”
Protects the Heart
Rhodiola rosea protects the heart and prevents depletion of adrenaline and noradrenaline due to stress
“In addition to these central effects, Rhodiola has been reported to prevent both… release [ of adrenaline and noradrenaline ] and subsequent cyclic AMP elevation in the [ heart muscle ], and the depletion of adrenal catecholamines induced by acute stress.”
Rhodiola rosea monograph. Alternative Medicine Review, 2002, 7(5):421-423.
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