US SCIENTISTS PROVE WHAT SIBERIAN GRANNIES HAVE KNOWN FOR GENERATIONS ABOUT MAGICAL ARCTIC HERB
The Epoch Times
Nov 20 2014
Californian academics have confirmed golden root (Rhodiola rosea)
DOES increase lifespan by 24 percent (well, in fruit flies anyway,
and hopefully in humans).
>From The Siberian Times: Researchers surmise that the Siberian herb
golden root–known in Russia 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 the University of California-Irvine last
year. “So far, we’ve only seen the effect in flies, worms, and yeast.
But nothing quite like this has been observed before.”
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. Starting in the 1940s, Soviet
researchers studied its impact on athletes and later on 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 product.
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, Jafari said, “reveal that Rhodiola is worthy of continued
study, and we are now investigating why this herb works to increase
Researchers supplemented the diet of adult fruit flies with four herbs
known for their anti-aging properties, which were each 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.” The average lifespan of a fruit fly is about a
month to 50 days.
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 colored flower, only in the past decade. This followed an
Armenian clinical trial which showed 500 milligrams of Rhodiola rosea
extract helped treat mild to moderate depression. Practitioners of
“naturopathic” or herbal medicine in the United States cottoned
It was Russian scientist Dr. Nicolai Lazarev who coined the name
“adaptogen.” Adaptogens are natural substances found only in a few
rare plants, which provide special nutrients to help the body achieve
optimal mental, physical, and work performance and increase resistance
to chemical, biological, and physical stressors.
Russian researchers characterize Rhodiola as an adaptogen.
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 titled “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.
He wrote that it, “promotes energy, stamina, sexual function and
desire. It reduces stress-induced chemicals, resulting in a sense of
well-being.” Now we know it may boost longevity, too.
Just like babushka said! Well, she said most of that, maybe not