Rhodiola Rosea – Energy Booster
Alternative Medicine Magazine named rhodiola rosea in their list of the Top Five Natural Energy Boosters. Rhodiola rosea is able to stimulate the production of ATP and CP in our cells, therefore rhodiola is able to pump up the fuel available to our body. In addition, rhodiola rosea can elevate DNA and RNA in cells and trigger the manufacture of proteins used to repair damaged cells, and therefore increase the number of healthy cells that can produce energy. Rhodiola rosea is also a powerful antioxidant and can defend against oxidative damage to our cells and, in turn, the mitochondria.
The ability of rhodiola rosea to improve our cellular energy production goes a long way in explaining how one herb can have so many positive health benefits.
What Is ATP and CP and How Do They Give Me Energy?
Every cell in our body has these amazing little cellular structures called mitochondria. The mitochondria are responsible for converting the nutrients from the food we eat into energy. Yes, the mitochondria have the daunting task of providing energy for every cell in our body, so we can eat, move, think, talk, breath, etc.
Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogenic herb which means that it helps to build resistance to all areas of bodily stress such as extreme heat or cold, toxic chemicals, sleep deprivation, and depression while producing a normalizing influence on the body. The important thing with an adaptogen is that it is able to adapt to what the body needs and keep the body in balance. If an herb helped with physical exhaustion, but did nothing to protect against viruses it would not be adaptogenic. The adaptogenic herb is also safe and non-toxic with few, if any, side effects.
The Mitochondria converts nutrients into ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and CP (creatine phosphate), which are stored in the cell. Simply think of ATP and CP as the fuel that our body needs to run. As long as we produce more ATP and CP than our body uses, we have an energy surplus and our body feels great. On the other hand, if those tiny Mitochondria cannot keep up with the body’s demand for energy – we have an energy deficit – and this can lead to many health problems.
ATP is made on demand in our body, but we do not keep large reserves of ATP in our body. At any given time, we only have about 100 grams of ATP in our body. This may sound like a lot but an active cell requires more than 2 million ATP molecules per second. Some quick math shows that our bodily store of ATP is sufficient to satisfy our needs for only a few seconds, therefore, the store of ATP needs to be continuously replenished. Simply put, if our body stopped making ATP for 4 seconds – we would die.
What Causes an Energy Deficit in our Body?
Damage to our mitochondria- It can be oxidative stress, emotional stress, physical stress, toxins in our body, normal wear and tear at a cellular level – basically anything that decreases the capacity of the mitochondria can deplete our supply of ATP and CP and create that dreaded energy deficit.