Arctic Root: Is It Good For You?

It seems like just about every kind of supplement goes by a million different names now, doesn't it? Take artic root for example. Have you heard of it? Well, what about golden root?

Perhaps Rhodiola Rosea, or Rhodiola root?

If you've heard of any of those terms, you've heard of the same time. Rhodiola Rosea is the scientific classification of the plant, while Rhodiola root is what the supplement you're taking is derived from.

Golden root is in reference to the physical appearance, while arctic root is in regards to the plant's presence in mostly the arctic regions of eastern Europe and Asia.

Whatever name you prefer to use, it's important to know if it's safe to add to your diet and whether or not you should include it or avoid it all together.

Don't you worry though. We'll go into the ins and outs of whether the arctic root is actually good for you. 

Artic Root Health Benefits

First of all, let's dive a bit into the health benefits of the arctic root. In fact, there are a number of desirable health outcomes you may experience when adding it to your diet.

For starters, if you have any kind of thyroid issue, such as thyroid cancer, this root (and extracts from the root) can help level out hormone production, which in turn can aid in treatments for your thyroid condition. 

As the root helps improve the chemical hormonal production of your body, it may also improve your mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

If you suffer from weight gain due to hormonal imbalance, correcting this issue can help in losing weight, so while not only improving your overall hormonal chemical production you may drop weight as well. 

On top of this, if you workout and experience extended bouts of tenderness and pain in your muscles (beyond the pain you might feel if you heavily work out a muscle you haven't hit in a while, or you hit it in a slightly different way than normal), it's likely due to a lactic acid buildup in the muscles.

This acid buildup both causes an increased level of pain while slowing down muscle recover. The arctic root can help control and reduce lactic acid build-up within your muscles.

Doing so cuts down the unpleasant levels of pain in your muscles while also improving recovering time, allowing you to return to the gym sooner.

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Artic Root: What Are Possible Side Effects?

Side effects with the arctic root are mild at best. These side effects may pop up when you first begin taking the supplement as your body isn't accustomed to the natural ingredients (which in reality is no different than adding in any other kind of natural ingredient your body isn't accustomed to).

The potential side effects may also come up if you take more than the recommended dosage listed on the product's label. It's always important to stick to the recommended dosage. 

The most common effects you'll experience while using an arctic root supplement or extract is feeling drowsy, yet also finding it difficult to fall asleep.

Your stomach may cramp or you could feel bloated early on as your body adjusts to absorbing the supplement (this side effect will likely subside over time). You may also suffer from headaches or occasional dizziness. 

Most of the time, these side effects will go away shortly. However, if you experience any of the side effects for more than a few days it is best to stop taking the arctic root supplement. 

Higher Dosage Side Effects

There are times where you might feel inclined to increase your dosage in order to obtain the desired effect. This is not recommended as it can lead to additional side effects.

While not extremely dangerous, you probably would rather avoid these side effects. Higher dosage issues can include suffering from insomnia and hypersalivation.

You might feel restless and nauseous. Additionally, you can feel agitated and even begin suffering from anxiety (especially if you currently suffer from anxiety).

Nursing or Pregnant

One thing we will often caution individuals on is unless there's extensive research on women who are pregnant or nursing, it's best to just avoid the supplement. Thankfully in a few months, you'll be able to start up on the arctic root if you so choose.

There really isn't much in way of research here, so while there likely isn't kind of a problem, we believe it's probably better to continue on with the natural prenatal vitamins and anything else your doctor recommends.

And don't worry. If new information and research come out saying it's safe for pregnant or nursing women to take arctic root, you better believe we'll let you know!

On Medication

If you're taking any kind of medication, ask your doctor about including arctic root in the treatment.

In some cases, the combination of the root and medication can go hand in hand. In certain instances, though this isn't the case.

If you take medication to lower your blood glucose levels due to diabetes, the arctic root may lower your blood sugar levels too far, which can lead to passing out.

So run it by your healthcare professional ahead of time. 

In Conclusion

Arctic root, or however you refer to it, has a number of key health benefits.

From boosting your mood to helping with hormonal weight loss, there's no denying you'll come across an assortment of possible benefits when using arctic root extracts.

However, you just need to know what possible side effects there are. As we like to say, the more you know the better prepared you are and the better decision for yourself you can make.

If you're perfectly healthy and want to test out the supplement extracts, by all means, test it out!

Pay extra attention to your body and note down any change, either positive or negative. If you experience any kind of negative side effect you can easily stop using the root without any kind of withdrawal or problems like that. 

Now, if you do have a medical condition where you take medication, or you're on a specific diet to address the concerns, it's always a good idea to just talk it over with your doctor.

Chances are adding the supplement will not interfere with the medication, but again, when it comes to your health it's always better to be safe.

Once you have all the knowledge regarding your own health, you can begin (should you so choose) taking advantage of the arctic root.