Support Memory Function with the Arctic Herb: Rhodiola rosea*
Short-term memory (or "active memory") is the capacity for holding a small amount of information in mind that is readily available for use.
It's one of the most functional types of intelligence, because we use short-term memory in virtually everything we do.
Where are my car keys? (Short-term memory)
What did I walk into the bedroom for? (Short-term memory)
What was I supposed to get at the grocery store?
(you get the idea...)
It's so much a part of our lives that we rarely consider it. But we should.
All day long, your memory capacity is being assaulted by various environmental stressors.
Here are a few of the most common stressors that lead to short-term memory decline:
Even in small amounts, alcohol has a "deleterious" effect on memories (it deletes them). According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it just takes a few drinks.
A lack of Vitamin B12 is one of the most common deficiencies. Good natural sources are meat, fish, nuts, and beans.
Chronic stress can lead to depressive symptoms, which negatively affect mood and cognitive performance.
Sleep Deprivation (and Sleep Apnea):
Waking frequently throughout the night is linked with memory loss and dementia. Shoot for 7 hours per night.
If you wake frequently, schedule 8-9 hours from the time you go to bed to when you have to wake up.
This will act as a buffer against losing sleep to frequent waking.
Beyond taming your alcohol intake, getting enough B vitamins, and getting a handle on your stress levels—you can take Rhodiola rosea extract to support short-term memory and focus.
A study published in the June 2010 issue of Phytomedicine summarizes some of the most impressive research findings regarding this plant medicine.
In the study, night duty medical doctors were given 100 mg of Rhodiola Rosea for two weeks.
At the conclusion of the study, researchers recorded significant improvements in mental fatigue, concentration and short-term memory…*
Here is a quote taken from that study:
“A number of clinical trials demonstrate that repeated administration of R. rosea extract SHR-5 exerts an anti-fatigue effect that increases mental performance (particularly the ability to concentrate in healthy subjects), and reduces burnout in patients with fatigue syndrome.
Encouraging results exist for the use of Rhodiola in mild to moderate depression, and generalized anxiety.”*
Rhodiola doesn't just improve mental performance.* It also has some surprising effects related to Central Nervous System recovery and mood.
You can learn more about Rhodiola rosea—and the 7 other super-herbs and minerals we packed into Mag R&R—here.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary. Research referenced does not guarantee similar results. These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
4. Darbinyan, V; Kteyan, A; Panossian, A; Gabrielian, E; Wikman, G; Wagner, H (Oct 2000). "Rhodiola rosea in stress induced fatigue--a double blind cross-over study of a standardized extract SHR-5 with a repeated low-dose regimen on the mental performance of healthy physicians during night duty." Phytomedicine: international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology 7 (5): 365–71.