Rhodiola is a herb and root that is used to enhance energy, stamina and also brain clarity. It is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body to adapt to whatever physical or emotional stress your body is under, adaptogens also help the body to normalise and use its resources in a more efficient way.
I use it with clients who are exhausted and are completely flat lining in the energy stakes, usually due to the stressful lives that we live. Rhodiola helps to balance the nervous system and so can be helpful for sleep disturbances, headaches, irritability and fatigue.
It may be helpful for your mood because rhodiola is thought to enhance the transport of tryptophan and 5HTP which we need to make serotonin, our feel good factor!
Along with mood it is also thought to be good for memory, it can enhance your concentration and and your mood. This may be due to the fact that it is helping you deal with stress and sleep and the up shot of that is that you feel more alert than you otherwise would!
Another place where I use this nutrient in clinic, is when people are doing a lot of training, it speeds up recovery time of the muscles because it helps the proteins to repair the muscle faster. Whilst you are exercising it also stimulates muscle energy so will keep you running for longer!