A Sugar-Free, Caffeine-Free Energy Boost

You’re halfway through your long road trip and feel your eyes getting heavy. It’s 2PM and your ability to focus on work seems to have completely escaped you. After a less-than-optimal night’s sleep you just can’t get your brain going to knock out that to-do list.

Have you ever been there? What do you do? It’s in these moments that most people reach for a caffeine-packed  energy drink or giant (probably sugar-filled) cup of coffee. Don’t be too proud if you use a sugar substitute instead, that may not be much better for you. What if there was another way to boost your energy and focus without adding calories to your diet or harming your brain? Meet: Rhodiola rosea.

What is it and where is it from?

Rhodiola rosea is a plant that is found mainly in arctic environments and high altitudes in the northern hemisphere including parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. The underground stem contains the nutrients commonly used in supplementation. Many different cultures have used rhodiola, historically referred to as “golden root,” for centuries, to help with energy, fatigue, and a variety of other health issues.

How can Rhodiola Help You?

Rhodiola rosea has been studied for many different benefits including physical performance and mental performance, and has been shown to have immense therapeutic potential. Rhodiola rosea’s consistent benefits include countering fatigue, sharpening attention, and increasing mental capacity. It doesn’t just help your brain though; it has also been shown to help energy levels when exercising. This incredible root has even been found to have a beneficial effect on mood. Additionally, rhodiola has strong antioxidant properties to fight free radicals and has been shown to be a powerful adaptogen which helps the body adapt to and resist stress.

Where can you get it?

Think this energy-supporting, wonder-root sounds too exotic to get your hands on? Think again. Rhodiola rosea can be found at a clinical dose in BrainMD’s Focus & Energy. Supported by rhodiola rosea and four other ingredients like the powerful Asian ginseng root extract and decaffeinated green tea extract, Focus & Energy can help to promote concentration, energy and a healthy response to stress. So next time you hit the road, or the afternoon wall, reach for Focus & Energy instead of those unhealthy beverages.

Laura Nunes