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Herb Found to Fight Viruses

Herb Found to Fight Viruses
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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 01:16 PM

The herb Rhodiola rosea has been shown to protect marathon runners against virus.

The findings, by researchers from Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus, suggest the herb may prove beneficial for more than just athletes, Fox News reports.

Past studies have linked Rhodiola rosea, also known as artic root or golden root, to health benefits such as helping to fight depression, aiding weight loss, increasing sexual function, and improving energy levels.

The new study, published in the journal Frontiers of Nutrition, found that marathon runners who took 600 milligrams of Rhodiola rosea a month before a race had up to 12 hours of protection against viral infection after the marathon.

Runners are prone to viral illnesses, such as upper respiratory tract infections, after competing.

“Basically after heavy exertion bacteria and viruses can multiply at a higher rate than normal due to factors in the serum like stress hormones and inflammatory cytokines,” said David Nieman, director of the ASU lab said in a press release. “This is why runners are six times more likely to get sick after a marathon. We showed that in those who used Rhodiola rosea the viruses could not multiply, meaning it was acting as a countermeasure.”

The ASU study builds on past studies that have identified the anti-viral activity of blueberry and green tea polyphenols, researchers noted.

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The medicinal herb Rhodiola rosea has been shown to protect marathon runners against virus. The findings, by researchers from Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus, suggest the herb may prove beneficial for more than just athletes.
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