Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogenic herb that on consumption helps your body adapt to stress, also called “golden root” containing more than 140 types of active ingredients like Rosavin, flavonoids, phenols, etc.
It not only helps in relieving fatigue and brain fog caused by a medical illness or medications but also reduces the effects of aging and promotes a better livelihood. Moreover, Salidroside, a potent component of Rhodiola, has been investigated for its anticancer properties.
As, the current environment we live in is full of Environmental, physical, and psychological stress, this little herb found in cold and mountainous regions, is a great supplement to use regularly to improve the quality of life. When nature has gifted us with such brilliant ways to heal, then why suffer daily?
Researches Supporting Rhodiola Use:
- Effect on Stress, Anxiety, and Depression:
In one research, 101 people with life and work-related stress were given Rhodiola extract to see how it affected them. For four weeks, participants were given 400 mg per day
After only three days, they observed major changes in stress symptoms including fatigue, exhaustion, and anxiety. These gains persisted during the research.(D Edwards et.al , 2012)
Rhodiola rosea has also been suggested to have antidepressant properties by balancing the neurotransmitters in brain and thus elevating the mood.
- Effect on Cognitive Function and Learning:
Rhodiola decreased mental exhaustion and increased work-related task efficiency by 20% as compared to a placebo in a study done on Doctors on night duty.(V Darbinyan et. Al, 2000)
After taking Rhodiola supplements for 20 days, students reported substantially less mental exhaustion, better sleep habits, and increased motivation to learn. In addition, their exam scores were 8% higher than those in the placebo category.(Spasov AA, et. Al, 2000)
- Effect on Exercise Performance
An investigation looked into the effect of Rhodiola on endurance exercise results. A six-mile simulated time-trial race was completed by the participants. Participants were given Rhodiola at a dosage of 1.4 mg per pound (3 mg per kg) of body weight or a placebo pill an hour before the race. Those who were given Rhodiola completed the race much quicker than those who were given a placebo.(Noreen EE et.al 2013)
Edwards D, Heufelder A, Zimmermann A. Therapeutic effects and safety of Rhodiola rosea extract WS® 1375 in subjects with life-stress symptoms–results of an open-label study. Phytother Res. 2012 Aug;26(8):1220-5. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3712. Epub 2012 Jan 6. PMID: 22228617.
Darbinyan V, Kteyan A, Panossian A, Gabrielian E, Wikman G, Wagner H. 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. 2000 Oct;7(5):365-71. doi: 10.1016/S0944-7113(00)80055-0. PMID: 11081987.
Noreen EE, Buckley JG, Lewis SL, Brandauer J, Stuempfle KJ. The effects of an acute dose of Rhodiola rosea on endurance exercise performance. J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Mar;27(3):839-47. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31825d9799. PMID: 23443221.
Spasov AA, Wikman GK, Mandrikov VB, Mironova IA, Neumoin VV. A double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of the stimulating and adaptogenic effect of Rhodiola rosea SHR-5 extract on the fatigue of students caused by stress during an examination period with a repeated low-dose regimen. Phytomedicine. 2000 Apr;7(2):85-9. doi: 10.1016/S0944-7113(00)80078-1. PMID: 10839209.