What is Rhodiola Rosea?
Rhodiola Rosea is a flowering plant grown in high-altitude regions of the world. It has been used in traditional medicine in parts of Europe, Asia and Russia for centuries. Numerous studies have been conducted on the plant with promising results, while much more research is ongoing. Today, it is Rhodiola Rosea is widely used as a dietary supplement for it many health benefits.
Health Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea
We have all encountered some sort of stress in our lives. Short-term acute stress, whether physical or mental, is a normal and essential piece of survival. The human body has stress mechanisms and control systems to maintain homeostasis, a state of steady and balanced body functions. Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen. Adaptogen is defined as a biologically active plant or herb. Adaptogen have been around for thousands of years and help improve internal and external stressors, normalizing body functions and maintaining homeostasis.1 In other words, they provide support with energy, stress, fatigue, brain function, and more.
Increase Energy and Fight Fatigue
Rhodiola Rosea is shown to improve mental and physical performance, endurance, and concentration while fatigued. A study evaluating 100 people with chronic fatigue were given 400mg of Rhodiola Rosea daily for eight weeks. The greatest improvements were seen after just one week with fatigue symptoms continuing to improve with prolonged use.2
One trial investigated the effects of Rhodiola Rosea extract in 101 people with common life stress. The participants were given 400 mg per day for four weeks. Upon the study’s conclusion, it found significant improvements with regard to symptoms of stress, such as fatigue, exhaustion, and anxiety, after just three days of treatment. The participants continued to see improvements throughout the study.1
Improve Brain Function
In 2000, a study was conducted on 56 physicians working night shifts. They were either given 170mg of Rhodiola Rosea or a placebo for two weeks. Upon conclusion of the study, it was found that Rhodiola Rosea reduced mental fatigue and improved performance in work-related tasks by 20% compared to the placebo.3
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- Panossian A, Wikman G, Kaur P, Asea, A. Adaptogens exert a stress-protective effect by modulation of expression of molecular chaperones.2009 Jun;16(6-7):617-22. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2008.12.003. Epub 2009 Feb 1. View Article
- 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. View Article
- Lekomtseva Y, Zhukova I, Wacker A. Rhodiola rosea in Subjects with Prolonged or Chronic Fatigue Symptoms: Results of an Open-Label Clinical Trial. Complement Med Res. 2017;24(1):46-52. doi: 10.1159/000457918. Epub 2017 Feb 17. PMID: 28219059. View Article
- 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. View Article
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