Rhodiola Rosea (also known as Golden Root, Arctic Root, King’s Crown and Rose Root) is an herbal adaptogen that promotes a healthy response to stressors: reducing fatigue when stressed, supporting physical fitness during stress, and promoting subjective well-being when coping with stress.
Rhodiola Rosea Benefits
- Promotes stamina and may boost athletic performance during exercise (ref)(ref)*
- Maintains energy levels, especially during stress (ref)*
- Supports well-being and promotes a healthy response to stress (ref)*
Rhodiola Rosea Mode of Action
Rhodiola Rosea is a plant treasured for the active constituents of its roots. The root contains more than 30 compounds which include glycosides. Its active glycoside salidroside (or rhodosine, rhodioloside) and a compound called rosavin are believed to be the active compounds in Rhodiola Rosea. Other plants in the Rhodiola family do not contain rosavin (1).
Rhodiola stimulates dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and nicotinic cholinergic pathways in the central nervous system (2). The studies in animals, which may not be representative of the effect in humans, suggest that Rhodiola may increase serotonin levels (3).
Rhodiola’s effects on the central nervous system and its effects on neural plasticity (4) are thought to be the mechanism behind its ability to reduce symptoms of work-related stress, as illustrated by a study on fatigue with night doctors (2).
Rhodiola has also been studied for its promise of reducing symptoms of people under chronic stress and improving their perceived stress levels (7).
In addition, Rhodiola may improve endurance during exercise performance because of its mediating effects of decreasing heart rate and the perception of effort during exercise (5). It may also boost anaerobic performance (6).
Rhodiola Rosea Capsules
Pure Nootropics’ Rhodiola Rosea capsules provide 500 mg (of Standardized 3% Rosavins and 1% Salidrosides) per 1 capsule. Suggested use for adults is 1 capsule by mouth daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. If you are taking any medications, always consult with you Healthcare Practitioner before beginning any new supplement.
Rhodiola Rosea Side Effects & Toxicity
Though generally well tolerated, some side effects of Rhodiola are usually mild and include an increase or decrease in saliva and dizziness (1).
The LD50 for rats was 3,360 mg/kg, which is an extremely high dose, suggesting Rhodiola is safe at therapeutic doses (2).
Note: If you are taking any medications or supplements, please consult your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation.
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• Promotes stamina and may boost athletic performance during exercise*
Noreen, EE, et al. “The Effects of an Acute Dose of Rhodiola Rosea on Endurance Exercise Performance.” J Strength Cond Res., vol. 27, no. 3, Mar. 2013, pp. 839–847., doi:10.1519/JSC.0b013e31825d9799.
Ballmann, CG, et al. “Effects of Short-Term Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root Extract) Supplementation on Anaerobic Exercise Performance.” J Sports Sci., 29 Oct. 2018, pp. 1–6., doi:10.1080/02640414.2018.1538028.
• Maintains energy levels, especially during stress*
Darbinyan, V, et al. “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, vol. 7, no. 5, Oct. 2000, pp. 365–71., www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11081987.
• Supports well-being and promotes a healthy response to stress*
Kasper, S, and A Dienel. “Multicenter, Open-Label, Exploratory Clinical Trial with Rhodiola Rosea Extract in Patients Suffering from Burnout Symptoms.” Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat., vol. 13, 22 Mar. 2017, pp. 889–898., doi:10.2147/NDT.S120113.
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2. Brown, Richard P., et al. “Rhodiola Rosea: A Phytomedical Overview.” Herbal Gram, no. 56, pp. 40–52. American Botanical Council, cms.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/issue56/article2333.html?ts=1552330229&signature=61cec8b8766a465a91d947d2bccf1f2e.
3. Chen, QG, et al. “The Effects of Rhodiola Rosea Extract on 5-HT Level, Cell Proliferation and Quantity of Neurons at Cerebral Hippocampus of Depressive Rats.” Phytomedicine, vol. 16, no. 9, Sept. 2009, pp. 830–8., doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2009.03.011.
4. Concerto, C, et al. “Exploring the Effect of Adaptogenic Rhodiola Rosea Extract on Neuroplasticity in Humans.” Complement Ther Med., vol. 41, Dec. 2018, pp. 141–146., c.
5. Noreen, EE, et al. “The Effects of an Acute Dose of Rhodiola Rosea on Endurance Exercise Performance.” J Strength Cond Res., vol. 27, no. 3, Mar. 2013, pp. 839–847., doi:10.1519/JSC.0b013e31825d9799.
6. Ballmann, CG, et al. “Effects of Short-Term Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root Extract) Supplementation on Anaerobic Exercise Performance.” J Sports Sci., 29 Oct. 2018, pp. 1–6., doi:10.1080/02640414.2018.1538028.
7. Kasper, S, and A Dienel. “Multicenter, Open-Label, Exploratory Clinical Trial with Rhodiola Rosea Extract in Patients Suffering from Burnout Symptoms.” Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat., vol. 13, 22 Mar. 2017, pp. 889–898., doi:10.2147/NDT.S120113.