Rhodiola

Origin and History of Rhodiola

 
 

The Rhodiola rosea, also Rosenwurz, called golden root or arctic root, is an alpine plant from the thick-leafed family (Crassulaceae). It grows in the arctic regions of Europe and Asia. The conditions of the high-altitude habitat with long winters and barren soils are harsh.

 
 

Only thanks to a large number of strengthening and protective ingredients was the robust little plant able to adapt to the harsh climate. These special ingredients of Rhodiola rosea also have many positive and useful properties for humans. Rhodiola rosea has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, especially in Russia and Scandinavia, to increase performance and relieve symptoms of fatigue. Rhodiola rosea is one of the most important adaptogens.

 

 
 

What is an adaptogen?

 
 

Adaptogens are plants that general resistance of the organism to stress and stressors raise. They help the organism to adapt to stressful situations and can alleviate stress-induced symptoms. Through their harmonizing function, adaptogens can help the organism to maintain its inner balance. A body in balance can deal better with stressful situations in the long term (see Figure 1).

 

 
 
 
 
 

Fig. 1: Effect of adaptogens on body balance

 

Rhodiola - natural resilience and energy in stressful situations

Studies have found that Rhodiola rosea reduce physical and mental stress can (1). Thanks to its adaptogenic and stimulating properties, Rhodiola rosea increases tolerance to stress while giving more energy (2). Rhodiola rosea reduces the release of stress hormones (2) and has a positive effect on the signal substances (neurotransmitters) of the nerve cells and the activity of the central nervous system (3). In addition, Rhodiola rosea improves the blood flow in the brain. This will make the promote mental performance and concentration. Additionally, Rhodiola rosea has been shown to have antioxidant, antidepressant, and anti-anxiety properties (2). Rhodiola rosea is recommended for relieving physical and mental symptoms associated with stress and overwork, such as fatigue, exhaustion, irritability, and tension (2). Rosavin is one of the most important bioactive substances in plants.

 

 
 

Your daily need for rhodiola

There is no official recommendation yet. Study results suggest a daily intake of 50 mg Rhodiola extract. It is important to use high quality Rhodiola rosea Extrakte to resort to, which are standardized on the ingredient rosavin.

 

 

Study results:

Rhodiola rosea has been intensively researched in Russia and Scandinavia for more than 35 years. Numerous published studies and the listing of Rhodiola rosea in various pharmacopoeias underline the importance of this medicinal plant.

  • Rhodiola rosea helps in times of stress
    In studies with college students, the plant increased intellectual performance, reduced anxiety, and improved general well-being during exam periods (4,5). In addition, students who took Rhodiola were more balanced and motivated, and they achieved better average exam results than the placebo group (6). Rhodiola rosea was also able to significantly reduce symptoms in people with generalized anxiety disorder (7).
 
  • Rhodiola rosea improves concentration and gives energy in case of stress-related fatigue
    In one study, supplementation with rhodiola rosea improved fatigue and increased mental performance in night-time doctors during the first two weeks of use (8). Various studies have found a reduction in tiredness and an increase in the ability to concentrate both in burnout patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and in healthy subjects.

 

Which AgilNature® products contain Rhodiola?

Product milligram * NRV
RelaxAgil tag 50 mg per capsule **

 

*Nutrient Reference Value = Percentage of the reference value according to Annex XIII of the Food Information Regulation (EG) No. 1169/2011.** No recommendation available.

 

Literature:

  1. http://www.phytodoc.de/heilpflanze/rosenwurz/wirkung/
  2. http://www.pharmawiki.ch/wiki/index.php?wiki=Rosenwurz
  3. Kelly GS. (2001): Rhodiola rosea: a possible plant adaptogen. Altern Med Rev. 2001 Jun; 6 (3): 293-302. Review
  4. Spasov AA et al. (2000): 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.
  5. Spasov AA et al. (2000): The effect of the preparation rodakson on the psychophysiological and physical adaptation of students to an academic load. Exp Clin Pharmacol. 2000 Jan-Feb; 63(1): 76-8 Russian
  6. No authors listed (2002): Rhodiola rosea. Monograph. Aging Med Review. 2002 Oct; 7(5): 421-3.
  7. Bystritsky A et al. (2008): A pilot study of Rhodiola rosea for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Mar; 14(2):175-80.
  8. Darbinyan V et al. (2001): 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